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Entire police force in small, southeastern Colorado town abruptly resigns

The entire three-person police force in the small southeastern Colorado town of Springfield, including the police chief, abruptly resigned this week.  The resignations were announced Friday in a letter to the community from Springfield Mayor Tyler Gibson and Baca County Sheriff Aaron Shiplett. They wrote that it was a “time of turbulence within the Springfield […]

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A Colorado town removed its police chief and paid $50,000 to settle allegations against an officer. Then it hired a cop with past complaints.

A small town in southeastern Colorado removed its police chief after he was accused of unprofessional behavior and paid $50,000 to settle claims that one of its officers acted inappropriately toward a 15-year-old girl, The Colorado Sun learned through open records requests. Then this summer, about a month after the settlement was reached, the Springfield […]