Only Cop in New Mexico Town is a Dog
The police chief of the small eastern New Mexico town of Vaughn resigned Wednesday, leaving Nikka the drug-sniffing dog as the only member of the police force.
Dave Romero, attorney for the town, said Wednesday that police Chief Ernest “Chris” Armijo decided to step down after news stories reported that he wasn’t allowed to carry a gun because of his criminal background.
Now, according to records, the only certified member of the town’s police department is “Nikka” a drug-sniffing dog. The only other Vaughn officer pleaded guilty to charges of assault last year and isn’t qualified.
Non-certified officers aren’t allowed to make arrests or carry firearms.
State officials said Armijo couldn’t carry a gun since acknowledging that he owed tens of thousands of dollars in delinquent child support payments in Texas. According to CBS affiliate KRQE, Armijo had instead been carrying a fake gun.