Officer Nikka, Vaughn Police Department

News broke this week that the Town of Vaughn, New Mexico has only one qualified police officer on staff.  And he’s a dog.

The town’s human police chief resigned after it was found that he was not allowed to carry a gun because he’s a convicted felon with a large outstanding sum in child support.  The only other human officer was convicted in 2010 of battery, leaving him unable to carry a gun or make arrests.

That leaves Nikka, who was purchased for the sum of $10,000 to sniff out drugs (drug traffickers work in the area because of its remoteness).

There’s only about 500 residents in the town and no one seems bothered that their only sworn officer is a canine.   Given the character deficiencies of the town’s human officers, some would say that Nikka is an improvement!

Source:  The Times

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

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