Maine Town’s Police Department of 2 Officers Shut Down Due to ‘Personnel Issue’

The move comes after the town's police chief and patrol officer were placed on leave


The police department in Dixfield, Maine, has been shut down.

Dixfield Town Manager Carlo Puiia said Wednesday the abrupt action comes after Police Chief Jefferey Howe and patrol officer Anne Simmons-Edmunds were placed on paid administrative leave.

Howe and Simmons-Edmunds are the department's only full-time officers in the town of about 2,500.

The manager declined to discuss the nature of the "personnel issue."

He tells the Sun Journal that he hopes the matter will be resolved within three to four weeks, when more information will be provided.

The Oxford County Sheriff's Department is providing coverage for the town.

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