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Trouble Appears to be Brewing in Dunn Police Department

Posted February 25, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— In the last six months, four Dunn police officers have been fired and a fifth is under investigation. The town of 10,000 residents only has 30 officers at full staff.

In September, an officer was fired for using excessive force, in January a 26-year veteran of the force was fired for altering an employment application. A few days later, a lieutenant resigned amid allegations he gave alcohol to a minor. Now, a 17-year veteran is charged with police brutality.

Dunn Police Chief Kenny Sills says sometimes, this sort of trouble can start from within the department.

Dunn resident Phyllis Massey says she thinks the town needs better officers.

Resident Anthony Johnson says he knows the stress of police work can take its toll.

While the past six months have been difficult for the force, the next six months should reveal whether the problems can be addressed. Two of the fired officers are appealing their cases. The officer currently under investigation has been confined to administrative duties.