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China Grove Disbands 3-Person Police Department

Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013  |  Updated 9:55 AM CDT
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China Grove Disbands 3-Person Police Department

Alex Alejandre

Leaders of a South Texas city have disbanded the three-person police department amid complaints of officers not doing their jobs.

The China Grove City Council on Monday indefinitely suspended Chief Larry Davis and the other two officers in the San Antonio-area community of nearly 1,200. Law enforcement was turned over to the Bexar County Sheriff's Office.

Council members in October voted to add a third officer amid hundreds of unserved warrants.

Mayor Eugene Ripps said China Grove received complaints of lack of patrols and performance reviews were done. He said new officers will be hired but gave no timetable.

Davis said he wasn't aware of Monday's special council meeting. Officer Damian Balderas said police are either in the city or out serving warrants and can't do both.

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