^By MICHAEL MELIA  Associated Press
LEDYARD, Conn. (AP) _ The chief of police for the Mashantucket
Pequot Tribal Nation in Connecticut has resigned amid questions
about his department’s ability to take on a larger role as planned
inside the tribe’s Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Two tribal government employees told The Associated Press the
resignation of Chief Daniel Collins was announced internally on
Thursday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were
not authorized to discuss internal affairs.

His departure follows inquiries to the tribe by the AP about
issues with the police department. Former employees said in
interviews that it can barely manage to patrol the tiny
reservation, let alone the casino.

The Pequots’ tribal council says its officers are fully trained
and competent.

A spokesman for the tribe did not immediately respond to
questions about the chief’s resignation.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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