Reno leaders upset 5 officers in Ukraine, order them home

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Posted: Feb 26, 2015 12:18 PM

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The city of Reno has ordered its police chief to immediately bring home five police officers helping provide law enforcement training in Ukraine.

Chief Steve Pitts assured the City Council that he'll get them out of Kiev and on their way to Reno this weekend after the council voted 4-3 Wednesday to suspend the operation.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports (http://tinyurl.com/onyovlq ) that Mayor Hillary Schieve and several other council members were upset Pitts hadn't consulted them before deploying the officers to the country where fighting between troops and separatist rebels has killed nearly 5,800 since April.

The officers traveled to Ukraine late last month to help provide training in community policing tactics through a program with the U.S. Justice Department.

Schieve says it's her job to protect all the city's residents.

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Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com