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Mike Donoghue/Burlington Free Press
The Vermont State Police seal, created by a print shop run by inmates at the state prison in St. Albans, altered the state seal to include the likeness of a pig, seen in yellow, on the cow’s shoulder. Decals of the seal are on most state police cruisers

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In the feel-good story of the day, an image of a pig — the infamous 1960s-era epithet used by protesters and hippies for police officers — has wound up on a decal used on as many as 30 Vermont State Police cruisers.

Embarrassed state officials on Thursday blamed a failure of the quality assurance office within the Vermont Correctional Industries Print Shop in St. Albans, Vt., to detect a prisoner-artist’s addition made four years ago to the traditional state police logo, reports Mike Donoghue of the Burlington Free Press. In an ingenious bit of subtle social protest, a spot on the shoulder of the cow in the state emblem was modified into a pig.
A witch hunt, I mean an investigation has been launched into how the computer program was “improperly modified” to insert the image of the pig, according to Vermont Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito.