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Edmonton police officer disciplined for lying about flying helicopters

The badge of the Edmonton Police Service. File/Global News

An Edmonton police officer has been docked a week’s pay for lying about being a helicopter pilot. Const. Jess Bagan pleaded guilty last year to two counts of misconduct in what police are calling a unique case.

A recent written decision from his disciplinary hearing says Bagan wasn’t required to fly a helicopter.

It says Bagan told several officers that he was an experienced pilot and had previously worked for STARS air ambulance.

He also dropped the fib during a 2014 interview for a position with the force’s crime scene unit – a job that also did not require him to be a pilot.

The decision says Bagan suffered from depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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