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Eastern Oregon City Fires its Only Certified Police Officer

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PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - The city of Pilot Rock has fired its only certified police officer.
 
The City Council voted 4-0 late Tuesday to terminate Gary Thompson. He had been suspended Oct. 30.
 
Thompson said he lost his job for making an unauthorized purchase.
 
Pilot Rock's other officer is Daniel Badal. He is attending the Oregon Public Safety Academy to earn his basic police certification. If he passes, he will have to complete field training before he can work on his own.
 
For now, Pilot Rock is relying on Pendleton to provide police coverage 40 hours per week.
 
Pilot Rock is 15 miles south of Pendleton.

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