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Tenn. Cop Fired for Smoking In Precinct

January 24, 2012  | 

A veteran Newbern (Tenn.) Police officer was terminated last week for allegedly smoking repeatedly inside the precinct despite warnings.

Sgt. James Bishop, a 17-year veteran, was terminated for violating the city's No Smoking policy. The State Gazette obtained a copy of Bishop's termination letter, which Newbern Police Chief Harold Dunivant sent to Bishop.

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JAYKIRK @ 1/24/2012 6:04 PM

I'M NOT SURE I SMELL SMOKE, BUT I SURE SMELL SOMETHING. GOOD OFFICERS ARE SO HARD TO FIND AND NEWBERN IS SO OVER LOADED WITH THEM THAT THEY CAN JUST DUMP THEM AT WILL. I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL SOMETHING SERIOUS HAPPENS. I CAN JUST HEAR THE DIALOGUE AT CITY HALL WHEN THEY WERE WEIGHING HIS WORK RECORD AGAINST THE HORRIBLE CRIME OF SMOKING.

Marco @ 1/25/2012 7:06 AM

It's not the horrible crime of smoking he was fired for, it was insubordination. How many times does a good officer have to be told repeatedly not to do something? I am sure it was more than a warning or two. He obviously believed the rules did not apply to him.

bluemeanie @ 1/25/2012 7:26 AM

Sure are some dumb people in our profession.

bluemeanie @ 1/25/2012 7:27 AM

Sure are some dumb people in our profession, and a supervisor to boot.

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