October 28, 2009 Edition

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Training required for local officer

Shantelle Prater
Staff Writer

Former Sedgwick Police Chief Ezra Pierce appeared before a committee of the Office of Law Enforcement Standards in Camden in July of 2009, which resulted in Pierce being temporarily replaced by the city of Sedgwick.

Pierce appeared before the OLES board after the board received an inquiry about his credentials. Board members found that Pierce did not have the proper training required to serve as the town's police officer.

Pierce completed his Auxiliary Course training in January of 1997 and understood serving as constable would keep the training active.

OLES members concluded that Pierce should complete additional training. In order to serve as Sedgwick's chief of police, Pierce must complete a 110-hour training course and an additional 12-hour court security class.

Pierce can continue serving as constable but with limited authority unless he receives proper training.

For the time being, Mayor Stanley Debow has replaced Pierce with Will Isreal, who also works for the Hoxie Police Department.

City officials are unsure of Pierce's current standing because he is no longer employed by the city, however Mayor Debow commented that Pierce would be considered for re-hire if he completed the required training.

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