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West Tenn. police officer fired for smoking indoors

A police officer in West Tennessee was fired after 17 years on the force for repeatedly smoking cigarettes inside the precinct in violation of the city's no smoking policy. A police officer in West Tennessee was fired after 17 years on the force for repeatedly smoking cigarettes inside the precinct in violation of the city's no smoking policy.

NEWBERN, Tenn. (AP) - A police officer in West Tennessee was fired after 17 years on the force for repeatedly smoking cigarettes inside the precinct in violation of the city's no smoking policy.

Newbern police terminated Sgt. James Bishop last week for repeatedly smoking indoors despite a 2007 city policy prohibiting smoking inside all municipal offices and buildings.

According to the termination letter obtained by the State Gazette, Police Chief Harold Dunivant said he had complaints that police personnel were smoking inside their offices and issued a warning that disciplinary action could be taken.

Dunivant said he got new complaints about Bishop smoking indoors and was forced to fire him.

Information from: State Gazette.

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