Edmonton police officer disciplined for fib about flying helicopters

An Edmonton police officer has been docked a week's pay for lying about being a helicopter pilot.

'The most that can be said is that he possibly just tried to make himself a bit more interesting'

An Edmonton police officer told several colleagues he was an experienced pilot and had previously worked for STARS air ambulance, neither of which was true. (CBC)

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.

"For no obvious reason, he manufactured and perpetuated a story that he had been a helicopter pilot," said the decision by presiding officer Supt. Mark Logar.

"The most that can be said is that he possibly just tried to make himself a bit more interesting. More likely, however, this may have been just part of the psychological struggles the constable was enduring at the time."

Logar said deceit is a serious offence and the public must be able to trust police.

He ordered that Bagan's rank be reduced in seniority for a week and that he also lose a week's pay.