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By a 6-2 vote at its Thursday meeting, the North Dakota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board found that a fired Fargo cop did not violate conduct related to lying.

Fifteen-year Fargo Police Officer David Boelke and his attorney, Mark Friese, appeared before the nine-member board, as did Fargo Police Sgt. Jared Crane.

Crane testified about his investigation into Boelke, stemming from a missed court appearance, that alleged Boelke lied about physically responding to three calls for service from December 2016 to February 2017. Fargo Police Chief Dave Todd fired Boelke in August.

Testimony and questions largely related to the GPS reliability of Boelke's squad car. Crane said he has 100 percent confidence in the department's GPS accuracy relating to the disputed calls.

"I basically looked at every aspect of this that I could over the course of four months, and every bit of evidence I could find corroborated what these complainants told me," he said.

Boelke disputed Crane's evidence and said he's provided witnesses and completed a polygraph in the matter.

"I didn't lie," he said

Board member Lt. Dan Haugen motioned that Boelke did not violate the peace officer code of conduct's subsection related to lying.

"I'm not 100 percent confident in that (GPS) to prove that he lied three times," Haugen said. Board member and Bowman Mayor Lyn James seconded his motion. 

Eddy County Sheriff Paul Lies recused himself from the vote. He is a retired Fargo police detective.

The board's vote found no reason to take any action against Boelke.

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