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Wednesday, 18 December 2013 09:58

Officer accused of failing to provide gun training

(PORT HURON) -- A St. Clair County police officer will stand trial on charges he granted concealed pistol licenses to a class but failed to provide all required training. Clay Township officer Ralph Cierpial was bound over to circuit court Tuesday during a hearing. He faces 27 felony counts of unlawfully granting pistol safety certificates. Cierpial declined comment and defense lawyer Daniel Garon waived the right to a preliminary examination on all but one count. Garon argued one count satisfied the training requirements but a judge overruled. The charges stem from the training held in March at a Port Huron church. Authorities say Cierpial provided classroom training but not required firing range instruction. The 36-year-old officer remains on leave and surrendered his gun and badge.