Report: Internal investigation at BCPD

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — The interim chief of the Battle Creek Police Department has opened an investigation into members of his department, the Battle Creek Enquirer reports.

Jim Blocker, a detective who was appointed interim chief last week, described the internal investigation to the Enquirer Wednesday as a “pending personnel matter.” He would not provide the Enquirer with any further information about the focus of the investigation because it is a personnel matter.

Calls for comment from Blocker from 24 Hour News 8 were not returned Wednesday night.

There have been several controversies regarding BCPD recently, including how a drunk driving crash involving off-duty officers was handled and corruption allegations by city commissioners.

Blocker was appointed as interim chief after Chief Jackie Hampton retired at the end of January. Deputy Chief Jim Saylor did not take over the department because he is looking for other employment and could leave before a new chief is hired.

The city is still seeking a new permanent chief and hopes to have the position filled by early summer.

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