2 BCPD leaders on leave amid affair allegations

Battle Creek Police Department Deputy Chief Jim Saylor. (Photo courtesy: battlecreekmi.gov)

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — Two high-ranking officials with the Battle Creek Police Department are on paid administrative leave as the department investigates allegations of an inappropriate relationship, a source has confirmed to 24 Hour New 8.

The investigation involves Deputy Chief Jim Saylor and Inspector Maria Alonso with the department’s Office of Professional Standards and that the pair lied about it, the source said.

Earlier Thursday, Battle Creek city leaders announced that a news conference would be held at 3 p.m. Friday to discuss “police department matters and the city’s continued commitment to its work.”

Battle Creek Interim City Manager Susan Bedsole and Interim Police Chief Jim Blocker are expected to make statements during the news conference, but would not release any additional information in advance.

Blocker and the mayor have instructed officers and city commissioners to not comment on the investigation.

24 Hour News 8’s efforts to contact the deputy chief Thursday were not successful.

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