Little information released in BCPD investigation

Battle Creek city and police department leaders held a news conference to discuss the investigation on Friday. (March 7, 2014)

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) – Battle Creek city and police department leaders gave a brief statement to the media Friday about an investigation into the relationship between two police officers. They would not answer any questions.

Interim City Manager Susan Bedsole said that the investigation is an administrative one into the police department’s deputy chief and the police inspector.

24 Hour News 8 reported Thursday that the investigation involves a relationship between Deputy Chief Jim Saylor and Inspector Maria Alonso with BCPD’s Office of Professional Conduct.  A source told 24 Hour News 8 that the two were having an inappropriate relationship and lied about it.

Battle Creek Police Department Deputy Chief Jim Saylor. (Photo courtesy:
(BCPD Deputy Chief Jim Saylor

Bedsole said Friday that two employees were on paid administrative leave.  She stated that the city was looking into “an alleged personal relationship that may have created a hostile work environment, thereby having a negative impact on the department and its personnel.”  She went on to say that “certain job performance issues are also included.”

Interim police chief Jim Blocker said that the investigation “was absolutely necessary to re-establish trust within the organization,” and is not a reflection on the department.

Blocker expressed hope that in the future, the Battle Creek Police Department will not be the subject of news.  He also would not take any questions.

Bedsole stated she believes the investigation will be complete within three to four weeks.

24 Hour News 8 will continue to monitor the investigation.

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