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Beloit, WI Wants To Avoid Becoming A Ferguson. Chief of Police Placed on Leave

Beloit Police Chief Norm Jacobs and Deputy Chief  Tom Dunkin

Beloit Police Chief Norm Jacobs and Deputy Chief Tom Dunkin

Due to preliminary findings of a report, the City of Beloit has placed its police chief and deputy chief on administrative leave.  Beloit, Wisconsin is a small city on the border of Wisconsin and Illinois, with a population of approximately 40,000. The city has a Manager, Lori Luther, and a city council.

Concerns regarding the leadership of the police department were expressed by its staff and the community.  In February of this year, employees of the Beloit Police Department told the city council that leadership was damaging employee morale and could be affecting operations.

The city held two listening sessions for residents to voice concerns about the Beloit Police Department. The sessions were held at the Beloit Public Library, and although those in attendance might sound small with the number being around 12, the room was filled. Many attending did not want to be named, but they discussed the issues of communication between the police department and residents. Read the rest of this entry

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