City releases independent report on Beloit Police Department

City releases independent report on Beloit Police Department

The Beloit City Council released the results of an independent assessment of the Beloit Police Department on Tuesday.

When Hillard Heintze started the assessment last year, they found safety and liability issues within the department, officials said.

Before the report was finished, Interim Police Chief David Zibolski was sworn in on June 16, and started addressing those concerns, according to a release.

“I am pleased to report the department has made great strides in implementing the recommendations to date, but must stress there is much more work to be done,” Beloit City Manager Lori Curtis Luther said in the release. “Additional issues that need to be addressed are also still being identified.”

Curtis Luther said the suggested improvements in the report will continue when a permanent police chief is appointed.

“Today, we are continuing to work together, taking the Beloit Police Department in a new direction to enhance leadership, strengthen community relations and transition into a new era of modern-day policing,” Curtis Luther said.

Former Police Chief Norm Jacobs and Deputy Chief Tom Dunkin agreed to retire from their positions after being placed on administrative leave in June and facing disciplinary charges brought by the city manager in October.

The Beloit City Council approved a settlement between the two men, after they announced their retirement.

The full Hillard Heintze report can be found online.