Interim Police Superintendent Discusses Rules For Romantic Relationships In CPD

Craig Dellimore
January 14, 2020 - 8:56 am
Interim Police Superintendent Charlie Beck

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The temporary head of the Chicago Police Department said he believes the rules are pretty clear about romantic relationships among police personnel, and he stresses that is not a comment on the ongoing investigation of former Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

Interim Police Superintendent Charlie Beck took pains to stress that he will not comment on the investigation of former Superintendent Eddie Johnson’s relationship with a member of his security detail - a relationship that played a role in his firing.

But he did comment, generally, on relationships on the force.

"Social contact between employees is not only going to happen, but is not in and of itself a bad thing," Beck said.

Beck said not all relationships are bad. He himself married a law enforcement officer.

"When you have a big organization, people become romantically involved," he said. "If I were to prohibit that across the board, I would be dissolving many, many very successful marriages, probably including my own."

Where they cross the line, he said, is when one person supervises the other.

"What I will tell you is that the CPD, in my understanding, already has rules for that; however, if they are not specific enough, then I will make them specific," Beck said.

He spoke after a City Club of Chicago luncheon.