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Beloit puts police chief, deputy on leave

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BELOIT, Wis. (AP) -- The police chief and deputy chief in Beloit have been put on administrative leave.

The reason for the action hasn't been given. City Manager Lori Curtis Luther announced the move in a news release Tuesday that said a consultant's review this spring raised questions about leadership and management by Chief Norm Jacobs and Deputy Chief Tom Dunkin.

The Janesville Gazette and Beloit Daily News reported that the department has been under pressure over an increase in homicides and violent crime last year, as well as morale issues.

Luther's release said the city was launching an internal investigation.

Robert Mihelich, an attorney for Jacobs, says the management of the department didn't cause homicides to increase. He says Jacobs and his staff put a plan in place to attack the problem.

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