Inquiry into leak of test answers leads to transfer of major Police commander moved to property unit

February 07, 1997|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

The Baltimore police commander who heads the Crimes Against Persons section, which includes the homicide squad, was ordered moved to the property division yesterday in the middle of an internal investigation of leaked promotion test answers.

Goldie S. Phillips Jr., who was promoted to major and head of the Crimes Against Persons unit in September, will remain at his new post indefinitely. He could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Homicide Lt. Timothy G. Keel will take over as acting commander of the Crimes Against Persons unit, which also includes robbery, sexual assault and child abuse divisions. Col. Steven Crumrine, chief of the Criminal Investigation Bureau, yesterday confirmed the transfers, which take effect Monday.

"There were allegations of improprieties in the testing processes," Crumrine said, declining further comment because the case is under internal investigation. Sources said the probe could last another two weeks.

Officials would not say why Phillips was allowed to remain in the sensitive job for weeks as investigators interviewed other officers. In December, Maj. Frank Melcavage was removed as head of the Police Athletic League program after an investigation was begun into his conduct. He retired from the force.

Sources close to the investigation said keeping Phillips in his job was critical to the investigation, but would not say why.

The allegations, sources say, are that the major leaked test answers to at least one officer from the Southern District, where he had worked before being promoted. The test was taken by officers who wanted to transfer to the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

Sources have said the internal investigation has sparked other inquiries into possible problems with the lieutenants' and sergeants' exams.

Promotions have been put on hold until the investigations are completed.

Pub Date: 2/07/97

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