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EXCLUSIVE: Police union president explains no confidence vote for BU police chief

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The vote of no confidence against Bradley University Police Chief Brian Joschko continued Thursday, as WEEK exclusively interviewed the president of the police union making the vote.

Officer Theresa McConnell-Hill and the Bradley University Police Benevolent Association released a statement Wednesday, saying in part that it was their belief Chief Joschko fostered an atmosphere of hostility and retaliation.

During the interview, Officer McConnell-Hill explained the union's position, saying Chief Joschko's behavior put officers in potential danger as well as playing favorites with department members.

She also wanted to emphasize that this was not the first time these concerns have been voiced.

"This isn't new," she said. "It's just new to the public. We finally wanted to release what we've been feeling.The main concern is officer safety, being on the radio when he shouldn't be when we have trouble calls."

When asked for comment, Chief Joschko directed all questions to Bradley University. They released a brief statement:

"We do not comment on personnel issues," said Spokesperson Renee Charles. "Be assured that BUPD continues to operate and is keeping the campus safe and secure."

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