A captain in charge of the D.C. Police Department’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit was transferred to an outpost on the campus of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital last Friday, raising speculation that the personnel action was linked to an allegation that he harassed a gay officer.
Captain Edward Delgado’s new assignment is with the Metropolitan Police Department’s Office of Unified Communications Liaison, according to police spokesperson Gwendolyn Crump.
Crump said she could not comment on the reason for the transfer or whether it was related to an investigation into a complaint filed against Delgado in August by GLLU supervisor Sgt. Matthew Mahl.
Sources familiar with the GLLU said Mahl filed the complaint on behalf of GLLU Officer Justin Markiewicz, who reportedly told Mahl that Delgado repeatedly addressed him in person and by email as “Justine.”
The sources said Markiewicz considered Delgado’s action derogatory, demeaning and a form of harassment based on his sexual orientation. He reportedly said Delgado continued to address him as “Justine” since at least January 2012.
“This is a personnel matter that is being investigated by the MPD’s Internal Affairs Division,” Crump told the Blade in August. “I cannot comment further at this time.”
In an Oct. 7 email, Crump said she could not comment on whether the Internal Affairs investigation had been completed or what the findings of the investigation were.
Prior to being transferred, Delgado headed the police Special Liaison Division, which oversees the GLLU and three other liaison units – the Latino Liaison Unit, the Asian and Pacific Islander Liaison Unit and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Liaison Unit.
The D.C. government’s website says the Office of Unified Communications was created in 2006 as an entity separate from the police department in an effort to merge the operations processing 911 emergency calls to the police, the Fire Department, and Emergency Medical Services.
The office is on the East Campus of the St. Elizabeth’s Hospital site, a write-up on the D.C. government website says. It could not immediately be determined what Delgado’s duties are as the police liaison to the office.