Baltimore Police Maj. Nathan Warfield, the former commander of the internal affairs section who was reassigned last year after pictures surfaced of him socializing with two men accused of drug dealing, is retiring, officials confirmed.
Warfield joined the department in 1990, and was the commander of the Northwest District until 2009, when Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III appointed him him to lead internal affairs.
Last year, federal authorities through separate cases indicted Officer Daniel G. Redd and a man named Sam Brown, both on heroin conspiracy charges. The Sun asked the Police Department to comment on Facebook photos showing Warfield in social situations with both men, and Warfield was reassigned to the patrol division.
Redd had long been under suspicion, according to sources, and Warfield was his supervisor in the Northwest District before being appointed to investigate corruption and wrongdoing witin the department's ranks.
Warfield was well-regarded within the agency and was never accused of wrongdoing despite the reassignment. "Just being associated with Redd in any way shape or form - there's questions that need to be answered there," a police source who was not authorized to talk about the case said at the time. "In that position [with internal affairs], there's no room for errors."
Warfield could not be reached for comment about his retirement.
Bealefeld went outside the agency to fill the internal affairs post, hiring former DEA agent and Homeland Security official Grayling Williams. Bealefeld said the move was designed to put a public face on integrity in the department.
"I want the communities to see Chief Williams as an icon of integrity," the commissioner said. "He's going to hear their concerns, and he's going to work his tail off to resolve them in a very just fashion. … I thought it was important that we find someone that would have the credibility in the community to stand alone, to go into neighborhoods and immediately win trust "