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A Tale of Two Chiefs

The towns of Greece and Gates are next door neighbors in Monroe County New York and homes of the blog’s founding blogger and yours truly, respectively. So take this as what it is, a cheap shot.

In Gates, our Chief of Police makes arrests from Rebecca Fath, WHEC [1]:

The men and women of the Gates Police Department have been very busy this week. Around New Year’s Eve especially, they dealt with a large fight, a police vehicle being damaged and a stabbing. But story behind another crime that night led to the chief himself getting out his handcuffs.

Chief James Van Brederode says, “When you give them that calming effect, that things will go smooth if you just cooperate, that I think has a lot to do with how people react to you.”

That’s how Chief Van Brederode arrested convicted felon Rufino Lopez at the scene of a crime police say he committed two hours earlier. Police say Lopez met a woman at a bar on New Year’s Eve. The two went back to an apartment where he’s accused of assaulting and raping her.

Whereas in Greece, Eric’s Chief of Police got arrested, convicted and served time, from Cop Blog [2]:

For years he ran the Greece, NY Police department the “Good ol’ boys club” way.

Former Greece, NY Police Chief Merritt Rahn, now a convicted criminal who has served about 2 1/2 years in State prison for four felonies and three misdemeanors related to his cover-up of serious crimes committed by two of his former officers, has been granted parole.

Greece is a nice place to live, but they sure did hire one stupid chief of police.