Saturday, April 14, 2012

Chief Todd To The Rescue


From The Greece Post, April, 12, 2012; pg. 5A

4:20 p.m. (on Thurs. April 5th) ~~ Donned my vest, put on a portable radio, called in-service and took calls for the next two hours. Picked up my son, Kevin, and showed him the town of Greece. This is quality time for us. During this time I : 
- Backed up Officer Dave Daurelio on Stone Rd. as he assisted an 80 -year-old male who was lost and wandering with his walker.
- Stopped a car driving recklessly on Stone Rd. at Dewey, crossing over the yellow lines. Driver had no license and was on parole. The driver was detached from the car and the matter was turned over to NYS Parole.
- Took a burglar alarm on Stone Rd. The business had been open minutes earlier, and they apparently left the front door ajar.


SCATS ~~ Seriously!? We're paying Todd about $140,000/year to be "back up" for another officer who helps an old man with his walker! Somewhere in here there's a joke about how many Greece police officers does it take to help an old man with his walker cross the road ... just  two, provided one is the Chief ;)
   

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

If he wants to do work try tailing auberger around and find out where he "naps"

Anonymous said...

Scats, I don't understand your negative attitude toward the Chief of Police or for that matter the entire GPD. Being that I am a retired member of the GPD I must take acception to your attempt to trivialize the actions taken by Chief Baxter in his efforts to serve the people of this community.Sure, he didn't have to do the things described in the article.He's got 85 other cops charged with these duties.

While his job is to administer to the operation of the PD, I see nothing wrong with being publicaly visible and involved with those he is sworn to serve and protect.Besides, it' s great public relations on his part.

In the one instance you describe in which he pulled over an erratic driver I would make this point. Instead of stopping the car himself, he could have simply contacted another marked car to make the actual stop.
To this I would also add that he drives an unmarked car which in itself creates an added hazard that every cop faces when stopping a car.

I would also point out that the number of police officers being killed in the line of duty nationwide is increasing at an alarming rate.Case in point. The recent killing of a small town police chief in New Hampshire in the line of duty just days away from his retirement

In the future, you might consider cutting him a little slack.In my opinion,Todd Baxter is the right guy at the right time given the changing culture of Greece and his experience given the time he spent in the Rochester PD

Joe Moscato said...

Scats The last post belonged to me.I know I signed my name to it but Goggel made me try to publish five times before it was posted. I may have accidently his the wrong button the last time. Please attach my name to the Todd Baxter post. Joe.

SCATS said...

To Joe ~~ I've explained "my attitude" about Baxter and the current GPD many times on here. Feel free to go back and review previous BLOGs.

As far as this "Day in the Life" article goes, are we going to have to stomach this sort of PR drivel EVERY year? His 2 year anniversary was in February. It's now mid-April!

And while we're at it, what if his son got hurt while Chief Todd was playing street cop? Who would be paying for that??

You say I described "one instance" but there were actually three that were shared: "assisting" with the 80 yr. old using the walker, pulling over the erratic driver and responding to an alarm.

You say he's "the right guy at the right time" but failed to provide any examples to back up your contention. I'm not saying he's the wrong guy, but I am saying the PR machine that began with his hiring needs to be put away. This article makes him sound cartoonish at best.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of cartoons, notice how the d and c had a big yearky fluff piece on greece as a tree town but nothing on the Neusatz case. Is this an example of th4 new incisive reproting the D and C is promising

Joe Moscato said...

You are like a brick wall sometimes. First you have no idea of what being cop is especially in this screwed up town. under stand one thing and remember one important thing about what it's like to be a town cop a specially in Greece. Also consider how it's next to impossible to conduct your duties in the right responsible way. It's no diference when of comes to the job of chief of police. I know because back in my era 60's 70's and 80's the same problems of policing Greece existed even although to a somewhat lesser degree. Iam of course referring to political interference conserning how you conducted your duties
I.'ve said this many times before that the biggest benefit to the maintenence of you own PD is outline the. Mission of the PD as well as control the information that flows out to public regarding public safety. The political structure of Greece is the worst example of "Freedom of Information" Only the positive stuff ever see's the light of day. The negatives are swept under the rug unless something like we recently saw in the Joseph incident takes place and even then an attempt was made to cover this up.

Inorder to under stand the handicap that Baxter is faced with you have to have an understanding of the NYS suburban town law governing public safety. It's spells out one important thing that has been a major curse in this town.This not the exact language but it says " in the absents of a Commissioner of Public Safety, the Town Supervisor acts in that capacity That's right.So under the Law, Auberger is in charge of public safety and of course our PD. When have we seen that fact take place in the not to distant past.

In my .23years on the job, I worked for no less than five commissioner designated to that position by the supervisor and the town board. Why.? It's really very simple and quite politically clever. You see, the Chief of. Police is a power figure and very difficult to get rid of. So you nuetralize him by putting the Public Safety Commissioner his boss and in charge of the PD reporting only to the Supervisor.

This is the position Baxter finds himself in right now. Auberger still calls the shots The question upper most in my mind nowing Baxter is a straight forward stand up guy, is how long will he put up with Auberger and retire and we find ourselves with the likes of Steve Chatterton as Chief. Digest that possibility if you can.

Anonymous said...

Joe- What comes to mind is Baxter telling us how we're going to have the most professional, highly trained PD in the entire country then he turns around and tells us that he is needed to provide backup because an officer can't handle an 80 year old man with his walker? I agree with Scats that it sounds very cartoon-ish! After two years on the job, this is how he spends his time wisely? What a joke.

Anonymous said...

Totally disagree with your negative attitude towards Chief Baxter. If he did nothing but go home when nothing was happening, you'd chastise him for that. Instead, he patrols along with his team (something I'd suggest they greatly respect him for) and you have nothing but contempt for the man. If the news media wants to pen stories about the job he's doing, that's their business. You don't have to read it. No one is forcing you.

Baxter is the type of community oriented leader this community has longed for for quite some time. I, and many others, are grateful for him and his service to Greece.

Our government officials made a great choice when they selected him and many in this town are behind him all the way!

Anonymous said...

Joe is right it is difficult, but what we need in Greece is someone who values truth justice and integrity more than his or her job. Someone possibly Baxter should resign in protest if they think the conditions are intolerable. Silence only maintains the corrupt order, going public is the only way to bring misdeeds to the light of day. Often pwople think they can bring about change from within. IN Greece I think this is impossible.

SCATS said...

To Joe ~~ Actually, I AM AWARE that Auberger still runs GPD. I've written about it many times! I'm also aware that many who allowed Rahn & Co. to do as they pleased are now next in line beneath a police chief who promoted them to Captains shortly after taking over. I'm also aware that Nick Joseph is the ONLY REASON Rahn isn't still in power.

As far as the Greece Post piece goes, it's pretty damned hard NOT to notice when it takes up most of the bottom half of the front page. I think 3:03PM's point is well made. Baxter wrote this himself. He demeaned his position by giving us PR fluff after telling us how "professional" GPD would be under his watch.

To 4:37PM ~~ The old saying applies even in Greece ... if you aren't part of the solution ... I don't think Baxter has "solved" anything. That's MY OPINION.

Joe Moscato said...

Scats this will be my last word on the Baxter discussion. In your last post you stated that Baxter has not changed a thing and thatMY OPINION. OK I respect your opinion. However , I think it would be interesting to me and the rest of us as to what leads you to draw that conclusion.I for one would like you to share with me just what conditions within his power he has failed to change. I would also like you to share your own solutions regarding these specific changes. In My opinion to be critical without offering a remedy is simply without merit.

SCATS said...

Joe ~~ For starters, just a couple of months after coming to Greece, he promoted a large number of Greece cops WHO ALL WATCHED AS GPD MELTED DOWN UNDER RAHN! I think they (the thin blue line) refer to it as the code of silence. So now his future successor will likely be someone who SHOULD HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE, SHOULD HAVE DONE THE RIGHT THING ... but didn't. They didn't do what they should have done and TODD BAXTER REWARDED THEM FOR IT.

It happened so quickly, I question whether Baxter even knew the people he promoted. I suspect not.

My criticism started with our highly compensated chief writing his own PR fluff piece to let us know he had to assist by backing up a seasoned cop in aiding an 80 yr. old with a walker. And that's where I'm taking it back to. GIVE ME A BREAK!

Anonymous said...

maybe there is a middle ground in this debate, Let's say for the sake of argument that Baxter has improved things. The question is whether he has or can given the conditions he has to deal with make enough of a difference to effect a long term change in the force. If Auberger is still calling the shots then I wonder how much change Todd can carry out no mattter how good he is,

I can't speak for SCATS but I know people like SCATS are getting frustrated.
From my perspective the only way to make a real change in Greece is to get rid of Auberger, Even then I am dubious about what will follow

SCATS said...

To 10:11PM ~~ Thank you for stating it very well.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone else notice that the cheif's account begins at 4:20 pm? I think we can safely assume that he undertook these activities AFTER his normal work day of supervising the policemen and women he is in charge of.
A leader who takes it upon himself to engage the community and truly do the work alongside his employees is rare and should be appreciated.
Instead, this blog decides it is beneath the chief to assist an elderly citizen, stop an unlicensed parolee driving erratically, and check on a local business.
A very interesting take from someone who claims to be so concerned about our town.
I say Kudos to the chief!!

Anonymous said...

"but I know people like SCATS are getting frustrated."

Like who?

SCATS said...

To 10:15PM ~~ Actually Chief Todd's account began at 5:45AM when he awakened, did his calisthenics, showered ... yada, yada, yada. He spent a lot of his day in meetings, on the phone and responding to 47 email ... which I assume he had to count himself.

Anonymous said...

The chief of police spends his day doing precisely the administrative tasks that one would expect and then decides to use his own time to patrol and interact/assist his officers and the community.
Exactly why is that a problem?
I still can't figure out why you are so worked up?

Joe Moscato said...

Scats. You failed miserably to tell us what changes Baxter has failed to make. In so doing you failed to offer any remedies or solutions.You carefully deflected the subject.

Regarding your continuing referrence to the mass promotions you continue to place the blame where it doesn't belong. In the first place at the time, the department TO or table of organization, contained one position for a Captain. Only the supervisor or the town board are authorized to add additional Captain positions Baxter does not. So in reality, Baxter promoted no one to these additional positions. All he did was to swear them in at a board meeting. Auberger made these promotions as a reward to those who helped cover his ass during the Joseph Pignato scandal . As someone mentioned here earlier, it is next to impossible to effect change from inside a well established system. Only we voters have that power. In .2009 we had that chance and we failed So if your frustrated look no further than you mirror to find someone to blame

SCATS said...

To 6:50AM ~~ What do you mean by "his own time"? In this piece, we are led to believe that "backing up" an officer to help an 80 yr. old with his walker is part of " a typical shift" for Baxter. In fact, it is Baxter who wrote: "6:45PM Called it a work day and headed home" which was AFTER the activities I posted about in the BLOG.

To Joe ~~ Regarding the "mass promotions" as you refer to them: Baxter has ALWAYS taken credit for making them! There was a special ceremony held during the daytime. This was NOT conducted at a Town Board meeting like most are. It was another PR attempt to make us buy into the fairy tale that ALL is well in Greece now that Chief Todd is at the helm. He has never veered from that story.

Regarding his other failings, let's start with the crime rate. In his FIRST YEAR AS CHIEF, robberies, burglaries, etc. skyrocketed. Little was revealed to the public about THAT problem, but he did make lots of chit chat while making his second anniversary rounds about how the crime rate remained flat during his second year ... as if that was some accomplishment! Now we're back to hearing about how it's the goal to get Greece back to a Safest City standing, something we all learned was BS during Rahn's reign. And FYI, it is TODD who is giving this much lipservice, not Auberger.

Anonymous said...

Some of you people make it sound like Baxter walks on water. Scary thought!!!! He can't be that perfect. Now I wonder whats being hidden.

Anonymous said...

Joe: I did citizens police academy last year. My impression is the chief did the promotions and is proud of them. Just sayin..........

Anonymous said...

"robberies, burglaries, etc. skyrocketed. Little was revealed to the public about THAT problem,"

Than how do you know if nothing was said about it?

And exactly what is your data to claim crime "skyrocketed"

You make it too easy to refute your silliness.

SCATS said...

To 2:34PM ~~ My silliness? You can't even quote me accurately lol

I did not say that nothing was said about it. I said little was revealed. See the difference? As to the source of that info, it came from GPD, an officer who shall remain unnamed.

By the way, Baxter himself wanted to reduce part 1 crimes and boost clearance rates. Ask him ;)

Joe Moscato said...

Scats. Steve Chatterton has been designated as the official spokesperson for the department This Cop can't tie his shoes without permission from Auberger. This guy is Jack's boy and mole in the department. So all reports to the public regarding what information is released to the public.

All major crimes require a written report. These are public records available upon request,.The reporter for the D&C is allowed to review these reports every week. So why doesn't she report these increase in crimes including a recent drive by shoot em up on Bonesteel St? The answer. She can't. She has an editor who takes his orders from the VP in charge of news, Karen Magnuson who just happens to be aGreece resident and a prominant member of the Greece Chamber of Commerce.Consequently there is " No Trouble in River City" Something thats important to business members of the C of C.It's news management at it.' very worst.

I think it would be far to tie the crime rate increase to the influx of former city residents to our town. Baxter under stood that and that's way the Fetzner Rd Pct was moved to Maiden Lane so asto be closer to those areas experiencing an increase in felony crimes such as burglaries, robberies etc. Buy the way I call that a positive change and effort to deal with these incidents

If you want to observe the departments efforts to curb crime in these area, I suggest you do as I did. Park at Dewey and Stone for a half hour and count the number police cars you will observe.In that area during that time. We called it saturation patrolling of known high crime areas in attempt to put the bad guys on notice that we got our eyes on them.

There are two main aspects PD's routinely use to deal with crimes. Prevention and Apprehension. Ofcouuse all agencies concentrate on prevention. I think our PD underBaxters direction is effectively attempting to prevent crime.

Anonymous said...

Once again the same ol' "I know a cop who tells me what's really going on but I can't say who it is" bs claim. Whatever. Sounds silly to me.

SCATS said...

To 10:57PM ~~ I searched online for statistics but the 2010 data isn't posted yet. I suggest that you: 1 - Ask Baxter yourself if you believe he is such a stand up guy. Test his ability to share the truth. 2 - Recall that two summers ago there were a number of groups arrested for committing multiple burglaries throughout the county. They contributed significantly to the numbers climbing, not just in Greece. Suddenly, pushing AC units in through windows became an easy way to gain entry to otherwise locked homes.

Joe Moscato said...

I have been a resident of the Town of Greece since 1960. For 23 year during that time I was a proud member of the Greece Police Department as well as theTown and people I served.As you know I also served as a member of the Greece Central Board of Education

However , as I watched my former Pd and this town rippled apart by the numerous scandals that literally drained away some of that pride. Just like some of you have said on this site, I too have become frustrated with the many and in creasing problems that still seem to be overwelming this town and destroying It' s image County wide.

Unfortunately, in my last posting I let those frustration over flow which resulted in some unwarranted comments directed unfairly toward two members of the D&C. Specifly VP Ms Magnuson and Ms McDermott.

It was not my intention that Ms Magnuson was purposely in gaged in with holding information from the public concerning Greece. Given her position as VP in Charge of news she has a responsibility to make decisions about what gets into print that is ultimately in the best interests of our community but all so that of the newspaper she works for. Of course all media outlets have the ability to control items of news It is within their discretion to do so when felt necessary.

I am sure that as an active member of community,Ms Magnuson takes pride in our community and just as unhappy like the rest of us to see the image of our great town dragged through the mud by the shameless acts of a few Individules.

At any rate I offer my sincere appology to both Ms Magnuson and Ms McDermott if my comments in away offended them.

SCATS said...

To Joe ~~ Can we assume you were contacted by someone regarding the D&C folks? In my opinion, your previous comments were right on target. LOTS of "news" in Greece gets suppressed, especially in the online edition of the D&C. I've seen it with my own eyes. Bad PR headlines get pushed down on the list of stories (out of order for the date) or do not get posted under news for the town. Sometimes I end up having to do a search to relocate a story the next day! They aren't the only media outlet that does this, but they are probably the worst, in my opinion.

Joe said...

Scats. I was not contacted by anyone

SCATS said...

To Joe ~~ I don't understand your sudden change of heart. It makes no sense.

Joe said...

There is really one thing and one person that counts regarding my rationale for the post in question. That person is me and it made perfect sense to me.

You see, a basic difference between my thinking and yours is I have the ability to. Recognize the fact that sometimes words spoken in the heat of anger can be hurtfull and call for an apology. Such was what prompted my retraction of comments that I had no direct knowledge of the substance of my comments in the post in question.

As for your comments ASSUMIING why I did as I did where totally baseless. When I was on the"job" you learn quickly To Assume any thing to be fact it is the"Mother" of all screw ups. You would be wise to remember that in the Future.

Anonymous said...

Why, SCATS? Because Joe may have just reflected on publicly skewering some people and thought better of it? Maybe Joe had an attack of conscience and decided that it may be better to treat others the way he, himself, would like to be treated. He apologized if he offended them....he didn't retract his statement. See the difference? (I learned that sarcastic comeback from reading this blog). The sign of strength of character is to be able to state your opinion, recognize that perhaps you may have come off as more edgy than you intended and take steps to make that right without compromising your original thoughts on a topic. Good for Mr. Moscato for showing that strength of character.

SCATS said...

To 9:34AM ~~ You say he didn't retract his comments, but Joe says he has. I guess everyone's having trouble understanding these postings that came after these remarks:
"All major crimes require a written report. These are public records available upon request,.The reporter for the D&C is allowed to review these reports every week. So why doesn't she report these increase in crimes including a recent drive by shoot em up on Bonesteel St? The answer. She can't. She has an editor who takes his orders from the VP in charge of news, Karen Magnuson who just happens to be aGreece resident and a prominant member of the Greece Chamber of Commerce."

As far as I'm concerned, Joe's original comments shown here are FILLED WITH TRUTH. I see nothing aside from THE PLAIN & SIMPLE FACTS. The opinion part ("Consequently there is " No Trouble in River City" Something thats important to business members of the C of C.It's news management at it.' very worst.")is based upon a long history of a pattern of reporting behavior that I'm sure Joe has witnessed over the years. I know I have. I know many others have, as I've had the same conversation with them. I know it's been a topic of discussion on this BLOG many times in the past and will be again in the future. But alas, the D&C's final death throes lie just ahead ... may it Rest In Peace ... along with this thread.