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Chief Sheppard's last day

by Sean Carroll

Rochester, N.Y.-- Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard said good-bye to RPD Today.

He spent 30 years with the department, the last three as chief.

13WHAMs Sean Carroll sat down with Chief Sheppard, on his final day.

Sheppard on engaging the community:

"In our homicides this year we have a significantly high clearance rate and that's a result of people helping us."

Sheppard on how public arrests led to scrutiny of his department:

"What people are failing to realize is that as policemen sometimes people don't want to go to jail and as part of our role we're going to make them go to jail and we're going to use our training We're going to use the appropriate level of force to make that happen.

Sheppard on his relationship with Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy:

"He helped put confidence in me that I could succeed and excel in this business."

"There isn't a speech he's given that I haven't heard already because we rode around in the same car, 8-hours a night, we were partners. Sergeants in the tactical unit- he would talk and I would sleep.

Sheppard said the community should feel good about acting chief Mike Ciminelli, who takes his place while Mayor-Elect Lovely Warren leads a national search for a full time replacement.

Sheppard plans to travel, visit family, and relax at home for a couple months, before deciding about what he wants to do next. 

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