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Small Town Ohio Police Chief Becomes Facebook Star

| by Jonathan Wolfe
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We all have those friends who love nothing more than hopping on Facebook and posting long-winded messages about their latest political and social inclinations.

For residents of Brimfield, Ohio, this friend might not just be any ordinary Facebook acquaintance. It could be the police chief.

According to the Associated Press, Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver has accumulated over 50,000 followers, which is five times more than the population of his district, on the department’s Facebook page. Followers get to hear all of Oliver’s latest thoughts on the areas criminals, or Mopes, as Oliver calls them.

Check out a few posts from the page:

“If you use a handicapped space and you jump out of the vehicle, all healthy-like, as if someone is dangling free cheeseburgers on a stick, expect people to stare at you and get angry. You are milking the system and it aggravates those of us who play by the rules. Ignoring us does not make you invisible. We see you, loser."

"I call criminals mopes. I do not comment on them being ugly, smelly or otherwise beauty impaired ... even though some are. I do not comment on their education, social status, color, sex, origin or who they marry. I care about crime and character. If you come to Brimfield and commit a crime we are all going to talk about it. The easiest way to not be called a criminal is to not be one. It is not calculus."

"Dear Father or Mother Meth Cooks,

"You have lost your mind. What in hell are you thinking when you make the decision to cook meth with your child in the house? You have violated the very basic principle of being a parent, which is the safety of your child. I am fed up with watching it and also with being concerned with the long-term effects of what you have exposed YOUR child to."

Apparently, people cannot get enough of Oliver’s posts. His site is the fourth most popular law enforcement page in the country — trailing only the New York, Boston, and Philadelphia police departments.

"He totally connects with our community, except the people that he arrests," said Mike Kostensky, a local Ohio politician.  

"How could you not love that guy?" another resident said.

Oliver said his inspiration for a career in law enforcement came from a familiar source for many of his generation: The Andy Griffith show.

“I just always thought, you know, that’s a good way to handle things,” Oliver said of the sheriff played by Griffith in the show.

Who knows, maybe one day an outspoken sheriff will talk about Oliver in the same way he now talks about Griffith. 

Source: AP