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Talking Tough: Brimfield police chief becomes Internet sensation

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BRIMFIELD, Ohio - Forty miles outside of Youngstown, a small town police chief is making national headlines for his witty comments and unique way of chewing-out criminals online.

Here, the biggest fear among criminals isn't spending a night in the slammer; in the town of about 10,000 people, the fear of some is being talked about on Police Chief David Oliver's Facebook page.

"If you come to Brimfield and commit a crime we're going to discuss it," Oliver says. "If you don't want to be discussed, don't commit a crime here."

Oliver's frank way of chewing out and mocking suspected criminals, who he calls "mopes," has attracted more than 75,000 likes to the police department's Facebook page.

That's more than seven times the township's population.

An Internet success that has spilled over to appearances on national news.

"I think it's goofy and I say that with a lot of love," Oliver says. "I do ... I love the interaction I have on Facebook. If you had told me ten years ago that I'd be 'tweeting,' I would ask you 'is there a cure for it."

The chief's witty one-liners have even made their way onto merchandise, generating $30,000 in sales. The money is donated back into the community, specifically to the local school district.

Oliver says he has been approached with the idea of writing a book. He is considering the idea, and said if he does, any proceeds would go to a non-profit to help buy school clothes for children, as well as help juvenile rape victims.

The chief's online success has also made the Brimfield police station a must-see for some followers.

"I always tell people, if you're in the neighborhood stop by, well they're stopping by," Oliver says. "This week we've given probably 50 tours of the police department."

Followers visiting the police department have come from Pennsylvania, West Virginia and even as far as Texas.

While 21 News was in Brimfield, followers from Rootstown and Canton stopped in to meet the chief.

"I love the Facebook page and it has 70,000 likes," says follower Becky Thompson from Canton, Ohio. "So we figured, we wanted to come see Chief Oliver and see what he had to do."

With all the positive attention, there are bound to be some nay-sayers. But for the chief, those comments don't get to him. He is a firm believer that his straight-talk sends a message on crime.

"We need to make sure everybody is understanding where it's happening, why it's happening, whose responsible for it and then we need to discuss it and we need to get offended by it," Oliver says. "I think when you're given a platform to do good, you ought to do good and that's what we're trying to do."

Words from a small town police chief, hoping to reach "mopes" everywhere.

 

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