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Wayne Post
  • Brighton Police Captain plans to retire after 39 years in law enforcement

  • Captain William Principe, a.k.a. 'Bill,' is retiring from the Brighton Police Department after 36.5 years, though his total career in law enforcement spans 39 years.
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      OCCUPATION: Police Captain at the Town of Brighton Police Department
      EDUCATION: Monroe High School graduate, 1972 graduate of Monroe Community College with an associates degree in liberal arts, ...
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      More about Captain Bill Principe
      OCCUPATION: Police Captain at the Town of Brighton Police Department

      EDUCATION: Monroe High School graduate, 1972 graduate of Monroe Community College with an associates degree in liberal arts, 1994 graduate of the FBI National Academy

      RESIDENCE: Wayne County

      FAMILY: Wife, Johanna; two daughters, Jennifer and Carrie; six grandchildren

      AGE: 62
  • Captain William Principe, a.k.a. 'Bill,' is retiring from the Brighton Police Department after 36.5 years, though his total career in law enforcement spans 39 years. When asked if he feels like he is going to regret not reaching a milestone 40 years, Principe replied, “39 is good enough,” with a smile. “I have accomplished the goals and plan that I laid out in my mind,” said Principe, 62 of Wayne County. “I am ready to enjoy life, family and kick back and relax awhile before I pursue other goals.” One of those goals will be continuing his catering business, a joint effort with a 30-year history between Principe and retired Brighton Police Officer Dan Wolfer. “I enjoy the social aspect of cooking,” said Principe, who has catered many town events, including National Night Out. “We only work on word-of-mouth, but we do it for enjoyment.” Principe joined the Brighton Police Department in 1977 as a police officer after serving three years with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. He was promoted to patrol sergeant in 1986, a role he held until his promotion to captain in 1993. “I always wanted to be a police officer,” said Principe, who was first introduced to law enforcement culture in his early teens when the local police officers would stop in the grocery store where he worked after school. “By talking to them and getting to know them, I realized what they do was cool,” said Principe, who was born and raised in Rochester. “I was intrigued by the inner workings of the police department; they do so much that the average citizen might not know.” After earning an associates degree in liberal arts from Monroe Community College in 1972, Principe started on the path to a criminal justice degree at RIT, but left when he was offered a full time position with the RIT campus security office, followed by his first job as a police officer at the Monroe County Sheriff's Office in 1974. “It's been a wonderful career, and the the incidents that I will remember involve interactions with the community. Those are the ones that touched my heart,” said Principe. “I am grateful to the Town and the police department administration, thank you for the opportunity to be of service. I really enjoyed the career, but I am ready to move on and am looking forward to the next step in my life.”

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