Sources: Gates Police Chief James VanBrederode exploring State Senate run after retiring

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Gates Police Chief James VanBrederode is retiring after a 37-year-long career in law enforcement and sources tell News10NBC he is exploring a run for state Senate against Senator Jeremy Cooney, who represents the 56th District.

VanBrederode spent 34 years with Gates Police and three years with RPD. He will retire by the end of the week.

VanBrederode has also held the role of President of the Monroe County Chief’s Association since 2017. He was appointed Chief in June of 2013.

He’s been a major advocate for victims of crime and domestic violence and spoke up about issues with the New York Criminal Justice System.

VanBrederode has also been an advocate for people with Autism, making Gates the first Autism Friendly Community and helping restyle the Gates police car graphics to bring awareness to autism.

"I look forward to exploring my options in continuing to be an active voice and advocate for the victims of violent crimes, domestic violence, the opioid crisis – your loved ones will not be forgotten," VanBrederode said.

The Acting Chief, Lt. Robert Long, is a 17-year veteran and lifelong resident of Gates-Chili. He will serve in that role until Feb. 7, when he will be appointed as the next Gates Police Chief officially.