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Eden Police Department
2795 East Church Street
Eden, New York 14057
(716) 992-9211
Chief Patrick M. Howard

Former Chief John N. Cardarelli

Former Chief John N. Cardarelli

Born and raised in Cheektowaga, John Cardarelli's first police work was with the Cheektowaga Police Department in 1967. At the time he left, he was a detective. As a matter of fact, when he was interviewed by then Supervisor William Feasley for the Eden Police Chiefs job he explained his unconventional appearance (long hair and beard) by stating that he was working undercover in his specialty - narcotics. The Town Board quickly approved his application, impressed with his Criminal Justice degree, his in-depth study of the drug problem and his possible solutions of it. His youthful zest and charisma, plus his no-nonsense approach to law and order, led to his being the youngest police chief hired in Erie County.

Immediately after starting his duties in Eden, he began to build his department into a full-time force. The only help or assistant he brought with him was his bloodhound, "Apples".

BloodHound Useful - Chief Cardarelli is getting ready to take "Apples", his pet bloodhound, on a "tracking assignment". Apples is used frequently in Eden police work.

(Picture taken from Photo News...Wed., October 23, 1974

Prior to his arrival, police officers were only part-time. Under the helm of Chief Cardarelli, personnel increased and special new projects took form. He requested and got the help of William Robison, Civil Defense Director since 1969, and formulated the new Auxiliary Police Unit. Each officer of that unit was given a uniform, after completing eight week schooling at the Police Academy.

Once the basics were completed, he oversaw the computerization of the Eden Police Department. Eden was the first department in Erie County to install video cameras in police cars. Cardarelli also caused new radio equipment to be installed, linking Eden to every other department in Erie County, and the department became a primary answering point when the Enhanced 911 was installed.

Chief John N. Cardarelli, Eden's "main man", in blue, following a real-life chase scene,
took time out of a full schedule to pose for Photo News...Wed., October 23, 1974

Although Cardarelli left Eden in 1988, he continued to support the department from his new position as Commissioner of Central Police Services, a position he held until 1998. Some major accomplishments of his tenure with Erie County CPS was the moving of the training academy to a central location which improved the quality of education for Police Officers, the expansion of the CPS Lab, which earned worldwide accreditation status with the DNA section, and the implementation of a Statewide Fingerprint identification system to identify criminals. Both those systems have solved crimes that had been stagnant for years throughout Erie County. His last project with the county was the installation of car computers in police cars. The resultant MDT (Mobile Data Terminal) project with AVL (Automatic Vehicle Locator) is the most innovative one anywhere in the country.

Other notable accomplishments and service which he offered to the community consist of the following:

  • Life member of International Assoc. of Chiefs of Police
  • Life member and Past President of Erie County Assoc. of Chiefs of Police Life member of
        N.Y.S. Assoc. Of Chiefs of Police
  • Board of Cooperative Education Member 1980 - 1988
  • Erie County Youth Board (past member)
  • New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Assessor
  • Erie County Community College Advisory Board (Advisory Board for Community Services, Business and Industry)
  • Erie County Commission on Early Release
  • NYSPIN Advisory Committee
  • Lake Shore Hospital Board of Directors (past member)
  • Erie County/Buffalo Task Force on Crime
  • Eden Chamber of Commerce (past president)
  • Parish Council
  • Eight years on Erie/Cattaraugus/Chautauqua BOCES
  • Teacher of Criminal Justice at D'Youville College, Buffalo

    Cardarelli, now retired, still resides in Eden with his wife Allison. John has two children: Jennifer Sava, who is an Assistant Chief of Inspections with the U.S. Department of Immigration in Washington, D.C. and John Cardarelli, who is a Team Leader with Microsoft in Redmonds, Washington. Though busy with his family, Cardarelli continues his association with the Eden Police Department as an interested friend and advisor.

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