Investigator Patrick Crough with former Monroe County Sheriff Andrew P. Meloni, whom the author gratefully calls “the man who provided me with the opportunity of a lifetime when he hired me and promoted me to the rank of Criminal Investigator seven years later.
Patrick Crough has been employed with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office since 1983. He served as a deputy sheriff in the Parks and Marine Unit and on the Road Patrol until December 1987. In January 1988 he was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division where he worked as a plainclothes deputy in the Violent Warrant Squad and as an undercover officer in the Vice Squad and Narcotics Unit. In January 1990, he was assigned to the Zone B substation CID evening squad as an acting investigator, where he supported the road patrol by investigating serious felonies. He was later promoted to the rank of Criminal Investigator and transferred to the Major Crimes Unit in January 1991. He currently serves in that unit as the most senior investigator.
Investigator Crough and his colleagues in the Major Crimes Unit investigate murders and other reported homicides, suspicious deaths, physical assaults that result in serious physical injury, sexual assaults, crimes against children, police-involved shootings, and conduct covert, special investigations per the authority of the Monroe County Sheriff.
During the late 1990s Investigator Crough was assigned to a federal violent crime task force and served as an undercover agent in a firearms suppressions unit that proactively targeted convicted felons and violent criminals who trafficked and sold illegal firearms in Western New York.
Investigator Crough has served on the Monroe County Sheriff Hostage Rescue Team since 1989 as a hostage negotiator, and currently serves as the commander of that specialized team.
Investigator Crough resides in the Rochester, New York area with his wife, Suzanne, and two daughters, Jessica Lee and Cassidy Hope. Patrick and Suzanne also enjoy the company of their two grandchildren, Christopher Allen and Caitlin Rose. They are both gifts from God as a result of the union of their son, Jason Allen, and his wife, Sarah.