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Police Chief Richard Monroe,[1][2] otherwise known as Chief Monroe, is a character in Saints Row.

Now, I may not be an honest man, but I'm a fair one.
— Chief Monroe[3]

Overview[]

Chief Monroe is the corrupt Chief of Police, and the second-to-last antagonist of Saints Row. Despite never physically appearing in the game, Monroe plays an integral part of the epilogue in Saints Row, until his demise at the hands of the 3rd Street Saints.

Biography[]

Monroe joined the Stilwater Police Department in 1985 and spent over 25 years on the force.[4]

Saints Row[]

Monroe is known to be actively working against gang activity in Stilwater: two police officers note that he would probably send a fruit basket to whoever killed Hector Lopez[5], and the Saints Row manual confirms Monroe placing an undercover cop in the 3rd Street Saints and having them keep tabs over the other gangs[6], which is later revealed to be Troy.[7]

Despite this, Monroe's corruption is first highlighted during the Vice Kings story arc, when it is revealed that Monroe is on the Vice Kings' payroll.[8] Monroe and certain police officers have been getting in on Benjamin King's protection rackets, which is why Monroe and the police have been "[going] so easy on the VKs".[8] The Saints Row manual further confirms this with a note scribbled down by Troy on page 11, saying "I would say I'd investigate the VK's more, but you and I both know you don't want me to do that...".[6]

Once the 3rd Street Saints have wiped out all other gang activity in Stilwater, Monroe makes his move. Most likely on Alderman Richard Hughes' payroll as well, he incarcerates Julius Little[9] and phones up Playa, threatening to kill Julius if the 3rd Street Saints do not publicly assassinate Mayor Marshall Winslow.[3] The 3rd Street Saints reluctantly carry out this task, but Monroe reneges on his promise to release Julius upon completion of the job. This proves to be Monroe's downfall as Dex, Johnny Gat, and Playa take advantage of Monroe's guaranteed attendance at the late mayor's funeral to assassinate Monroe as well. Dex's plan to kill Monroe with a surgical sniper strike goes awry when more police vehicles appear in the funeral procession than Dex counted on, and the three are forced to destroy all of the police vehicles to make sure that Monroe is killed. After destroying all the police vehicles and escaping to a Forgive and Forget, the group are successful in assassinating Monroe.[10]

Saints Row 2[]

After his death, Monroe is succeeded by new Chief of Police Troy Bradshaw.

Trivia[]

Chief Monroe commemorative plaque.

  • A commemorative plaque of Chief Monroe is located inside the Police Headquarters in the Saint's Row District in Saints Row 2; he is noted to have died in 2008, although the manual indicates that Saints Row takes place in 2006.[6]
    • The commemorative plaque is the first time Chief Monroe's face is revealed, as he did not physically appear in Saints Row.
    • The commemorative plaque indicates that he was planning to retire before he was killed.
  • The game data files indicate that Monroe was intended to have a greater role in the game, as he has a persona file entry, a name definition entry in the strings file, and full subtitles for his press conferences. These press conferences are instead used as part of Newscasts, which do not have subtitles.


References[]

  1. Newscast:
    Jack Armstrong: "I'm Jack Armstrong. If you've been wondering what those new colors are that you've been seeing on the streets lately, Stilwater Police Chief Richard Monroe addressed the media on that very subject today, and our own Jane Valderamma was there. Jane?"
    Jane Valderamma: "Jack. As if this city didn't have enough to worry about, Chief Monroe revealed today that a fourth gang has thrown its colors into the ring, doing battle on the streets of Stilwater. Chief Monroe said that the name of the new gang is... the 3rd Street Saints."
    Chief Monroe: "We've identified a new cell of urban terrorists today. While they like to call themselves the 3rd Street Saints, we are calling them nothing more than common criminals. At this time we know very little about them, other than that they exist, and they are the driving force behind the recent ramp up of gang violence that has plagued this city."
    Jane Valderamma: "I asked Chief Monroe how his force will handle this new threat."
    Chief Monroe: "We've budgeted more money this year for training, surveillance, undercover officers and for more sophisticated body armor and weaponry. We plan to take the fight to them, rather than wait for them to attack the citizens of this great city. If we act quickly and with steely determination, these 3rd Street Saints simply can't survive."
    Jane Valderamma: "It sounds as if Chief Monroe has lined up the resources he needs to stop this new gang from becoming another major danger in a town already on the ropes. From the newsroom, I'm Jane Valderamma. Jack."
    Jack Armstrong: "Thank you, Jane. More from the newsroom in less than 30 minutes. I'm Jack Armstrong."
  2. Newscast:
    Jack Armstrong: "I'm Jack Armstrong. At a news conference today, Stilwater Police Chief Richard Monroe decried the recent gang violence at the waterfront and commented on the assassination of local Hispanic businessman and reputed gang leader, Hector Lopez."
    Chief Monroe: "This is yet another example of the type of criminal behavior that we are working hard to eliminate. We have seized the ill gotten goods that these thugs were trying to slip into our city, and that's 2 or 3 million dollars worth of poison that won't be going into the arms and lungs of the youth of Stillwater.[sic] Now, while death is always tragic, Hector Lopez chose to live a life of crime, and he paid for that choice dearly."
    Jack Armstrong: "Chief Armstrong [sic] noted that the case against the Los Carnales crime gang will proceed based on the evidence now securely stowed in the evidence lockers at police headquarters. We will bring you gavel-to-gavel coverage of the ensuing trial and will follow this story closely as it develops. In the newsroom, I'm Jack Armstrong."
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mission: "Stuffing the Ballot"
  4. Image: Chief Monroe commemorative plaque
  5. Mission: "McManus Says Hello"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 PDF: Saints Row manual (File Page)
  7. Mission: "Saints and Martyrs"
  8. 8.0 8.1 Mission: "Round Peg, Square Hole"
  9. Cutscene: "Battlefield Promotion"
  10. Mission: "Hail to the Chief"


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Richard Monroe is Chief of Stilwater Police Department in Saints Row.
The Saints Row manual says he has an undercover cop in the Saints.
He is on the Vice Kings' payroll, and forces Playa to kill the Mayor.
He is assassinated in 2008, shortly before his retirement, and is later featured in a commemorative plaque at the Police Headquarters in Saints Row 2.

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