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UB's police chief retiring after 39-year career

University at Buffalo Police Chief Gerald W. Schoenle Jr. retires Thursday from a 39-year career in law enforcement.

He has served as the chief of University Police for the last 12 years. Prior to that, he was a member of the Buffalo Police Department for 20 years, retiring as a captain in 2000, and served for five years as director of public safety training with Erie County Central Police Services. He was also assistant police chief for the Arlington Police Department in Texas for a year.

One of his goals was to seek state accreditation for the UB's police force. He succeeded in accomplishing that in 2007.

“Jerry’s reserved demeanor and sensitivity toward students were just a few of the impressive qualities he portrayed," said Barbara J. Ricotta, associate vice president for student affairs. "He is the kind of person you rely on, never hesitate to call and is wonderful to work with."

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