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Fort Wayne Police Department says goodbye to retiring former chief

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — The Fort Wayne Police Department hosted a retirement party for Fort Wayne’s first African-American police chief Thursday.

Garry Hamilton rose through the ranks of the Fort Wayne Police Department to become chief from 2014 to 2016. During his tenure, Hamilton started programs like the gang and violent crimes unit and beefed up the community relations division to improve contact with the public.

When he resigned as chief, he became deputy chief in charge of the investigative division. He and his colleagues say that’s where his strengths shine the brightest in connecting with people to help solve crimes.

Hamilton says every homicide case sticks in his mind because of the destroyed people left behind.

“To see the hurt and pain, no matter who the victim is. If they had a rough life, it could be a criminal, but that destroys that family. And I always tried to give them,m no matter who they were, to give them respect. So it did make a difference. Every case was important,” Former Chief Garry Hamilton said

Hamilton says he remembers every homicide case he worked, and plans to take some time to catch up on some books.

Corinne Rose reported this story.

Jacob Burbrink

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