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Former Gates Police Chief Thomas Roche passes away

Chief Thomas Roche Chief Thomas Roche

October 10, 2017 04:59 PM

The former leader of the Gates Police Department, Thomas Roche, has died.

The department announced Roche passed Tuesday afternoon at the Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center after battle with cancer.

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Roche was the longest serving police chief in Gates history.

In a booklet, police say, "He led the department through an unprecedented period of expansion as the force grew from less than a dozen full-time and a few part-time officers in 1974 to 32 officers by the time of his retirement in 2006."

Funeral arrangements are still being made, the police department says.

Learn more about Roche's career

Booklet courtesy of the Gates Police Department

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