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November 10, 2012

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Tonawanda News — When Kenmore Police Chief Carl LaCorte started at the Kenmore Police department 44 years ago, his job — and the village — were much different.

“It was a quiet, sleepy little hollow,” LaCorte, of Williamsville, said. “It’s a lot busier now.”

Back then, when residents wanted to call the station, they went to call boxes located on Military and Sheridan.

When officers checked a license plate or an individual’s warrant background, the information was sent via teletype to the Sheriff’s office and the results took three days. 

With officers now being able to check plates from a computer in their vehicle, LaCorte has seen hundreds of improvements from his first day on the job. 

And in less than a week, the experienced veteran will be retiring.

“I am ready to take some time off,” LaCorte said.

After more than four decades of hard work, he deserves it.

LaCorte reminisced back to his first days as on officer in 1968. 

“I didn’t even have a radio then,” he said. 

As a rookie, he operated the switchboard at the station, in addition to spending eight hours per month making the department’s own bullets with the other officers.

Since then, LaCorte has held every rank in the department, including the position of a detective.

“That was my favorite job,” he said. “It was challenging and constantly having to use your brain. It was fun.”

A few of the cases LaCorte dealt with as a detective stand out — namely a homicide that’s been named the “911 Murder” that occurred in 1976.

The murder occurred right when the capability to call 911 began.

“If you had a certain exchange, it would ring in the City of Buffalo,” LaCorte said. “The dispatcher was supposed to ask where you were calling from, but this one made an error.”

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