Tucson ex-police chief dies

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Former Tucson Police Chief Bernard Garmire died last week in Phoenix.  He was 96.

Chief from 1957 to 1969, Garmire launched a public battle to keep east coast mobsters from establishing a significant presence in the Old Pueblo.

He also earned a reputation as an innovator in community relations and police training, helping establish a program to help TPD officers earn degrees at the University of Arizona.

He left Tucson to become chief of police in Miami, Florida.