Schoenle Brings 39-year Law Enforcement Career to a Close

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Published January 24, 2018

As a new Patrol Division officer with the Buffalo Police Department, Gerald W. Schoenle Jr. began applying what he had learned inside Erie Community College classrooms outside, on city streets.

It was 1980. Three years earlier, Schoenle had earned an associate’s degree in applied science from ECC with an eye toward a career in law enforcement.

“I pursued the degree with an option in police science,” says Schoenle, who has served as chief of University Police for the past 12 years and is wrapping up a nearly four-decade career in law enforcement on Jan. 25.