The Hammond Police Department has announced the retirements of Assistant Chief Tommy Corkern and Communications Officer Leslie Gardner.

Corkern is retiring from the force after more than 36 years of service. He served his final shift on Dec. 31.

Chief Edwin Bergeron thanked him for his years of dedicated service.

Officer Gardner has been an employee of the Hammond Police Department for 20 years. She began her career at the Hammond Police Department as a reserve officer and was previously been employed by Louisiana Probation and Parole.

Her official date of retirement was Dec. 21.

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