University of Arizona Police Chief Anthony Daykin

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University of Arizona Police Chief Anthony Daykin has announced his retirement after 13 years heading the department.

Daykin’s last day as chief will be Jan. 2, but he will stay with the department until June 2014 in an advisory capacity, according to a UA news release.

As head of the department, Daykin is responsible for the safety of 40,000 students and 10,000 faculty and staff workers daily.

During his time with the UA, Daykin served a term as president of the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police, which “helped legitimize campus police departments among the other law enforcement agencies,” the news release stated.

Daykin, who has had a 41-year career in law enforcement, has been a strong advocate of keeping guns off campus.

Kimberly Matas