Chief Braziel to Retire: What’s Next for the Sacramento Police Department

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Wednesday, Sacramento Police Department Chief Rick Braziel announced his plans to retire Dec. 29, saying it’s the right time.

Until his last day on the force, Chief Braziel hopes to be involved in the search for his replacement. He has four deputy chiefs that he feels are solid candidates.

“We don’t need to spend money to go do a nationwide recruitment when we’ve got the talent here,” Braziel said. “Save the money, save the time and pick someone.”

For the past five years, Braziel has been tasked with maintaining law enforcement services in Sacramento while cutting officers at the same time. The Police Department, along with other public safety agencies, will soon be seeing increased funds, paid for by a half-cent sales tax increase as a part of the city’s Measure U.

Braziel says he wants to see someone new come up with a plan to use those extra funds to grow the department.

“It wouldn’t be right for him to set the tone or set the plan and then leave and somebody else to take over,” said Deputy Chief Brian Louie, one of Braziel’s possible replacement picks. “So, this allows an incoming chief to design their plan for the organization.”

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