Sacramento’s Police Chief Retiring

Sacramento’s Police Chief, Rick Braziel, announced his plans for retirement

SACRAMENTO- Sacramento’s Police Chief is retiring.

Chief Rick Braziel announced his plans Wednesday to retire at the end of the year.

He has been the capital city’s police chief since January 2008. Braziel has been with Sacramento Police for 33 years.

Braziel’s father was also an officer in Sacramento, serving for 20 years.

“My job was to run as hard and far as possible, then pass the baton to the next chief who will run faster and farther than me,” said Chief Braziel in a press release.

Braziel was named as one of the top candidates for Seattle’s new police chief in 2010. He later withdrew his name from consideration.

3 comments

  • Earn & burn

    Ok folks we will be hearing about a scandle real soon!!! Something smell fishy? Does he have a city credit card?

  • SW1161

    The media always gets public safety retirement information wrong. The cities do not pay the wages for retirees. While the employee is working they and the city they work for pay into PERS. Once the employee retires, PERS pays the wage according to how much was paid into the fund. This doesn't cost the city anything once the employee separates from service. As for the pensions being generous, police officer have to jump fences, kick door fight people who are sometimes much younger than in order to affect an arrest and so on. Most cops have hearing loss, bad knees and very bad backs by the time they reach 50 years old. The job is harder on the body than most professions. As for the mental aspect. Police officers go to work expecting to be shot at and hoping that they do not have to shoot anyone. A good number of police officers only collect their pensions for a few years before dying due to the hypertension or even cancer caused by the stress of the job. Do I think public safety deserves good retirements? YES I DO!

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