SACRAMENTO -- Sacramento has a new Police Chief. Brian Louie was sworn into his new position at Sacramento Police headquarters Monday morning.
Louie has been with the Sacramento Police department for 36 years. The last nine years, he has served as deputy chief. The appointment makes Louie the first Asian American acting police chief in the department's history.
"The (Asian-Pacific Islander) community, we have been such an integral part of the city for such a long time, but it's taken us a long time to come into our own and see some of our own community people in positions of leadership, so seeing Brian in this position, it's just so incredible, and makes us so proud," Georgette Imura said. She and Louie have both served on the C.A.P.I.T.A.L (Council of Asian Pacific Islanders Together for Advocacy and Leadership) Board.
When the number of burglaries targeting Asian American business owners spiked in South Sacramento earlier this year, Chief Louie immediately called for a community meeting.
"Brian was instrumental in bringing not only Chief Somers, but also the Sacramento Sheriffs department in bring them to that meeting to address those issues," Imura said.
Those that know Chief Louie said he is not just committed to his neighborhood, his family, or the API community, but to all other communities in Sacramento.
Just last week, he volunteered with the department to assemble bikes for children in need. Louie also helped create Links to Law, a mentorship program for minorities seeking employment in law enforcement.
"It makes me extremely proud of myself, for minorities, and for the community. He cares a lot for the community. We're really excited for somebody in the position to move up," Links to Law Program Director, Giezi Bermudez said.
After a few speakers shared personal stories of Chief Louie, Sacramento County Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye swore him in.
"It is truly my pleasure and honor to administer the oath of office to you," Honorable Cantil-Sakauye said.
City staff agreed Louie would be a good fit as interim chief, until they make a permanent selection. He will be considered along with candidates from a national search that may take up to 6 months.
"I look forward to the challenges that face our city, the organization. But I will tell you right now, I am up for that challenge," Chief Brian Louie said.
The last three Sacramento Police Chiefs have been internally promoted.