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SACRAMENTO, CA - Sacramento Chief of Police Rick Braziel announced he was retiring from the Sacramento Police Department effective Dec. 29.

Braziel took over the helm of the department in January, 2008.

In announcing his resignation, Braziel said one of his primary priorities was to develop a leadership team to take over the reins and he said he believed he had done that.

In interviews with Braziel when he became the police chief, he said he would strive for better customer service and basic community policing. He also had to deal with budget cuts resulting in the loss of fewer patrol officers and other police staff.

In his 33 years with the department, Braziel worked as a K-9 handler, patrol sergeant, patrol watch commander, captain of Metro (SWAT, K-9, bomb squad, air operations and marine), and captain of narcotics and vice divisions, according to the city manager's office.

Braziel joined the department in 1979. His father was also a Sacramento police officer.

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