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  • In Honor of Chief Rick Braziel

    by Representative Doris O. Matsui

    Posted on 2013-02-05

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    MATSUI of california in the house of representatives Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Ms. MATSUI. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of Chief Rick Braziel as he retires from the Sacramento Police Department, an organization he served admirably over three decades. As the Chief of Police since 2008 and a member of the department since 1979, Rick has been pivotal in upholding and carrying out the mission of the Sacramento Police Department and his leadership will be missed. I ask all my colleagues to join me in honoring one of Sacramento's finest public servants.



    Prior to serving as Chief of Police, Rick, who is a graduate of California State University-Sacramento and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, was appointed as the Deputy Chief of the Offices of Operations, Investigations, Technical Services, and Homeland Security and Emergency Services. Rick is a co-author of the book titled Cop Talk: Essential Communicating Skills for Community Policing and is nationally recognized for his instruction in communication skills on this topic.

    Over the past three decades with the department, Rick has rose through the ranks, holding a variety of positions including K9 Handler, Patrol Sergeant and Watch Commander, and Captain of Special Units and Narcotics. He has also received several professional commendations including the Silver Medal of Valor, Distinguished Service Award, and a Unit Citation. Rick is often noted by his colleagues for his innovative leadership guiding the police force to more effective ways of addressing and preventing crime.

    Outside of the police department, Rick enjoys competing in marathons and triathlons, and participating in both the Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Hawaii and the three thousand mile, Race Across America, bicycling race in 2012.

    Mr. Speaker, I am honored to recognize the numerous contributions made by Chief Rick Braziel during his service to the people of Sacramento and our nation. As Rick, his wife Karen, their children, his friends, and colleagues celebrate his retirement, I ask my colleagues to join me in thanking and recognizing him for his many years of service.

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