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March 13, 2018 > Police chief announces retirement

Police chief announces retirement

Submitted By Cheryl Golden

After serving more than 30 years with the Fremont Police Department, Police Chief Richard Lucero recently announced he plans to retire in July.

Lucero began his career with the city as a police officer in 1987 and rose through the ranks to become chief in 2013. Over the course of three decades, LuceroÕs entire law enforcement career has been with Fremont. As he rose through the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant and captain, Lucero served in several specialized assignments including SWAT, Street Crimes, Narcotics, and Internal Affairs.

ÒPolice Chief Rich Lucero has been the bedrock of the Fremont Police Department, driving innovation and inspiring excellence among those he worked with,Ó said Fremont City Manager Fred Diaz. ÒHis leadership guided the department through the most difficult of circumstances, and they truly rose to every challenge. IÕm grateful to have had the opportunity to serve with Rich and IÕm going to miss his thoughtful and responsive approach that helped the department, and community, to flourish.Ó

Over the years, Lucero has worked closely with department members to implement initiatives that decrease local crime, improve officer safety, reduce traffic injury accidents, provide education and awareness, and emphasize candid and trusted communication with the people the department serves. These efforts have been the core strength and foundation in the relationship the department has with the community.

A major focus in recent years has been the adoption of intelligence-based policing strategies which has contributed to a more than 60 percent decrease in residential burglaries in Fremont since the spring of 2013. Other initiatives led the department to establish a public and private community video partnership program, initiate implementation of a body-worn camera program, and have improved safety equipment for field personnel.

Early in his career, Lucero earned a law degree early and is a current member of the California State Bar. He is a recipient of the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in the study of local government law.

Lucero is also a member of several law enforcement and nonprofit organizations, including the California Police ChiefsÕ Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Niles Rotary, Officers Give Hope, and is a past president of the California Peace Officers Association. He is a lifetime member of the California Narcotic OfficerÕs Association.

Fremont officials said that the city plans to conduct an internal recruitment process in the coming months to find a replacement for Lucero.

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