Deputy Chief Sam Somers Jr. will take the helm of the Sacramento Police Department on Saturday as the agency’s 44th chief of police, City Manager John Shirey announced, says the Sacramento Bee. Somers, 50, is a 28-year veteran of the department. During that time, he has led every major division, making him an experienced choice, Shirey said.
Like his predecessor, Rick Braziel, Somers is a second-generation Sacramento policeman. His father, Sam Somers Sr., retired as a captain in 1992 after a 40-year career. Somers said he looks forward to rebuilding the agency after spending years “deconstructing” as the result of budget cuts. Since 2008 – when the department was at a height of about 800 sworn officers – the department has lost more than 150 sworn officers and cut $40 million from its budget. During that time, however, crime fell. From 2007 to 2011, violent crime dropped 35 percent and property crime dropped 25 percent.