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Alumnus Daniel Hahn takes helm as Sacramento’s police chief

Daniel Hahn Proud Sac State alumnus Daniel Hahn now leads the Sacramento Police Department, following a swearing-in celebration that drew more than 1,000 community and campus leaders to the University Union Ballroom.

“I can’t think of too many places that are more important to our city, and our community, and our youth, and the future of our community than my alma mater, Sac State,” Chief Hahn told the crowd after his swearing-in. Among those on hand for the celebration were Sac State President Robert S. Nelsen and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg.

“The business school here at Sac State was outstanding to prepare me to be a police officer,” Hahn said in a video interview before his swearing-in. “There are many, many things that I learned in business classes that can be applied to being a police chief, as a captain, as an officer, all the different positions I’ve had. (At) all the law enforcement agencies in this region, there’s way more Sac State grads than any other university.”

Hahn, the city’s 45th police chief, grew up in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood and rose through the ranks as a Sacramento police officer and captain. He served as police chief of Roseville from 2011 until he was appointed to the Sacramento post, the third consecutive Sacramento chief to be “Made at Sac State.” The list of Hornets serving in law enforcement leadership positions is long, including former Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones.
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