RAAM - Team SacPD



Chief Rick Braziel Rick Braziel is Chief of the Sacramento Police Department. Over his past 30+ years with the Department, he has held a variety of assignments including K9 Handler, Patrol Sergeant and Watch Commander, and Captain of Metro (Special Units) and Narcotics/Vice. He has received numerous professional commendations including the Silver Medal of Valor. Rick has a BA and MA in Communications from California State University, Sacramento, and an MA in Security Studies from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He is co-author of the book titled COP TALK: ESSENTIAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS FOR COMMUNITY POLICING. Rick has competed in numerous marathons and triathlons including qualifying for the Boston Marathon and competing in the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii. He keeps in condition by biking to work, over 60 miles round trip. Participating in the RAAM is not only a great personal challenge for Rick, he believes it is a great team building opportunity. He feels it is a wonderful way to raise funds for the national memorial while increasing public awareness about the officers who have sacrificed their lives protecting their communities.

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Lt. Neil Schneider Neil Schneider is a 28-year veteran of the Sacramento Police Department. Prior to his recent promotion to Captain, he served as the lieutenant overseeing Internal Affairs. He has worked Patrol, Narcotics, Fiscal, K9, the Bomb Squad, and in Evidence & Property. A career highlight includes serving as the Sacramento Regional Bomb Squad Commander for 5 years, and being part of the bomb squad community, a community of "extreme risk-takers." Neil has a BA in Criminal Justice and Master’s of Public Policy and Administration from California State University, Sacramento. Neil has been cycling for four years including riding across Iowa twice in The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI). He is looking forward to this epic adventure across America with the RAAM.

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A/Capt. James Beezley James Beezley has been with the Sacramento Police Department for 20 years. He is currently the Fiscal & Personnel Acting Captain and serves as the commander of the Hostage Negotiations Team. Past assignments include Patrol, Narcotics, DEA/CHP Task Forces, Robbery/Burglary Detective, and Hostage Negotiator. He is proud of his work negotiating with a homicide suspect who held a small child hostage for 55 hours. The child was freed unhurt. Jim has Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento. Jim enjoys team sports including competing in the Western States Police and Fire Games in soccer, basketball, softball, and tennis. He has competed in the local “Pig Bowl,” an annual charity tackle football game against the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department. He began cycling in 2010 after an Achilles injury. Although not as experienced in cycling as his teammates, Jim is looking forward to participating in such a unique experience as the RAAM.

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Lt. Mark Greenlee Mark Greenlee is a 19-year veteran of the Sacramento Police Department. He is the lieutenant over Sacramento’s Regional Transit Police Services. In addition to working as as a patrol officer, he has served as a Field Training Officer and on a Problem Oriented Policing Team. He has also been a SWAT officer and leader, Bike Unit sergeant, and Special Events sergeant. He looks forward to retirement so he can ride his bike more. He has received several commendations including a Bronze Medal of Valor, Master Stolen Vehicle Award, and two DUI Awards. He has also instructed policing classes in Thailand. Mark has a BS in Business Management, and an MA in International Business. Mark has numerous awards in both Sprint and Olympic triathlons, and has completed several marathons. His goal next year is to complete a half or full Ironman triathlon. He can't wait to experience “everything the epic adventure of the RAAM is going to put us through!”

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Lt. Don Davis Don Davis has 26 years experience with the Sacramento Police Department. Prior to his recent promotion to Lieutenant, he served as the sergeant overseeing the Criminal Intelligence Unit. Past assignments include Community Service Officer, Field Training Officer, K9 Handler, Bomb Squad, Patrol Supervisor, Mounted Unit Supervisor, and Internal Affairs. He has received the Silver Medal of Valor and Certificate of Commendation. In the future, he looks forward to teaching, mentoring, and sharing information with the next generation of officers. Sharing knowledge and experiences with the newer officers will always be enjoyable he says. Don has a BA in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento. He enjoys most outdoor activities including Alpine climbing, cross-country hiking, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, and road cycling. He defines participating in the RAAM as the ultimate team challenge. “When you combine the efforts of everyone involved, along with a great cause, one can’t help but feel a great sense of pride in our Department.”

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Sgt. Dan Nutley Dan Nutley has been with the Sacramento Police Department for 14 years. He is currently a sergeant in the Crime Suppression Unit, and is proud to be part of the Department’s Honor Guard as well as a Frontline Leadership facilitator. Dan’s past assignments include Field Training Officer, Rifle Team member, Problem Oriented Policing team, Violent Crime Reduction team, and detective in Felony Assaults and Homicide. Dan has earned the Bronze Medal of Valor, several Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) awards, and several medals in mountain bike competitions in the Police Olympics. He has a BS in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento. Dan has a passion for competing in sports, especially the law enforcement division in team running and cycling events including the Western States Police and Fire Olympics, and an annual local triathlon event in the Public Safety Team division. He especially enjoys encouraging and mentoring other Department members to compete. As a die hard cyclist, he has known about RAAM for several years but did not think he would ever have the opportunity to participate in it. He feels it is a great honor to compete in such a special and challenging event while representing not only the Sacramento Police Department, but “all of our fallen Brothers and Sisters in law enforcement across the country.”

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Brian Ellis Brian Ellis is a 14-year veteran officer with the Sacramento Police Department. Currently, he is a sergeant assigned to the patrol division. Brian has been assigned to a variety of positions throughout his career including Patrol, Problem Oriented Policing Team, Parole Intervention Team, Career Criminal Apprehension Team, Directed Narcotics Enforcement Team, Burglary, and a Robbery detective. Sergeant Ellis attended the California State University at Sacramento with a major in Criminal Justice. In October 2001 he received an Award Certificate from the national Top Cops Award, along with his team members, for heroism during a gun battle with a wanted murderer. He has received two unit citations for police excellence by the Sacramento Police Department as well as a crime suppression award from the Ben Ali Temple. Brian loves physical activities for a number of reasons. A great deal of life lessons can be learned from individual and team sports. Being a part of RAAM has a lot of meaning for him. Life is not a marathon, but rather a series of sprints. Building capacity in life requires you to push yourself past normal limits. It also prepares me for my goals within my organization; to embrace risk, explore, improve the human condition, better communication, and to never stop innovating.

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Ofc. Skyler Baldock Skyler Baldock has been with the Sacramento Police Department for 13 years. Currently he is Mounted Unit officer with his partner “BOLO” (Be On the Look Out), a 1,500 pound draft horse. Besides patrol, Skyler has worked assignments in Alcoholic Beverage Control and Regional Transit. In the future he would like to promote to Police Sergeant. He has served as the Department’s bike school instructor and assists yearly with the Advanced Bike School at the University of Utah. Skylar has a B.A. in Geography from Humboldt State University. He rides road and mountain bikes and has competed in the Western States Police and Fire Games in road and mountain bike divisions including downhill. He has also competed in local triathlons in the Public Safety Team division. “I spend as much time on a bike as my family will allow.” Skylar is excited about competing in the RAAM and says that a “bicycle saddle will be a welcome relief.”

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Matt McPhail Matthew McPhail is a 5-year veteran of the Sacramento Police Department. He is currently a patrol officer and on the Department’s Crime Strategies Team. He looks forward to someday being on the SWAT team. Matthew studied chemistry at the University of Technology in Sydney as part of a 6-month study abroad program. He has a BS in Forensic Chemistry from California State University, Sacramento. Matthew was captain of the CSUS men’s rowing crew team from 2002-2004. He was a volunteer coach with the Capital Crew high school rowing program during the 2008 and 2009 rowing seasons. He ran his first full marathon in 2003 and has taken part in the California International Marathon and Baker to Vegas Relays several times since. He enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, wakeboarding, and swimming. He took First Place in the Men's Collegiate 4+ race at the 2004 WIRA (Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association) Championships. Although Matthew has never participated in a bike race of any sort, he says, “But why not start big!”

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Paul Curtis Paul Curtis has been with the Sacramento Police Department for 12 years. He is currently an officer who works as a Field Training Officer as well as serving on the Hostage Negotiation Team. He has been on a Problem Oriented Police team. Someday he hopes to teach at the academy and one day promote to Sergeant. He received a Lifesaving Award for his actions involving a vehicle fire with a driver passed out inside. Paul has a BS from in Criminal Justice with a minor in Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento. Paul is a Police Department fitness coordinator, team captain and coordinator for annual the Baker to Vegas 120-mile relay run for law enforcement. He also competes in BMX and mountain bike racing, road racing, and has been a triathlon team member in several races. He’s competed in the Police and Fire Olympic games on road and mountain bikes, and enjoys organizing riding group events in Northern California. He is a team member of Team Revolutions in El Dorado Hills, California. He’s looking forward to competing in this year’s RAAM and being part of the event’s first all-law enforcement team.

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Orlando Morales Orlando Morales has been with the Sacramento Police Department for the last 7 years. He is currently assigned to the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency Problem Oriented Policing team (SHRA POP). Orlando received a B.A in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. He loves participating in endurance types of events and has completed numerous marathons including but not limited to The California International Marathon, Los Angeles Marathon, and Boston Marathon all in 2011. Orlando placed 1st in the Open division of Triathlon for the 2009 Western States Police and Fire Games and is a 3 time Ironman Triathlon finisher. Orlando’s competitive nature allowed him to improve his Ironman Triathlon time by three hours from the first Ironman to his most recent. Orlando was one of the runners who ran with the Special Olympics Torch as it passed through Sacramento in 2011. Baker to Vegas and Eppies Great Race Triathlon are two of Orlando’s favorite relay style races and he hopes to add RAAM to that list very soon.

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