VALLEJO — Vallejo didn’t have to look far to find its new police chief, not beyond the neighboring city of Benicia.
Andrew Bidou on Oct. 4 will become Vallejo’s chief, Vallejo City Manager Daniel E. Keen announced Thursday. Bidou has served as Benicia police chief since 2011. He will succeed Joseph Kreins in Vallejo.
“I think that my career experiences have prepared me well for the challenges I’ll face in Vallejo and I’m eager to carry forward the progress which Chief Kreins has achieved in the department,” Bidou said in a press release.
Bidou’s 24-year career began in Newark, where he rose from the rank of police officer to captain over 18 years. He came to Benicia in 2008 as a deputy chief.
“Andrew Bidou’s experience in implementing community-oriented policing in two communities was very important to me, and will be very helpful in improving the way our Police Department develops stronger relationships with all parts of Vallejo,” Keen said in the press release.
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