Assistant Chief Eric Parra will succeed Timothy Vu as chief of the Alhambra Police Department March 24, the department announced Tuesday.

Vu will become associate dean of the Criminal Justice Training Center at Golden West College in Huntington Beach. His last day as chief will be March 23.

“As I prepare to embark on my new journey, I’m proud of the work we’ve accomplished in Alhambra,” said Vu, who joined the department in 2017 after more than two decades with the Westminster Police Department.

In his three years with the Alhambra Police Department, Vu helped it procure a bevy of new technology, including a dispatch and records management system, Axon body-worn and in-car cameras and updated dispatch radio consoles, according to City Manager Jessica Binnquist.

Vu also improved officer recruitment and retention, and was a backer of the idea to pair officers with mental health professionals to address homelessness and addiction issues, Binnquist said

“During his tenure with the Alhambra Police Department, Chief Vu’s vision, diligence, and leadership led him to support and implement several programs that have improved public safety in our community,” Binnquist said.

Parra has been assistant chief since 2019. He said he looked forward to “continuing to provide a high level of service to all who come to Alhambra to live, work and visit.”

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