San Diego Police Department Asst. Chief Long to retire

Long to become VP of Valley View Casino

SAN DIEGO - San Diego police Assistant Chief Boyd Long is set to retire a week from Friday to become a vice president of the Valley View Casino in Valley Center.

Long, a 28-year San Diego Police Department veteran known to television viewers for his trademark mustache and glasses look, had been in charge of patrol operations for five years.

Capt. Walt Vasquez will fill his role on an interim basis, according to U-T San Diego. The San Diego native, who has been with the department for more than 26 years, has been in charge of the SDPD's Western Division.

Long's diplomatic skills were put to test during the months-long Occupy San Diego protests in the Civic Center Plaza, where hundreds of activists gathered and many stayed around-the-clock in tents. He frequently spoke with leaders of the movement, and the protests ended up being mostly peaceful.

"Their goal is to exercise their right First Amendment right to freedom of speech and our goal as a police department is to assure they have a right to get a message out," said Long in a video interview posted on the website, just days after Occupy San Diego started.

He frequently appeared with SDPD Chief William Lansdowne at press conferences and community events, and frequently appeared before the City Council.

At the casino, he will oversee security, transportation, the players club and valet operations, according to the newspaper.

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