Interim Corpus Christi Police Department Police Chief Richard Badaracco will join patrol officers when they hit the streets for holiday enforcement this New Year’s Eve. Badaracco will take part in a ride-a-long, Saturday, December 31, 2011, joining Uniform Patrol Division Officers for their 5:15 PM briefing and then spending the night responding to calls alongside them during one of the busiest enforcement shifts of the year. Although Badaracco retired from the DEA after over 25 years of service, he is no stranger to the challenges faced by street cops; Chief Badaracco began his career in law enforcement as a patrol officer with the Newton Police Department, in Newton Massachusetts. New Year’s Eve will be Chief Badaracco’s first opportunity to “hit the streets” with CCPD Officers since taking over as Interim Chief in November, following Chief Troy Riggs’ promotion to Assistant City Manager. Chief Badaracco hopes to gain a better perspective of the day-to-day challenges encountered by CCPD patrol officers, while at the same time developing a more thorough understanding of the unique crime problems facing the neighborhoods they patrol. The knowledge and experience gained on this and future ride-alongs will assist him in conducting a thorough assessment of the entire department, and in preparing an intelligence driven strategic plan for the next Chief of Police.