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Retired Anaheim PD Lt. James Kazakos Photo by Steven Georges/Behind the Badge OC

Recently retired APD officer credits former chief for big break that led to his career

On his last day on the job after nearly 31 years in law enforcement, James Kazakos had a dear friend present him his retirement badge.

It was quite the emotional moment for Kazakos, who stepped down as an Anaheim PD lieutenant on Dec. 2, 2016, after 25 years at that agency and, before that, nearly six years at the Alhambra PD.

Were it not for former Alhambra and Anaheim PD Chief Joseph T. Molloy, Kazakos most likely wouldn’t have realized his dream of becoming a police officer.