Long Beach Police Department (California)
|Long Beach Police Department|
|Patch of the Long Beach Police Department.|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||City of Long Beach in the state of California, United States|
|Agency executive||Jim McDonnell, Chief|
|* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
The Long Beach Police Department was founded January 30, 1888, on the day twenty-four-year-old Horatio Davies was elected as the city's first city marshal.
From January 1888 to January 1908, the city elected eight different men to serve as city marshal until the city council adopted Ordinance Number 3, New Series, doing away with the office of city marshal and allowing for the appointment of a chief of police. Thomas W. Williams was the first Long Beach chief of police.
The current chief of police is Jim McDonnell, who was previously a 28-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department and first assistant chief. He was sworn in on March 13, 2010.
|Officer||Date of Death||Details|
|Police Officer Thomas C. Borden||Sunday, March 17, 1912||Gunfire|
|Police Officer J. R. Wilkinson||Wednesday, January 17, 1923||Heart attack|
|Police Officer Orlando E. Bridgeman||Wednesday, March 21, 1923||Gunfire (Accidental)|
|Patrolman Robert H. Halstead||Saturday, March 6, 1926||Struck by train|
|Patrolman George A. Walls||Sunday, November 18, 1928||Motorcycle accident|
|Patrolman Ralph A. Morgan||Monday, July 13, 1931||Gunfire|
|Patrolman William L. MacLean||Wednesday, December 12, 1934||Gunfire|
|Patrolman Delbert P. Buckman||Tuesday, February 13, 1940||Vehicular assault|
|Sergeant Engebrit Larson||Wednesday, February 25, 1942||Automobile accident|
|Patrolman Harold W. Irwin||Tuesday, March 20, 1945||Motorcycle accident|
|Patrolman Cecil W. Singer||Sunday, November 18, 1945||Motorcycle accident|
|Patrolman Marlin L. Evans||Sunday, July 17, 1949||Gunfire|
|Officer Jesse M. Ream||Tuesday, February 28, 1950||Motorcycle accident|
|Police Officer Robert H. Morgan||Thursday, November 2, 1950||Motorcycle accident|
|Police Officer Frederick W. Walsh Jr.||Sunday, January 20, 1957||Vehicle pursuit|
|Police Officer Vernon J. Owings||Friday, June 24, 1960||Gunfire|
|Police Officer Richard R. LeFebvre||Sunday, August 15, 1965||Gunfire (Accidental)|
|Patrolman Robert G. Smith||Sunday, December 12, 1965||Vehicle pursuit|
|Patrolman Donald V. Knott||Saturday, August 26, 1967||Gunfire|
|Patrolman William L. Isham||Saturday, August 26, 1967||Gunfire|
|Police Officer Robert R. Birdsall||Monday, September 15, 1975||Gunfire|
|Police Officer Franke Neal Lewis||Saturday, December 13, 1975||Gunfire|
|Police Officer Gary Orville Elkins||Thursday, January 1, 1976||Gunfire|
|Officer Lloyd Marland Lund||Friday, October 30, 1981||Motorcycle accident|
|Officer Philip J. Stabile||Friday, January 26, 1990||Assault|
|Police Officer Karl Duane Simons||Sunday, October 13, 1996||Automobile accident|
|Police Officer Daryle Wayne Black||Sunday, April 30, 2000||Gunfire|
|Corporal Edward Roy Davenport||Tuesday, April 4, 2003||Fall|
In November 1979, Thomas Lee Goldstein was convicted of murder after LBPD detectives pressured witnesses to provide false information. In August 2010, the Long Beach City Council agreed to pay Goldstein almost eight million dollars to settle the matter. He had served more than twenty years in prison.
In January 2008, LAPD Officer William Ferguson and his younger brother LBPD Officer Joseph Ferguson were convicted of charges of raiding homes in the area under the cover of their authority as police officers to steal drugs and money. Joseph was convicted of three charges and William of eighteen. They seem to have conducted about 40 such crimes.
In August, 2010, Officer Damian Ramos stole four firearms retained by the department. He later pleaded guilty.
On 25 March 2011, Officer Eddie Sanchez pleaded guilty to DUI charges. He was found passed out at a traffic light with twice the legal limit of alcohol in his bloodstream. He was sentenced to community service and three years “informal probation.”
On 11 August 2011, Detective Erik Alvarez was sentenced to two years in state prison for sexual contact with a female relative that began when she was fifteen years old.
In late October, 2012, Officer Brandon Preciado was sentenced to twelve years in custody for eighteen crimes relating to beating his wife.
On 23 February 2013, Officer Noe Yanez was sentenced to six years in custody for a number of charges including one count each of forcible rape, meeting a minor for lewd purposes, using a minor for sex acts, possession of child pornography, and two counts of false imprisonment by fraud or deceit.
In April 2013, Officers Jeffrey Shurtleff and Victor Ortiz were found liable in the 2010 killing of 35-year-old Douglas Zerby. Zerby was sitting on step playing with a hose nozzle. The two officers mistook the device for a gun and opened fire without warning. The jury awarded damages of six and half million dollars.
In December 2013, Detective Yvonne Robinson, a thirteen-year veteran of the department was fired when she was arrested for providing sensitive information on a murder investigation to the Baby Insane Gang.
In mid-January 2014, the department agreed to pay $380,000 to a man who was attacked by five policemen. As a result of the agreement, the man, Perry Grays dropped a lawsuit that claimed that the officers, responding to a noise complaint, beat Grays when he asked them to provide their badge numbers.
- LBPD 2006 Annual, page 18
- Long Beach settles murder conviction lawsuit for $7.95 million, by Paul Eakins, 10 August 2010, Press-Telegram
- Robbery Ring Disguised as Drug Raids Nets Convictions for Former LA Cops, 30 January 2008, Fox News.com, retrieved 23 January 2014
- Ex-Long Beach Officer Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement In Weapons Theft Case, by Ryan Zumallen, 10 February 2011, Long Beach Post
- Off-duty police officer pleads guilty to DUI. by Sean Emery , 21 March 2011, The Orange County Register
- Ex-officer sentenced for sex with underage relative, by Will Bigham, 15 August 2011, The Sun-News
- Ex-Long Beach officer gets 12 years for beating wife, 28 October 2012, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
- Long Beach police officer sentenced to 11 yrs for sex crimes w/ minors, 23 February 2013, KABC-TV
- Long Beach cops liable in 2010 shooting death of Douglas Zerby, by Greg Mellen, Staff Writer, April 3, 2013, Press-Telegram News
- Ex-Long Beach detective allegedly passed information to gang, by Ruben Vives and Kate Mather, 6 December 2013, Los Angeles Times
- Long Beach to pay $380,000 to man beaten and Tasered by police, By Christine Mai-Duc and Ruben Vives, 22 January 2014, Los Angeles Times,
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