Beverly Hills Police Department

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Beverly Hills Police Department
Abbreviation BHPD
Seal of the City of Beverly Hills
Badge of the Beverly Hills Police Department
Shoulder Patch of the Beverly Hills Police Department
Agency overview
Formed 1927
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* City of Beverly Hills in the state of California, USA
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters 464 N Rexford Dr, Beverly Hills, California 90210
Agency executive Dominick J. Rivetti (interim)
Stations 1
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.
Beverly Hills Police Department car.

The Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) is the police department of the City of Beverly Hills, California.[1]


The first law enforcement agency was formed shortly after the City of Beverly Hills was incorporated in 1914. The first city marshal was Augustus Niestrum with a deputy named Jack Munson whose home also served as the headquarters for both the city's Fire and Police Departments. A year later the department was expanded with addition of another officer.

Two further officers joined in 1916. When Deputy Munson retired in 1919, the new City Marshal served as both Fire and Police Chief. After eight years in combined quarters, the Fire and Police Departments were separated in 1925.

On August 1, 1927, the Beverly Hills Police Department became a municipal organization. Blair was reelected becoming its first Chief of Police. Blair was in charge of one captain, three lieutenants, four sergeants, four motor officers, twenty-three patrolmen and three clerks.

The Beverly Hills Police Department moved to the city Hall in 1932. This remained its headquarters until 1990 when it moved to a new purpose-built police facility on Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills.

Detective Lynn Franklin is the most highly decorated officer in Beverly Hills Police history.[2]

On December 1, 2014, the BHPD fired gunshots at a suspect in the lobby of the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel shortly after a robbery in the Bank of America branch a block away.[3][4][5][6] As a result, traffic on Rodeo Drive was shut down for the rest of the day.[7] Meanwhile, Victoria Talbot, a reporter for The Beverly Hills Courier, the local newspaper, claimed to have been "harassed" and "manhandled" by the BHPD.[8]

Police Chiefs of the BHPD[edit]

  • Charles Blair (1927–1942) (First chief)
  • Clinton H. Anderson (1942–1969)
  • Joseph Paul Kimble (1969–1971)
  • Brice L. Cork (1971–1975)
  • Edward S. Kreins (1975–1979)
  • Lee D. Tracy (1979–1985)
  • Marvin P. Iannone (1985–2003)
  • David L. Snowden (2004–2015)
  • Dominick J. Rivetti (2015–interim)


The Beverly Hills police department has been featured in several films including the Beverly Hills Cop series and the 1986 comedy movie Down and Out in Beverly Hills.


  1. ^ Marvin P. Iannone. Supervision of Police Personnel, ISBN 0-13-649229-0
  2. ^ Lynn, Franklin. The Beverly Hills Murder File, (2002), ISBN 1-4033-2050-0
  3. ^ Beverly Hills Police, Paramedics At Luxe Rodeo Hotel After Gun Shots Fired In Lobby, The Beverly Hills Courier, December 1, 2014
  4. ^ Aaron Couch, Erik Hayden, Beverly Hills Shooting, Bank Robbery Shut Down Rodeo Drive, The Hollywood Reporter, December 01, 2014
  5. ^ The Associated Press, Beverly Hills police wound bank robbery suspect, The San Luis Obispo Tribune, December 1, 2014
  6. ^ Kelly Taylor, Beverly Hills Police Shoot Bank Robbery Suspect Inside Rodeo Drive Hotel, Fox LA, December 02, 2014
  7. ^ Jill Stewart, Beverly Hills Shooting Shuts Down Rodeo Drive at Height of Shopping Crush, LA Weekly, December 1, 2014
  8. ^ Beverly Hills Police Harass Courier Reporter, Get Physical, The Beverly Hills Courier, December 1, 2014

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