Long Beach Police Department (California)

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Long Beach Police Department
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Agency overview
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionLong Beach, California, United States
Size51.44 sq mi
Headquarters400 W. Broadway Long Beach, CA 90802
Officers792 and a reserve corp. of both other professionals and some retired officers.
Agency executive
  • Robert Luna, Chief of Police

The Long Beach Police Department provides law enforcement for the city of Long Beach, California.


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.[1]

The current Chief of Police is Robert Luna. Chief Luna was sworn in as the police chief of Long Beach on November 11, 2014, replacing Jim McDonnell, who was elected as Los Angeles County Sheriff.

Rank structure[edit]

Rank Insignia
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Deputy chief 2 Gold Stars.svg
Commander 1 Gold Star.svg
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Police officer

Fallen officers[edit]

Since the establishment of the Long Beach Police Department, 28 officers have died while on duty.[2][3]

Patrol divisions[edit]

North Patrol Division[edit]

The North Division has approximately 110 police officers and a dedicated civilian support staff. The current building was constructed in 2004. The building houses a rooftop 40-kilowatt solar power system and has the potential to supply 85% of needed power. The North Division business desk is staffed Tuesday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and provides a variety of services.

South Patrol Division[edit]

The South Patrol Division encompasses the area of Anaheim Street to Harbor Scenic Drive and the Los Angeles River to Cherry Avenue. Area attractions include: Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach Arena, Queen Mary, Carnival Cruise Line Terminal, Shoreline Marina and a Downtown Entertainment District.

The South Patrol Division is located in the Public Safety Building at 400 West Broadway.

East Patrol Division[edit]

The East Division Station opened in February 2016 and houses the East Patrol Division and Juvenile Investigations Section operations. East Division police officers provide law enforcement services to approximately 170,000 residents. Measured at 24 square miles, the East Division is the largest geographical patrol division of the police department and comprises approximately 46 percent of the city. It is bounded by Del Amo Boulevard to the north; the Pacific Ocean shoreline to the south; Orange County cities to the east; and, Cherry Avenue and the City of Signal Hill to the west. The East Division is home to the Long Beach Airport, California State University, Long Beach, the East Anaheim Street Corridor, Long Beach Towne Center, Belmont Shore, 4th Street "Retro Row" and a number of historic and idyllic neighborhoods and parks, including Naples Islands, Belmont Heights, Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens, Bixby Park, Rose Park, and El Dorado Regional Park and Nature Center.

West Patrol Division[edit]

The West Patrol Division is almost 13 square miles and includes the Port of Long Beach, the area west of the 710 Freeway and a large portion of Central Long Beach. The 136 sworn and three civilian employees serve almost 100,000 people. Officers respond to over 40,000 dispatches each year. The West Patrol Substation opened in late 1997. The substation's presence in the area has improved community access to police. Each divisional station provides information and limited police reporting services.

Field support division[edit]

Field Support is the largest and most diverse division in the Patrol Bureau, consisting of over 200 sworn and civilian personnel. The Division is organized into the Traffic Section, the Event Planning and Management Section, and the Special Enforcement Section. The Special Enforcement Section also includes several specialized tactical support teams.[4]

Alleged misconduct[edit]

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.[5]

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.[6]

In August, 2010, Officer Damian Ramos stole four firearms retained by the department. He later pleaded guilty.[7]

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.”[8]

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.[9]

In late October, 2012, Officer Brandon Preciado was sentenced to twelve years in custody for eighteen crimes relating to beating his wife.[10]

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.[11]

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.[12]

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.[13]

In mid-January 2014, the department agreed to pay $380,000 to a man who was attacked by five police officers . 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.[14]

On 10/12/2016 a Federal jury awarded $1.6 million to Miguel Contreras and Miguel Vazquez, (two cousins). On November 27, 2010, both Sergeant David Faris and Officer Michael Hynes were accused of beating Miguel Contreras and Miguel Vazquez with batons and broke one of their hands by stomping it without provocation. Miguel Contreras and Miguel Vazquez accused Long Beach police officers of using excessive force. [15]


  1. ^ LBPD 2006 Annual, page 18
  2. ^ "Long Beach Police Department, California, Fallen Officers". The Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP).
  3. ^ "Long Beach Community College District Police Department, California, Fallen Officers". The Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP).
  4. ^ "Field Support Division". Long Beach Police Department. Retrieved 23 May 2016. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  5. ^ Long Beach settles murder conviction lawsuit for $7.95 million, by Paul Eakins, 10 August 2010, Press-Telegram
  6. ^ Robbery Ring Disguised as Drug Raids Nets Convictions for Former LA Cops, 30 January 2008, Fox News.com, retrieved 23 January 2014
  7. ^ Ex-Long Beach Officer Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement In Weapons Theft Case, by Ryan Zumallen, 10 February 2011, Long Beach Post
  8. ^ Off-duty police officer pleads guilty to DUI. by Sean Emery , 21 March 2011, The Orange County Register
  9. ^ Ex-officer sentenced for sex with underage relative, by Will Bigham, 15 August 2011, The Sun-News
  10. ^ Ex-Long Beach officer gets 12 years for beating wife, 28 October 2012, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
  11. ^ Long Beach police officer sentenced to 11 yrs for sex crimes w/ minors, 23 February 2013, KABC-TV
  12. ^ Long Beach cops liable in 2010 shooting death of Douglas Zerby, by Greg Mellen, Staff Writer, April 3, 2013, Press-Telegram News
  13. ^ Ex-Long Beach detective allegedly passed information to gang, by Ruben Vives and Kate Mather, 6 December 2013, Los Angeles Times
  14. ^ 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,
  15. ^ https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/10/12/two-men-awarded-1-6m-in-long-beach-police-beating/

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