The Long Beach Police Department provides law enforcement for the city of Long Beach, California, USA.
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 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.
Since the establishment of the Long Beach Police Department, 28 officers have died while on duty.
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.
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.
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. For the convenience of our community, each divisional station provides information and limited police reporting services.
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.