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Highlights from the IACP’s Unpublished LBPD report


Through a series of interviews, surveys, and visits by the non-profit organization, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) created a 124-page report that analyzed the Long Beach Police Department on multiple levels ranging from operations, culture, community policing, and training, to name a few. The federal protective order was lifted on the unpublished document Friday, allowing the public to see their findings and recommendations. Here are some key excerpts from the report.


Backstory: The LBPD contacted the IACP in 2017 to assess the department. In 2019, the LBPD and IACP reportedly 'mutually' agreed to cancel the project because of "delays in the data collection process", as reported in the LBP.

  • The city reportedly paid $48,000 for the unpublished report.


What we have here is a failure to communicate.

According to the document, the 'global theme' in the LBPD is an organization that has communication problems.

LBPD personnel wants the executive staff to 'engage' with them as much as they do with the community.

Within the report, personnel also have a difficult time communicating with each other as the report provides an example of the 'ineffective communication' between detectives and patrol officers.

  • The IACP analyzed the LBPD’s manual and department polices, finding them to be mostly “appropriate and typical,” but said that the LBPD does have a “multitude of manuals and orders” that analyst found them to “create confusion, confliction, and difficulty in finding the appropriate department.”


On the LBPD as an organizational structure:

The document also provides insight into the daily structure of the LBPD. For instance, shifts are assigned based on seniority and that the Vice Unit and the Gang & Violent Crimes Division are “often inter-related”, and that investigators who are scheduled to work 2,080 hours a year don't even come close to meeting that mark.

  • Side note: At the time of the study, the LBPD had a total of 868 officers and 344 civilian positions, for a total of 1,212 employees.

Patrol officers don't process property crime, and victims might have to wait for 24 to 48 hours to be contacted by a crime scene investigator and its 'a common practice'.

The LBPD is facing a retirement crisis soon.

  • The LBPD uses a computer program called “Blue Team” to document inquiries and complaints

  • IACP did not identify a specific policy dealing with Biased Based Policing

  • At one time, the LBPD had an “Early Warning System” policy in its manual for discovering potential problematic police officers, but it was deleted on September 2nd, 2014.

  • LBPD’s use of force policy doesn’t “specifically mention the sanctity of life.”





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