• Matt Esnayra

LBPD promotes Commander Gerardo Prieto to Deputy Chief

The Long Beach Police Department has promoted Commander Gerardo Prieto to deputy chief of police, the department announced Friday.

Background: Prieto has been with the Long Beach Police Department since 1994, starting as a patrol officer, then rising through the ranks from a field training officer, Detective, Community Policing Officer, Traffic Motor Officer, DUI Unit, Internal Affairs, and Airport Security/TSA Explosive Detection K9.

  • The LBPD says while serving as a lieutenant, Prieto was assigned to Field Support, where he managed the Mental Evaluation Team, Quality of Life Unit, Event Planning Section, and the Reserve Police Officer program.

  • Before Prieto was promoted to Deputy Chief, he led the Security Services Division and the South Patrol Division.


In 2015, a former Long Beach Police officer sued the city for wrongful termination over allegations that he was fired for being gay. Former LBPD officer Brent Record claimed that Sargent Gerardo Prieto and another officer harassed and discriminated against him. The case was later dismissed, per CBS LA.

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