City releases public survey asking community feedback in selection of new police chief

The city is inviting the community to share their thoughts on what qualities they’d like to see in their next police chief for the Long Beach Police Department through a public survey released this week.

The 14-question survey asks questions that gauge important interpersonal skills and moral values, ideal experience and qualifications, as well as career priorities they’d like to see in the new chief.

The position became available after LBPD Police Chief Robert G. Luna announced last month that he would retire in December. Luna has served for seven years as the department’s 26th police chief and is the first Latino to hold the position in the department’s history.

The survey is available online, click here, or through hard copy format, you can submit at all Long Beach Public Library branches, except the Alamitos Neighborhood Library which is temporarily closed for repairs. Those who would like to submit a hard copy will be able to do so until Sunday, Nov. 7.

“I’m looking forward to hearing from the community through this public survey,” City Manager Tom Modica said in a statement. “Community partnership is a critical aspect to modern policing and our Police Chief’s vision must reflect the needs of our diverse community.”

The recruitment process is expected to be finalized by December with a new police chief announced prior to the beginning of the new year.

City begins recruiting process for new police chief following LBPD chief Robert Luna’s retirement announcement

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