LBPD Chief Luna Congratulates newly promoted LBPD officer and civilian personnel.
Thirteen Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) employees were promoted Thursday in a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall, flanked by loved ones and colleagues.
LBPD Chief Robert Luna Congratulated the LBPD personnel on their achievements before shaking their hands and presenting promotional badges.
“Thank you for your hard work,” Luna said. “We expect you to continue leading with […] confidence and compassion, reinforcing the values of ethics, intelligence and respect. You will not tolerate mediocrity whatsoever.”
On the note of respect, Luna said that value meant “treating people right,” stating “I don’t care what color you are, what sexual preference you have[…] everyone matters.”
He took time to acknowledge the “negative attention” currently focused on public safety programs across the country. He cautioned the public to also listen to police officers, reminding everyone that “respect is a two-way street.”
One of the promoted officers was the new Deputy Chief Michael Beckman, who had family and friends on hand to witness his promotion, including officers from the Los Angeles and Santa Monica Police Departments.
“I’m honored, touched,” Beckman said. He noted that his family and friends helped him every step of the way. “I know there’s a lot of respect that comes with this position, but it’s a collective achievement.”
The ceremony proceeded with multitudes of family and friends posing for photos with each promoted employee, and moves to spend the afternoon celebrating with families.
Right: Sergeant Stephanie Hall celebrates her promotion with her husband, who is also an LBPD officer.