On September 11, 2018, the Long Beach Branch of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD), were presented with the 2018 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award, in recognition of the District Attorney’s Office’s Firearms Relinquishment Program.
The LBPD joined forces with the District Attorney’s Long Beach Branch, to implement this program, which was designed to identify defendants convicted of firearm-prohibiting crimes.
As a result of the successfulness of this partnership, the LBPD conducted a similar operation earlier this year, to investigate illegal firearm possession cases, which resulted in multiple arrests and the confiscation of numerous guns.
The operation, which ran from February through June 2018, was conducted in collaboration with California Department of Justice’s Firearms Bureau, the Long Beach Office of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Offices’ Firearms Relinquishment Program. Collectively, the operation resulted in 62 arrests, 42 of which were felony arrests, and 13 of them gang-related. Additionally, 73 firearms, which included handguns, shotguns, and assault rifles, were confiscated.
The operation was funded through discretionary overtime that was provided to the Police Department by Mayor Robert Garcia and the Long Beach City Council.
“Removing firearms from the hands of individuals who have shown a propensity for violence and cannot legally possess them, helps prevent gun violence and makes our community safer,” stated Chief of Police Robert Luna.
Those prohibited from possessing firearms may include: felons, ex-felons, individuals restricted by conditions of their probation/parole or restraining orders, dishonorable discharge from military, and those placed on mental evaluation holds (restricted for five-years in California).
The LBPD becomes aware of these individuals through various means, which include tips from the community, court processes, information from other law enforcement agencies, and through information sharing between LBPD detectives and patrol officers.
Officers from each patrol division, as well as detectives from various investigative details, assisted with the 5-month operation.
If you believe you are a prohibited possessor, and would like information on how to safely surrender your firearm(s), please contact the Gang Enforcement Section at (562) 570-7370.
The LBPD will continue to work with law enforcement at the local, state and federal levels to proactively enforce laws pertaining to prohibited possessors, for the safety of the community.
The National Association of Counties (NACo) is a national organization that unites America’s 3,069 county governments, and whose vision is to achieve healthy, vibrant, and safe counties across America. (www.naco.org)
For more information regarding the NACo Achievement Award presented, please click the below link to the District Attorney’s Office’s article: