City of Long Beach
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
The City of Long Beach ended 2017 with the lowest number of murders recorded in history since it began recording crime statistics in 1968. Compared to 2016, the overall murder rate for 2017 shows a 33.3% decrease. As of December 31, 2017, 22 murders have been recorded citywide, down from 33 recorded in 2016.
“This historic reduction in homicides is a huge win for the people of Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The city has dramatically become safer over the last decades thanks to the men and women of the LBPD and community partnerships. Every life lost is still a tragedy, so we will continue to press on to make Long Beach even safer.”
“We are very pleased with the significant drop in murders and the continued overall reduction in citywide crime,” said Chief of Police Robert Luna. “The noticeable decreases are a true testament to the dedication and the incredible work that our employees do every day. We work together in partnership with our community and other City Departments, as well as numerous law enforcement entities in an effort to reduce crime and improve the quality of life for residents and visitors alike.”
The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) has experienced a significant drop in gang related murders with a 42.1% decrease from 2016 due to enhanced gang enforcement efforts, which include a dedicated detective to apprehend prohibited possessors, and continued law enforcement partnerships with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) to remove guns off the streets. Additional strategies include:
About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.