City of Long Beach
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna today announced the appointment of Commander Alex Avila to the position of Deputy Chief. In his new assignment, Deputy Chief Avila will assume command of the Long Beach Police Department’s Support Bureau.
“Alex’s experience and strong leadership skills make him an outstanding addition to the department’s executive management team,” said Chief Robert Luna. “His previous assignments managing the Port Police, Training, and Security Services Divisions, combined with his ongoing community engagement and outreach efforts, provide him a solid foundation for his new role leading the Support Bureau.”
Deputy Chief Avila, a 27-year veteran of the Long Beach Police Department, began his career as a police officer in 1990, and promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1999, lieutenant in 2006, and commander in 2012. Most recently, he was responsible for overseeing the department’s Security Services Division.
Deputy Chief Avila has an extensive and diverse work history, which includes serving as a patrol officer, field training officer, robbery detective, Investigation Bureau administrative sergeant, family services lieutenant, port police division commander, and training and communications division commander. He holds the distinction of being the only person to be assigned to the department’s Gang Enforcement Section as a detective, sergeant, and lieutenant.
“I am truly humbled and honored to have been selected to serve as Deputy Chief,” said Deputy Chief Alex Avila. “I look forward to leading the Support Bureau and working with its many outstanding employees who provide critical support services to the police department. I am also eager to continue our efforts to strengthen our partnerships with the many entities we collaborate with to provide security services throughout our community.”
Deputy Chief Avila holds a Master of Science degree in Emergency Services Administration from California State University, Long Beach, a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Studies, and an Associate of Arts degree in Administration of Justice from Long Beach City College. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California Delinquency Control Institute, the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, the F.B.I. Executive Leadership Course, and the F.B.I. National Academy.
Deputy Chief Avila is the liaison to the Police Chief’s Latino Advisory Group. He is a member and former president of the Long Beach Command Officers Association, and a member of the Hispanic American Command Officers Association, and the F.B.I. National Associates.
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, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.