FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 121214
Richard Rocchi Appointed Deputy Police Chief
Long Beach City Manager Pat West and Police Chief Robert Luna today
announced the appointment of Commander Richard Rocchi, a 27-year
veteran of the Police Department, as Deputy Chief, effective
December 13, 2014.
"Richard Rocchi displays the highest levels of integrity, service
and community engagement," Chief Luna said. “His consistent
dedication and professionalism has earned him the trust and respect
of those within the Police Department and throughout the
Commander Rocchi's most recent assignment has been Commander of the
West Division, the busiest patrol operation in the City. He began
his career as a police officer with the Long Beach Police
Department in 1987. He has worked many diverse assignments,
including Patrol, Field Training Officer, Special Enforcement
Section, SWAT, Gang Enforcement, Community Policing, Internal
Affairs, Crimes Against Persons Section, and Academy Director. In
addition, he has worked as an Academy and Department instructor and
has served on a variety of committees and working groups.
“I am honored to be named Deputy Chief, and I will continue
to dedicate myself to providing the best service possible to our
committed employees and the entire community,” Commander
Commander Rocchi grew up in Long Beach and is a graduate of
Polytechnic High School. He holds an Associate of Arts Degree in
Administration of Justice from Long Beach City College, a Bachelors
of Science in Occupational Studies and a Masters of Public
Administration from California State University, Long Beach. He is
also a graduate of Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute
and the 221st session of the FBI National Academy.
Commander Rocchi is a member and past president of the Long Beach
Police Command Officers Association and the FBI National Academy
Associates, and he serves as a Council Member of Special Olympics
of Southern California.