City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 121214
Richard Rocchi Appointed Deputy Police Chief
Robert Luna, Long Beach 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 community." 

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 Rocchi said. 

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.