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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 111914
Robert G. Luna to be Sworn In as Chief of Police for City of Long Beach on Saturday November 22
LBPD Media Relations

On Saturday November 22, 2014, Robert G. Luna will be sworn in as the 26th Chief of Police for the City of Long Beach.  Members of the public are invited to attend the free ceremony, which will begin at 12:00 pm in the Long Beach Arena Lobby. The celebration will mark the promotion of a Long Beach Police Department veteran and the City's first Latino Chief of Police. 

"Over his 29 years on the force, Robert Luna has gone above and beyond the call of duty," said Mayor Robert Garcia. “He has demonstrated an abiding love for the City of Long Beach, its people, and its diverse neighborhoods. He is at the vanguard of policing and represents a diverse citizenry and leadership that make us all stronger.” 

City Manager Pat West appointed Chief Luna to the position on Tuesday November 11, 2014. Over the course of his career at the Long Beach Police Department, Chief Luna has served in a variety of roles, including 13 years on the executive management team, and most recently serving as Deputy Chief of Police. The community is invited to witness the swearing in with a welcome provided by Sheriff-Elect Jim McDonnell, remarks from the Mayor and City Manager, as well as light refreshments.

“Chief Luna’s dedication to the Police Department and the entire community is impressive,” said City Manager Pat West. “I am positive that he will hold himself and the Police Department to the highest standards, and I look forward to celebrating his appointment.” 

Chief Luna holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration, and a Bachelor of Science both from California State University, Long Beach. He is a graduate of Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program; the Delinquency Control Institute (DCI) at the University of Southern California; and the FBI’s National Executive Institute and National Academy. 

“I am grateful for the opportunity to give back and serve the community that has given so much to me,” said Chief Luna. “The community is our greatest asset, and I want to make clear the Police Department will be as visible, accessible, responsive and transparent as possible. I look forward to being sworn in with my family, friends, colleagues and the community present.”

Chief Luna is replacing Chief Jim McDonnell, who has been elected Sheriff of Los Angeles County. Chief McDonnell’s term of service ends November 21, 2014.

Background on LBPD:
The Long Beach Police Department is the second largest municipal police agency in Los Angeles County and provides law enforcement services to the 7th largest city in the State of California. With more than 800 sworn officers and a total staffing of more than 1,200 personnel, the LBPD is dedicated to professional, proactive, and innovative policing.  LBPD is committed to building and maintaining positive relationships with the diverse community they serve. 

With an annual operating budget of more than $211 million, the Police Department also provides contracted law enforcement services to the Port of Long Beach, Long Beach Airport, Long Beach Transit, and Long Beach City College.  In 2013, the LBPD recorded a 41-year low in the number of reported violent crimes, with a decrease of 13.3 percent when compared to the previous year.