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Lowest Number of Murders in the City's History

Release Date: 2018-01-03

Today I joined our Long Beach Chief of Police to announce Long Beach ended 2017 with the lowest number of murders recorded in our city’s history.

We saw a 33% reduction in murders from 2016 to 2017. There were 22 murders in 2017, down from 33 recorded in 2016. We know every victim had a family and each incident is tragic. As always, our Long Beach Police Department is committed to bringing justice to each family.

The city has become dramatically safer in the last decades thanks to the men and women of the LBPD and our amazing community partnerships. Policing alone does not reduce crime. We have to thank all of the incredible work done in our local schools, our libraries, our parks, and our partners in the community. Organizations like Centro CHA, Building Healthy Communities, and the Long Beach Community Action Partnership are organizing throughout the city. In addition, dozens of neighborhood watch groups and community neighborhood associations are on the front lines every day to prevent violence.

We also appreciate local residents for supporting Measure A: These funds have improved and restored many of our public safety functions, including the restoration of the Police South Division. We have kept our average response time for police priority calls down to 4.8 minutes, one of the fastest of any large city in America. We want our residents to know when they call 9-1-1, our public safety officials are ready to serve and protect when needed.

I am proud of the work done by our Police Department, and especially want to thank Chief Luna for his leadership. As Mayor, improving safety is something I think about everyday and I look forward to seeing these improvements continue in years to come.