Chief of Police
On Jan. 1, 2022, Wally Hebeish was appointed as the 27th Police Chief for the City of Long Beach. He oversees the second largest municipal police agency in Los Angeles County, which provides law enforcement services to the seventh-largest city in California, as well as contracted services to the Port of Long Beach, Long Beach Airport, Long Beach Transit, and Long Beach City College. Chief Hebeish oversees a staff of over 800 sworn officers and approximately 1,200 personnel.
Chief Hebeish’s career in law enforcement spans over 30 years, beginning in 1994 with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department before transferring to the Long Beach Police Department in 1995. He has helped lead and inspire the department through many challenges and has been instrumental in the implementation of programs to address crime, guide organizational growth, improve employee wellness, and increase public trust surrounding equity and constitutional policing. He is committed to policing principles rooted in customer service and strengthening relationships within our diverse community.
Chief Hebeish has promoted through every rank within the Long Beach Police Department, including serving as Deputy Chief of the Support Bureau, Deputy Chief of the Patrol Bureau, and Assistant Chief of Police for over two years. He has worked a variety of assignments throughout his career and has extensive experience in the areas of Criminal Intelligence, Investigations, Patrol, and Internal Affairs.
He is a member of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the Police Executive Research Forum, and the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Association. Chief Hebeish is a graduate of the MCCA Police Executive Leadership Institute (PELI) and has attended the Harvard University Public Safety Leadership Summit.
Chief Hebeish holds a Bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Long Beach State University and a Master's degree in communication from Southern New Hampshire University.