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The Chief of Police has a legal mandate to ensure procedures exist for investigating complaints made by members of the public against Police Department personnel.

The employees of the Long Beach Police Department are carefully selected, highly trained and serve with a pride of professionalism. However, as in any large organization, deviations from ideal performance occur. Allegations of misconduct against Department personnel are investigated thoroughly and objectively, and appropriate action taken, with the goals of maintaining the integrity of the Department and the confidence of the public.

The proper administration of law enforcement will only be assured if a highly professional police agency is maintained. The Long Beach Police Department has made diligent efforts to achieve this professional status and it is our desire to provide the means whereby it will be sustained.

Update 1/1/23: On Nov. 8, 2022, Measure E was passed by the voters. This ballot measure amends the City Charter to establish a Police Oversight Commission, which will replace the Citizen Police Complaint Commission (CPCC), and add a Director of Police Oversight position. As a result, the CPCC will now begin the transition process to the Police Oversight Commission and Office of Police Oversight. Beginning January 1, 2023, new police complaints will be accepted for investigation by the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD), consistent with their primary authority for investigations as outlined in Measure E.
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Every citizen has the right to make a complaint against any employee of the Police Department. The complaint may be made to any supervisor or the Internal Affairs Division. A complaint may be made in person, by telephone, by mail, by email, or by a person not directly involved in the incident. Complaints may also be made anonymously. The Department will release to the complaining party a copy of their own signed statement when the complaint is filed in person. All others will be mailed.

Once a complaint is received, the following procedure is followed:

  1. The complaint is forwarded to the Internal Affairs Division where it is given a file number and assigned for investigation.
  2. The person filing the complaint will be sent a letter acknowledging the Department has received the complaint and indicating the file number.
  3. Upon completion of the investigation, the case will be forwarded to the Deputy Chiefs and/or Chief of Police for final disposition and appropriate action.

Note: the average time it takes to process and investigate a complaint is between 6 and 12 months, however each case is unique.


The following information is important when filing a complaint:

  • The officer's name and description, badge number, and vehicle number, if obtained
  • Witnesses names, addresses and telephone numbers
  • Any other evidence you feel may be important such as copies of citations, photographs, etc.
  • If you are injured, it is important that you file your complaint as soon as possible so that photographs can be taken and medical records obtained quickly.
  • Choose the language that best suits your needs to view the complaint procedures





You may also file your complaint via email directly to:

Department investigators make every effort to uncover the truth in each situation. In those cases where a citizen feels that a proper investigation has not been conducted, the citizen may contact any of the below listed agencies:

Agency Contact Information
Long Beach Police Department
400 West Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 570-7236
Long Beach Police Department
400 West Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 570-7343
District Attorney's Office
Los Angeles County  
275 Magnolia Ave, Suite 3195
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 247-2000
Grand Jury
Los Angeles County
Criminal Courts Building #B303
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Federal Bureau of Investigation
501 W. Ocean Boulevard, Suite #7370  
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 432-6951
Attorney General's Office
State of California
Attn: Public Inquiry Unit
P.O. Box 944255
Sacramento, CA 94244

This information is available in an alternative format by request to the Personnel Administrator at (562) 570-7120.