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How to Become a Police Officer in Long Beach

Long Beach, CA is probably most famous for being a major shipping and container port. The Port of Long Beach is the second busiest port for shipping containers in the US and one of the biggest in the world. Situated just south of Los Angeles, Long Beach is home to a diverse population of 462,257 people. To protect such a large city, a large police force is needed. The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) staffs over 1,200 people.1 The process for becoming a cop with the LBPD is outlined below.

Long Beach Police Officer Requirements

Anyone hoping to become a law enforcement officer with the LBPD must first meet the minimum requirements set by the California Peace Officers’ Standards and Training (POST) Commission. These include a minimum age of 21, US citizenship, a valid driver’s license, and vision correctable to 20/20. New recruits must also be free of felony convictions and must not be on probation at the time an application is submitted. In addition to the POST requirements, the LBPD disqualifies any candidates who have used marijuana in the past two years, who have used any other drugs in the last three years, or who have ever used any type of hallucinogenic drug.

The process of applying to be an officer with the LBPD occurs in two phases. Phase I is a written test. Those candidates who do well on the test may be invited to the second phase. Phase II begins with an orientation. It also includes a physical fitness test, a background investigation, an oral interview, and medical and psychological screenings.

For more information about how to become a cop in a typical big city, see 10 Steps to Becoming a Police Officer on our home page. If you are ready to apply, find specific application information on the Long Beach Police Department – Full Time Employment page.

Police Chief for the LBPD, Robert Luna, has been with the force for 29 years. He served 13 years on the executive management team and was the Assistant Chief before being appointed to the head position. Chief Luna holds two degrees from the University of California, Long Beach and graduated from Harvard University’s program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. He also completed the FBI National Academy program.

Long Beach Police Department Information

The Long Beach Police Department serves the seventh-largest city in California and employs 800 sworn officers and 400 civilian employees.1 The operating budget for the department is over $200 million. In addition to patrolling and serving the city of Long Beach, the LBPD is also contracted to provide law enforcement services to the Port of Long Beach, Long Beach City College, and Long Beach Airport.

Long Beach Police Training Academy

The Long Beach Police Academy offers basic training to all of its new recruits and its program is based on the standards set by California POST. Newly hired officers spend 27 weeks in the rigorous training program where they learn skills like police driving, policies and procedures, mediation, report writing, and about criminal law. After graduating from the Academy, new recruits spend one year working on the force with an LBPD training officer.

Long Beach Police Salary and Jobs Outlook

New recruits to the LBPD begin earning a starting salary of $30.54 per hour while in the academy and during field training.1 In addition to the salary, new officers also receive a number of benefits from the Department, including health insurance, life insurance, a generous retirement program, and opportunities for career advancement. With a cost of living in Long Beach that is 57.9% higher than the national average, a high salary is reasonable.2 The average annual salary for a police officer in Long Beach is $87,220.3

The overall growth in police jobs in California is expected to be positive and from now to 2022 the field should grow by 6.8%. This translates to an average of 2,570 new positions opening up each year throughout the state.4 For more information on current FPD law enforcement positions, take a look at our jobs board page.

More Information on the Long Beach Police Department and Crime

The LBPD welcomes involvement from the community through several volunteer opportunities. People of all ages, including seniors are invited to get involved with the Department through the volunteer program, senior police partners program, and youth volunteer program.

Contact Information

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LongBeachPD.CA
Twitter: @LongBeachPD_CA

Long Beach Police Department
400 W Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
http://www.longbeach.gov/police/

Additional Resources

1. Long Beach Police Officers Association: http://www.lbpoa.org/links/
2. Fraternal Order of Police California State Lodge: http://www.cafop.org/

References:
1. Long Beach Police Department: http://www.longbeach.gov/police/
2. Sperling’s Best Places, Long Beach, California: http://www.bestplaces.net/city/california/long_beach
3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm