The Long Beach Police Department launched a new office, called the Office of Constitutional Policing, in an attempt to increase equality, justice and constitutional public safety in its policing practices, the department said Thursday.
Police said the new office, which began operations on July 14, will rethink traditional policing and support its goals of policing within the parameters of the U.S. and California constitutions. It will focus on management practices, policies, training, recruitment, accountability and constitutional police.
It will work to:
— Ensure the department is up to date with best practices in policing, legal mandates and community expectations;
— Guide the expansion of data analytics for accountability and transparency;
— Engage with key stakeholders and other city departments for inclusivity and equity;
— Liaise with the Long Beach’s Office of Equity.
“This department remains committed to our 21st Century policing principles that build trust and reinforce accountability,” said Chief of Police Robert G. Luna. “We will continue to make strides in our commitment to community engagement, meaningful partnerships and constitutional policing. I strongly believe that under the direction of Assistant Chief Wally Hebeish this new office will uphold our values while continuing to make meaningful changes in the way we continue to serve our community.”