Chief McDonnell

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster’s statement on the upcoming Grand Prix weekend in light of events in Boston
Credit Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau

We are 3,000 miles away from Boston but like every corner of this country, Monday was a day that we hoped we would never see.


It’s difficult to express the profound sadness we all feel for the families and friends affected by this horrible event.


There are a several members of the Long Beach City staff that hail from Boston or her suburbs and I know there is a great sense of heartbreak over such senseless violence on a day the is so quintessentially Boston. But I also know that Mayor Menino and the greater Boston community will move forward from this horrific event together and please know that the thoughts and prayers of the City of Long Beach are with you all.


Here in Long Beach, we are coming into Grand Prix weekend. The Long Beach Grand Prix showcases this great city every year as we welcome the world’s top Indy Car drivers.


Long Beach is used to hosting large events — I believe we are now in our 39th year of the Grand Prix — and we will again have a strong, multi-faceted security plan in place to deliver the best experience to our visitors.


We continue to monitor developments in the ongoing Boston investigation and are in contact with state and federal law enforcement partners. There are neither specific nor credible threats to this week’s activities – I want that to be very clear.


As you make your way down for the race week events, know that the City of Long Beach and the Grand Prix Association will take all appropriate measures to protect the public’s security — some of these measure will be visible, some will not.


The City will welcome 175,000 people for this week’s events. We look forward to another year of great races and we only ask three things of you when you come down:

  • Be courteous and patient with your fellow race fans, personnel and our public safety officials.
  • If you do see anything that concerns you, and we talk about this all the time with our residents here, don’t think twice-just call 911.
  • And finally, we want you to enjoy your time with family and friends at the outstanding events we have lined up for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.


Now, I’d like to turn this over to Police Chief Jim McDonnell for further remarks.


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©2010 Bob Foster
Long Beach Unveils Cutting Edge Crime Fighting Technology

August 13, 2012 – The City of Long Beach unveiled cutting edge public safety technology that moves crime analysis up to a whole new level. The City’s Long Beach Common Operating Picture (LBCOP) innovatively combines existing law enforcement data, with real time camera feeds at parks, beaches, business corridors and other locations to give public safety officials combined background information on specific calls for service in a way that has never been delivered before.


“Long Beach is one of the largest and most diverse cities in California,” says Mayor Bob Foster. “We are committed to public safety, and equally as tech savvy. LBCOP is the City’s most recent triumph in implementing a crime fighting system that will pay public safety dividends into the future.”


Several City departments, including Technology Services, Police, Parks, Recreation and Marine, and Finance were critical to the development of LBCOP. As defined, LBCOP is a real-time crime analysis system that enables the City to provide before and after scene arrival public safety intelligence to officers responding to critical incidents. This system is designed to increase efficiencies and leverage existing technologies against each other to combat crime and promote greater community and officer safety.


The City plans to use this system to provide officers with information about crime scenes and active public safety calls as they occur. LBCOP is capable of giving dispatchers and officials off-scene, an on-scene view of locations where cameras have been installed. Since the inception of LBCOP, 400 cameras have been installed and linked to the system throughout the City.


Business owners and residents are encouraged to participate in LBCOP. Business owners may consult with the City to identify camera systems that are compatible with LBCOP. Privately owned camera systems that are compatible with LBCOP can become synchronized with the system. LBCOP is not a camera monitoring system, but it does provide public safety officials responsible for investigating a crime or dispatching resources to a scene with timely information that matches the reality of scene. LBCOP is also an effective tool that can be used for investigation and prosecution purposes.


“In this time of reduced budgets and decreasing resources, our community/police partnerships continue to be one of the most effective ways of making the community safer,” stated Police Chief Jim McDonnell.


In the few months that LBCOP has been in use, the system has already been successful in aiding Long Beach with public safety at large events, and even with location missing persons. If you or someone you know is interested in partnering with the City of Long Beach for camera locations to feed into LBCOP, please contact Long Beach Police Department’s Information Technology Detail at (562) 570-7324.



©2010 Bob Foster
Help Your Family Prepare for a Disaster

The devastating earthquake and tsunami are good wake-up calls for Long Beach residents.  Are you prepared in case of a diaster?  Here are a few ways that you can be alerted and informed:

  • The Red Cross – Greater Long Beach Chapter is hosting a free Earthquake/Tsunami Preparedness Presentation on March 17 at 6pm at 3150 E. 29th St. in Long Beach. You will learn on how to make a disaster kit, make a family plan and be informed about disasters. RSVP with Chris Campbell-Jay at 562-595-6341.
  • There is a “Reverse 9-1-1″ notification system in place in Long Beach.  Your landline is automatically registered, but click here to register your cell phone.
  • The Police Department also has the Nixle system that will send you text messages or emails to your smart phone for alerts.  Click here for more information on Nixle and how to sign up.  Please note that standard text message fees apply.  You can also watch the latest Heart of the City episode below where the Mayor spoke to Chief McDonnell about Nixle.

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Attends CCEJ 20th Annual Interfaith/Intercultural Breakfast

Mayor Foster joined CCEJ‘s 20th Annual Interfaith/Intercultural Breakfast at the Convention Center this morning. 

Above (left to right): Event co-chair Milia Islam-Majeed (South Coast Interfaith Council executive director); keynote speaker Father Greg Boyle (Homeboys Industries founder); event co-chair Chief Jim McDonnell (Long Beach Police Department); and Mayor Foster.

Mayor Foster presented a proclaimation and a key to the City to Father Greg Boyle.

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster attends PD Press Conference Announcing 11 Arrests

This afternoon Mayor Foster joined Chief McDonnell and the Long Beach Police Department for a press conference announcing that the LBPD conducted an early morning operation today that resulted in the arrest of 11 individuals and the recovery of 6 handguns and 1 rifle.

“Gang Enforcement detectives have been investigating a series of shootings that have occurred since December 2010.

During the course of these investigations, detectives developed information that led them to believe that the shootings were related by suspects or the weapons involved.

Detectives began to focus on one of the oldest Hispanic gangs in Long Beach who claim territory in this particular area of Central Long Beach, the East Side Longo Gang.

I would personally like to thank the Long Beach Police Department for their commitment to combating gang crime and ensuring a safer Long Beach. I would also like to thank the assisting local and federal agencies for their contributions to this investigation.” – Mayor Bob Foster.

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster’s Statement to Introduce New LBPD Chief Jim McDonnell

February 3, 2010 – Thank you, Mr. City Manager. Special thank you to Chief Quach for his service as our interim chief over these past few weeks.

A special thank you to the Command staff of the Long Beach Police Department for your individual efforts in navigating through these last few months that included a very difficult fiscal environment.

This City was fortunate to draw from an extremely qualified pool of candidates. I commend the City Manager on conducting a very thorough process. It was inclusive, deliberative, impartial, and non-political. I applaud the Council for setting aside politics and allowing the Manager to go out and select the very best candidate to serve our citizens.

The residents of Long Beach should know that your new chief has impeccable credentials and a sterling reputation in the national law enforcement community. He is a truly world-class leader who has demonstrated an ability to foster relationships across diverse communities.

And as a resident of this great city, he is already a member of our community and knows our neighborhoods and where some of our challenges lie.

He talks a little funny and I understand that he may root for the wrong basketball team. But all kidding aside, the residents of Long Beach should know that their safety is in exceptional hands.

As Mayor of Long Beach, it is my distinct pleasure to introduce a truly world-class leader; Long Beach’s new Chief of Police, Jim McDonnell.

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