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©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor, LBFD and LBPD remember 9/11
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Mayor Foster joined Long Beach Fire Department Chief Mike Duree, Long Beach Police Department Deputy Chief Robert Luna, and members of LBPD and LBFD for a ceremony at the Civic Center Police/Fire Memorial to commemorate the anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and honored those who lost their lives that day.

 

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©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster’s statement on the Newtown school shooting

Mayor Bob Foster released a statement in reaction to the Newtown, CT school shooting.

 

“Our prayers go out to each of the families and the entire Newtown community in the wake of such unspeakable tragedy.

 

I want to take a moment to assure our students and families here in Long Beach that your Police Department and the Long Beach Unified School District are in communication and also encourage parents to seek help if they need it in talking with their children about what happened.”

 

School site counselors are available through LBUSD and additional resources for families looking for ways to talk with their children about the Newtown tragedy may find the following link from the American Psychological Association helpful:  http://www.apa.org/topics/violence/school-shooting.aspx

 

The official statement from the Long Beach Unified School District is below:

 

“We send our thoughts and prayers to all of the innocent people affected by this senseless act,” said Christopher J. Steinhauser, superintendent of schools for the Long Beach Unified School District. “Despite this shooting, however, school remains one of the safest places for children to be. We will continue our daily work with law enforcement, staff, parents and students to keep our schools safe, and we will carefully examine this tragic event to determine whether any adjustments should be made to our school safety plans.”

 

After such incidents, school safety officials receive a “tactical review” that helps them work with law enforcement on how to adjust their training, if warranted. LBUSD school safety officials, for instance, learned a great deal from the Columbine shooting in Colorado, and have since conducted regular drills at schools in conjunction with both the Long Beach Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

 

There is no credible threat here related to the Connecticut shooting, but school safety staff have been in close touch with local law enforcement today and remain extra vigilant.

 

Any student who needs to discuss their feelings about the incident may contact staff at school to receive counseling.

Safety is always the school district’s highest priority. Following are some ways that the Long Beach Unified School District works to keep its schools and students safe:

 

Schools practice lockdown procedures during regular drills, and staff receives training on how to deal with a variety of emergency situations, including a potential intruder on campus.

 

LBUSD continues to staff each of its large, comprehensive high schools with an armed police officer. Middle schools have campus security officers. Elementary school staff are trained to contact School Safety or dial 9-1-1 if appropriate. LBUSD School Safety officers and Long Beach Police Youth Services officers patrol throughout the district and can respond rapidly in case of emergency.

 

LBUSD also works with the LBPD on Operation Safe Passage, which allocates additional police officers to the neighborhood surrounding campuses before school and after school.

 

Along with these measure, one of the greatest deterrents is the thousands of eyes and ears of students, staff and parents. Anyone who knows of a potential threat to student safety should contact school personnel immediately.

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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.

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©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Attends the Police & Fire Memorial Service

Mayor Foster attended the annual Long Beach Police & Fire Memorial Service this morning to pay tribute to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving the City and residents of Long Beach.

 

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor’s statement from tonight’s press conference

 

Mayor Foster’s statement from tonight’s press conference regarding death of a Long Beach Unified School District student:

“Good evening;

 

Thank you Chief Luna, the LBPD, and Long Beach Unified School District Superintendent Chris Steinhauser for being here tonight.

 

 

There are times when words don’t work to convey our sense of sadness –- and this is one of them.

 

Our hearts go out to the families affected by this tragic event yesterday that resulted in the death of an 11-year old girl from Long Beach.

 

It is hard to understand how this could ever happen. And if you are like me, you are thinking of your daughter or your grandchildren, and mindful of how precious life really is.

 

All of us are anxious to get answers from the investigation in hopes that they will help us make some sense of this heartbreak.

 

In a moment, Deputy Chief Robert Luna will give you the details of the case as we know them, but I want to remind everyone that this is still an investigation into an undetermined death and there are still many facts that we may not know or be able to answer tonight.”

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©2010 Bob Foster
Foster’s statement on Federal Building incident

February 17, 2012 – Mayor Bob Foster’s statement on last night’s shooting incident at the Federal Building in Long Beach: 

Last night’s shooting was a tragic event that has shocked the greater Long Beach community.

I know the thoughts of this City are with the families and our partner law enforcement agencies who have been touched by this event. This morning, my office has been in contact with the Secretary Napolitano’s Office to convey our condolences and offer support to the affected employees and families in any way we can. Not least of which, LBPD will continue to provide the lead federal agencies with assistance as needed.

I want to thank the businesses, employees and residents of downtown Long Beach for your continued patience and cooperation as this investigation continues. All streets are open and we don’t anticipate additional closures.

In closing, I want to give special thanks to LBFD and LBPD for their professionalism in response to last night’s call in what was initially an uncertain and fluid situation. We are also very lucky to have first-rate medical facilities here in Long Beach, namely St. Mary Medical Center. The emergency staff team who treated yesterday’s victim is to be commended.

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©2010 Bob Foster
Remembering 9/11 this Sunday

This Sunday, we commemorate the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001.  Please take a moment to remember the victims and the first responders who lost their lives that day. Some of the many events that are taking place on Sunday in Long Beach are listed below:

  • City of Long Beach Annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony: The annual ceremony will take place at the Police and Fire Memorial next to City Hall at the Civic Center Plaza at 9:30 a.m. Bells and sirens will ring at 10 a.m. for one minute as part of the National Moment of Remembrance.
  • 2011 Belmont Shore Car Show: This year’s annual car show will pay tribute to the police and firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11. Long Beach Fire Department and Long Beach Police Department vehicles will participate in a ceremony at 9:11 a.m. for a moment of silence. For more information visit www.belmontshore.org.
  • Kelly’s of Naples 9/11 Memorial BBQ: This fundraiser will benefit the Long Beach Fire Orphans and Widows Memorial Fund. The Memorial BBQ will take place from 12 p.m. –6 p.m. and features live entertainment. Call 562-433-4983 for more information. www.kellysrestaurantinc.com
  • Remember 9/11: This event will begin with a motorcycle ride in Orange County at 2:15 p.m. and will end at McKenna’s on the Bay at Alamitos Bay with a memorial ceremony, tribute concert and firework show. For more information visit www.remember911ride.com.
  • Healing with Hope: 9/11 Interfaith Remembrance: The South Coast Interfaith Council will hold an interfaith gathering at First Congregational Church, 241 Cedar Ave. at 4 p.m.  For more information call 562-983-1665 or email southcoastinterfaith@gmail.com.
  • Ground Zero in Long Beach: A 9/11 Memorial Art exhibit by Long Beach artist Ron Yates will be on display from Friday, Sept. 9 – Sunday, Sept. 11 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 624 Pacific Ave.  For more information call Ron Yates at 310-686-7928.
  • 9/11 Candlelight Vigil, Walk & Remembrance Ceremony: Organized by Long Beach community member Justin Rudd, the candlelight walk will begin at Bixby Park at 7 p.m. and will end in front of the World Trade Center in downtown Long Beach.  For more information email Justin@JustinRudd.com.
©2010 Bob Foster
Be a Life Saver! Donate blood and join the bone marrow registry!

Blood donations dip to dangerously low levels during the summer.  On Wednesday, June 29, the Long Beach Police Department and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach will be holding a blood drive/bone marrow registry drive.  Please take the time to save up to three lives with your donation of blood.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

9:30am – 4:30m

Long Beach Police Department Community Room

400 W. Broadway

For more information or to make an appointment, contact Kathey Laster at (562) 570-6297 or email kathey.laster@longbeach.gov.   

All blood donations benefit patients at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Miller Children’s Hospital.

To donate:

  • Bring a valid photo ID
  • Be healthy
  • Weigh at least 110 lbs.
  • Be at least 17 years old
  • No tattoos within the last 12 months

Make sure that you drink plenty of water and eat a nutritious meal on the day you donate blood!

©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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