The Long Beach Police Department’s Office of Counter Terrorism

The Long Beach Police Department’s Office of Counter Terrorism (OCT) is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and investigating criminal intelligence related to international and domestic terrorism, organized crime, and extremist activity. OCT detectives serve with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and work closely with local, state, and Federal law enforcement agencies related to criminal intelligence matters.

The Office of Counter Terrorism maintains a public tip line and an e-mail address to report suspicious activity:

OCT tip line: (562) 570-5593

Local Threat Level: (562) 570-5566

Suspicious Activity Reporting 

iWATCH, iREPORT, i KEEP US SAFE (iWATCH) is a community awareness program created to educate the public about behaviors and activities that may have a connection to terrorism.
This program is a community program to help your neighborhood stay safe from terrorist activities. It is a partnership between your community and the Los Angeles Police Department.  We can and must work together to prevent terrorist attacks.

To learn about the iWATCH program and about the behaviors and activities that you should report, view the videos and review the list of examples.  You can also read and download a brochure that explains the program.

Remember that the iWATCH program is about behaviors and activities, not individuals.


Q. How do I submit a tip via text messaging?
A. To text a tip to the Long Beach Police Department (L.B.P.D.), you must have text messaging capabilities on your cell phone and subscribe to a participating cell phone carrier. While handset menus differ by carrier or model, here are some basic steps on how to compose a text message.
  1. Find “Messaging” or “SMS” (short message service) on your cell phone’s menu.
  2. Compose a new text message or SMS text message.
  3. When composing your message: Enter the number 274637 as the mobile # or in the “to” line. In the message body, type the word “LBPD” followed by a space and then your crime tip information.
  4. Hit “Send” to send the message.
  5. You will receive your unique initial encrypted identifier shortly, which will start the secure and anonymous text dialogue.

 A Message from the Long Beach Police Department

International developments indicate that there is still a significant risk of terrorist attacks from established terror groups and their symphathizers. Lowering the threat level, however, indicates that certain security measures can be altered to meet the lowered threat condition. Everyone is encouraged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the following numbers:

To Report Suspicious Activity

1. If you perceive an immediate threat to yourself or public safety, please call 911 immediately.

2. If you would like to report suspicious activity that you believe may be related to terrorism, call the Long Beach Police Department at (562) 570-5593 or the FBI at (562) 432-6951.

3. To hear prerecorded information regarding the Department of Homeland Security threat advisory system and the Long Beach current threat level, please call (562) 570-5566.

Preparing for Terrorism
  • Wherever you are, be aware of your surroundings. The very nature of terrorism suggests there may be little or no warning.
  • Take precautions when traveling. Be aware of conspicuous or unusual behavior. Do not accept packages from strangers. Do not leave luggage unattended. Unusual behavior, suspicious packages and strange devices should be promptly reported to the police or security personnel.
  • Do not be afraid to move or leave if you feel uncomfortable or if something does not seem right.
  • Learn where emergency exits are located in buildings you frequent. Notice where exits are when you enter unfamiliar buildings. Plan how to get out of a building, subway or congested public area or traffic. Note where staircases are located. Notice heavy or breakable objects that could move, fall or break in an explosion.
  • Assemble an Emergency Preparedness Checklist and Learn First Aid. Separate the supplies you would take if you had to evacuate quickly, and put them in a backpack or container, ready to go.
  • Be familiar with different types of fire extinguishers and how to locate them. Know the location and availability of hard hats in buildings in which you spend a lot of time.

Behaviors and Activities to Report: 
  • People drawing or measuring important buildings.  
  • Strangers asking questions about security or building security procedures.  
  • Briefcase, suitcase, backpack, or package left behind.  
  • Cars or trucks left in No Parking zones in front of important buildings.  
  • Intruders in secure areas where they are not supposed to be.  
  • Chemical smells or fumes that worry you.  
  • People asking questions about sensitive information such as building blueprints, security plans, or VIP travel schedules without a right or need to know.
  • Purchasing supplies or equipment that can be used to make bombs or weapons or purchasing uniforms without having the proper credentials.

Important Places to Watch:

  •  Government buildings
  •  Religious facilities
  •  Amusement parks
  •  Sports/Entertainment venues
  •  High-rise buildings
  •  Mass-gathering locations—parades, fairs, etc.
  •  Schools
  •  Hotels
  •  Theaters
  •  Shopping malls
  •  Bridges
  •  Public transportation

Potential Indicators of Terrorist Activities

Emergency Preparedness for Terrorism Activity

Terrorism BOLO (Be On the LookOut) Alerts
(Most Wanted Lists & Alerts)