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The Citizen Police Complaint Commission

The Citizen Police Complaint Commission (CPCC) is one of six chartered commissions established to provide feedback and input to the City Manager, Mayor, and City Council on specified matters. The CPCC investigates allegations of police misconduct and reviews the service provided by members of the Long Beach Police Department. Like all commissions, the CPCC provides a rewarding opportunity for Long Beach residents to be directly involved in serving our community. Commissioners provide a valuable insight into the community’s perception of and experience with members of the Long Beach Police Department. 

The CPCC is neither an advocate for the complainant nor for the police personnel. Their findings can result in the accused personnel being disciplined, trained or exonerated. The Commission cannot, however, recommend discipline or penalty. While the Commission does not set policy, its findings have resulted in policies being changed or clarified to best serve the community.

The Citizen Police Complaint Commission History

On April 10, 1990 the Long Beach electorate amended the City’s Charter to include Sections 1150-1155, which established the Citizen Police Complaint Commission (CPCC). The amendment grants the CPCC authority to receive, administer and investigate, through an Independent Investigator, allegations of police misconduct with emphasis on excessive force, false arrest, and complaints with racial or sexual overtones. 

In August 1990, the City Council nominated and Mayor Ernie Kell appointed the first eleven Commissioners, who were sworn in shortly afterward. They received orientation and extensive training to perform their duties. The first meeting was held September 5, 1990.

In January 1991, the Commission adopted its By-Laws and Policies and Procedures for processing complaints and conducting business. To a great extent, this initial year was a period of adjustment to a delicate, sensitive and independent function of government in the city of Long Beach. 

The CPCC’s practices and procedures continue to evolve to enhance efficiencies while maintaining the integrity of operations and trust from our city partners and community. The Commission encourages an atmosphere of positive police community relations via appropriate transparency, accountability, mutual respect and strive for fair treatment in all aspects of law enforcement within Long Beach.