The Citizen Police Complaint Commission (CPCC) is a chartered-mandated body of 11 Long Beach residents who are appointed by the Mayor and the City Council. The Commissioners receive extensive training on the policies and practices of the Long Beach Police Department, applicable laws and are kept informed of the latest court decisions and policies that affect police discipline and personnel investigations. The CPCC’s By-Laws set forth the structure and authority of the Commission. The primary objective of the Commission to conduct a thorough investigation into allegations of police misconduct improving the demeanor of Long Beach Police Officers toward the public and maintaining community trust in the local law enforcement agency.
The Citizen Police Complaint Commission’s Mission:
The mission of the Citizen Police Complaint Commission is to provide independent, impartial, and objective civilian oversight of the Long Beach Police Department under the authority of Sections 1150-1155 of the city charter. Special emphasis is placed on those complaints from the public involving allegations of excessive force, false arrest, and racial and/or sexual overtones. The Commission is a fact-finding body, supported by an administrative and investigative staff that relays the Commission’s findings and recommendations to the City Manager who, by the Charter, makes the final determination in matters of alleged police misconduct.
Michael Soto, Chair
Dr. Merry Taheri
Michele Anderson, Vice Chair