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Use of Force

The Long Beach Police Department defines a reportable use of force as any incident when an officer, in the course and scope of his or her employment, whether on or off duty, uses any physical force upon a non-compliant person.

SB 1421 has made available for public inspection use of force incidents resulting in death or great bodily injury.

Defining “Great Bodily Injury” is left to each agency with the assistance of the local attorney/counsel to interpret and report based on their understanding of the law. Because the definition of Great Bodily Injury is not definitive, the resulting reporting by agencies may not be the same.

For example, the LBPD considers and categorizes a broken finger as a use of force resulting in great bodily injury, while other agencies may not, further increasing the number of incidents reported by the LBPD.

Until the Legislature defines “great bodily injury”, LBPD will release incidents where an officer’s UOF resulted in one or more of the following injuries:

  • Injuries requiring 10 or more sutures and/or staples
  • Broken bones
  • All head injuries
  • Any injury deemed as serious. “Serious bodily injury” means injuries that involve a substantial risk of death, unconsciousness, protracted and obvious disfigurement, or protracted loss or impartment of the function of a bodily member or organ. (Gov. Code § 12525.2(d))

The Long Beach Police Department categorizes all use of force incidents using the following force levels for review and approval purposes:

Level 1 - Chemical weapons, spit hood, hobble, and any physical force including, control holds with ongoing complaint of pain and takedowns.
Level 2 - Any force using the carotid restraint, or a non-lethal weapon including a conducted electrical weapon, impact weapons, canine, or less lethal munitions.
Level 3 - Lethal force including, but not limited to firearms, vehicle contact, knives or any other weapon used as a lethal weapon.

In 2019 (as of 8/31) the Long Beach Police Department has had 408,979 public contacts in response to calls for service and officer-initiated activity. 234 of those incidents, or 0.06%, resulted in a reportable use of force. Out of those use of force incidents 6 resulted in a qualifying injury under SB1421, representing 0.0015% of all contacts.

The use of force incidents for 2019 have been categorized as follows:
Level 1: 132
Level 2: 101
Level 3: 1

In 2018 the Long Beach Police Department had 621,379 public contacts in response to calls for service and officer-initiated activity. 383 of those incidents, or 0.06%, resulted in a use of force. Out of those use of force incidents 12 resulted in a qualifying injury under SB1421, representing 0.002% of all contacts.

The use of force incidents for 2018 have been categorized as follows:
Level 1: 210
Level 2: 169
Level 3: 4

In 2017 the Long Beach Police Department had 604,056 public contacts in response to calls for service and officer-initiated activity. 427 of those incidents, or 0.07%, resulted in a use of force. Out of those use of force incidents 19 resulted in a qualifying injury under SB1421, representing 0.003% of all contacts.

The use of force incidents for 2017 have been categorized as follows:
Level 1: 260
Level 2: 159
Level 3: 8

2020

Admin2020-0020


2019

UOF2019-0034

UOF2019-066

UOF2019-0074

UOF2019-0210

UOF2019-0217

UOF2019-0264

2018

UOF2018-004

UOF2018-0046

UOF2018-0060

UOF2018-0151

UOF2018-0163

UOF2018-0265

UOF2018-0284

UOF2018-0314 (CIT2018-0176)

UOF2018-0321

UOF2018-0322

UOF2018-0345

UOF2018-0355

2017

UOF2017-0053

UOF2017-0119

UOF2017-0142

UOF2017-0184

UOF2017-0191

UOF2017-0230

UOF2017-0267

UOF2017-0293

UOF2017-0317

UOF2017-0323 (CIT2018-0091)

UOF2017-0356 

UOF2017-0384

UOF2017-0392

UOF2017-0440

ICD 08/29/17-3420 Pacific Pl

2016

UOF2016-0125

UOF2016-0166 (FE2016-0025)

UOF2016-0208

UOF2016-0228

UOF2016-0286

UOF2016-0296 (CIT2016-0145)

UOF2016-0345

UOF2016-0347

2015

UOF2015-0407

2014

UOF2014-0164

2001

ICD 06/22/01-400 blk 53rd St


The Long Beach Police Department is providing links to records that are subject to release, pursuant to SB 1421. Records may be added as they become available for public release.