LBPD AB 481
The Long Beach Police Department has established policy guidelines for the use, training, approval, and procurement of existing military equipment and future military equipment acquisitions in accordance with California Assembly Bill 481 (AB-481), codified in California Government Code §§ 7070-7075.
It is the intent of the department that there be legally enforceable safeguards, including transparency, oversight, and accountability measures in place to ensure the public’s welfare, safety, civil rights, and civil liberties are uplifted before equipment is funded, acquired, or used.
The most-up-to date Long Beach Police Department proposed policy can be read here. (Updated 7/13/2022)
The proposed policy was initially published on 5/6/2022.
Previous versions of the proposed policy can be read here:
Definition of Military Equipment
Items as defined by California Government Code § 7070, subsections (c)(1) through (c)(16) can be found here.
Annual Military Equipment Report
Upon approval of a military equipment policy, the Chief of Police shall submit a military equipment report to the City Council for each type of approved military equipment within one year of approval, and annually thereafter for as long as the military equipment is available for use (Government Code § 7072).
The Chief of Police shall also make each annual military equipment report publicly available on the Department website for as long as the military equipment is available for use. The report shall include all information required by Government Code § 7072.
Public Complaints, Concerns, And Questions
Any member of the public can register a question or concern regarding military use equipment by contacting the LBPD via email at AB481@longbeach.gov. A response to the question or concern shall be completed by the Department in a timely manner.
Any member of the public can submit a complaint to the Department in accordance with LBPD Manual § 126.96.36.199 PERSONNEL COMPLAINTS.