Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna has selected Lieutenant Megan Zabel, a 19-year veteran of the Police Department, and Lieutenant Darren Lance, a 21-year veteran, for promotion to the rank of Commander.
Lieutenant Megan Zabel began her career with the Long Beach Police Department as a recruit in 2001. She was promoted to Sergeant in 2011 and Lieutenant in 2018.
Lieutenant Zabel has worked various assignments throughout her career, including Patrol, Directed Enforcement Team, and numerous investigative task forces. As a Sergeant, she was assigned to Internal Affairs, Media Relations, Violent Crimes, and Homicide. As a Lieutenant, she worked in the West and East Patrol Divisions and her most recently assigned to the North Patrol Division.
Lieutenant Zabel is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute and received a POST Management Certificate. She has been presented with multiple commendations and awards throughout her career.
Lieutenant Darren Lance graduated from the Police Academy in 2002 and had previously worked with the Department as a Public Services Assistant at the Business Desk and Gang Enforcement Section. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2012 and Lieutenant in 2017.
Lieutenant Lance has served in various assignments throughout his career, including Patrol, Field Training Officer, Directed Enforcement Team, Bicycle Team Sergeant, and Downtown Entertainment District Sergeant. Prior to being promoted to Commander, he was assigned as the Internal Affairs Lieutenant, where he managed the Division and provided training to supervisory staff on both internal affairs and use of force investigations.
Lieutenant Lance holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of the Pacific. He has been presented with several Department awards throughout his career, including a Distinguished Service Award.
Effective Saturday, March 13, 2021, Lieutenant Zabel will be assigned as the Commander of the North Patrol Division. Lieutenant Lance will remain in place as the Commander of the Internal Affairs Division.