The Long Beach Police Department is saddened to announce the passing of former Long Beach Police Chief Jerome E. Lance on Saturday, July 25, 2015, at the age of 72 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Chief Lance began his career with the Long Beach Police Department in 1964. During his career, he worked various assignments throughout the Department at all ranks before being promoted to the position of Chief of Police on November 20, 1999.
During his tenure as Chief of Police, he was faced with several challenges of a magnitude that most Chiefs will never see, such as, Y2K, the aftermath of September 11th, and the loss of four officers. He was responsible for multiple facility projects which included the refurbishment of the public safety building, the construction of a new communications center, the relocation of the crime lab & property section, and the upgrading of the Police Academy. Additional accomplishments included increased security duties at the airport and harbor, the purchase of two new helicopters, and implementation of the first boat patrol unit in the history of the Long Beach Police Department.
Through his leadership, dedication and loyalty, Chief Lance made contributions to the Long Beach Police Department that will not be forgotten.
After Chief Lance’s retirement from the L.B.P.D. in 2002, he served as interim Chief of Police for the Oceanside Police Department from March through December of 2005. He was head of the CSULB Center for Criminal Justice in 2003 and continued to teach and consult in the law enforcement community until 2014.
Chief Lance is survived by his wife Margaret “Bunny” Lance, his sister Patricia “Pat” Chapman (Oberg), his daughter Pamela Jane Crandall (Lance), her husband Brett and children Mackenzie and Brayden, and his son L.B.P.D. Sergeant Darren Jerome Lance, his wife Nancy and their daughter Sierra, along with many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held for Chief Lance at the LBPOA Park on Sunday, August 9th at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his honor to either of the following:
Long Beach Police Officers Widows and Orphans Trust Fund c/o
2865 Temple Avenue
Long Beach, California 90755
Law Enforcement Cancer Support Foundation
6475 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 354
Long Beach, CA 90803