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Details: See Number Of Police Officers Proposed By Mgm't/Mayor For Neighborhood Responses/Citywide Deployment In FY19 Budget...And Yes, A Council Majority Can Vote To Change This In Upcoming Budget Votes is reader and advertiser supported. Support independent news in LB similar to the way people support NPR and PBS stations. We're not non-profit so it's not tax deductible but $49.95 (less than an annual dollar a week) helps keep us online.
(August 26, 2018, 7:40 p.m.) -- does the math and shows our work to show you exactly what will happen if your Councilmember votes on Sept. 4 or Sept. 11 to approve the FY19 City Hall budget proposed by city management and adopts the additions to the police budget recommended by Mayor Robert Garcia.

In FY19 (starting Oct. 1) LB taxpayers will get five additional budgeted officers for routine citywide deployment / neighborhood responses over the number taxpayers had in FY18.

By the numbers:

Number of proposed FY19 budgeted sworn officers = 857

Details: 851 (proposed in city manager's budget) + 6 bicycle patrol officers (recommended by Mayor) = 857).

Number of FY19 LBFD officers contracted to provide police services to other entities = 97.25

Details: This number isn't determined by City Council; it's decided annually by the entities that contract with -- and pay the City to receive -- LBPD police services: Port of LB, LB Airport, LBUSD, LBCC, LBTransit, Carmelitos (L.A. County housing project) and Metro [Blue Line.]) The number of annually contracted officers doesn't reflect Council budget prioritizing for LB taxpayers. In a citywide emergency or other exigent circumstance, some officers might be available outside their contracted shifts, and LBPD already uses overtime to provide some contracted services (including to Metro). But on a routine daily basis, officers providing contracted services aren't deployable during their contracted shifts to handle citywide tasks or to respond to neighborhood calls for service.

Number of FY19 officers (management + Mayor proposed) for routine citywide deployment for taxpayers = 759.75

This is the key figure for LB taxpayers because it reflects the number of officers actually budgeted by the City Council for citywide responses and deployment in neighborhoods citywide. 857 [total budgeted] - 97.25 [providing contracted services] = 759.75 [available for routine citywide deployment/neighborhood responses.] In FY18, the number was 754.75 (848 total officers, minus 93.25 contracted = 754.75 citywide deployable).

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Number of citywide deployable officers management/Mayor propose for restoration in FY19 = 5

Details: City management proposes to (a) add two citywide deployable budgeted "quality of life"/homeless-related officers for street outreach; (b) eliminate two currently vacant FY18 budgeted officer positions (reflecting decreased Prop H oil revenue based on production volume, not price); (c) transfer one officer from citywide deployable to Airport contracted tasks; (d) add six [citywide deployable] bicycle patrol officers per Mayor recommendation: 2(a) -2(b) -1(c) + 6(d) = 5.

Total citywide deployable officers that will be restored to date if Council adopts management proposed FY19 budget plus the Mayor-recommended six bike patrol officers (deployable citywide) = 22.

Details: 17 citywide deployable budgeted officer positions restored in FY17. No additional citywide deployable officers restored in FY18. 5 proposed for restoration in FY19. 17 + 5 = 22. Out of 208 citywide deployable officers erased in budget actions starting in FY09, 186 such officers remain to be restored for LB taxpayers.

Contracted officer details: Subject to Metro governing board approval, Metro may add two LBPD-contracted "qualify of life" (homeless tasked) officers and possibly a Detective on the Blue Line in LB (with costs paid by Metro.) These 3 added contracted positions are included within the 97.25 FY19 contracted officer figure listed above.



The bottom line: If you hear others citing LB police numbers in the range of 851 or 857 officers, they're including contracted officers that can't respond citywide or where you live (unless you live at the Port, the Airport, on an LBTransit bus, a LB school campus, Carmelitos housing or on a Metro Blue Line train.) Policing at those sites is (obviously) important, but contracted officers result from actions of those contracting entities, not by budget actions of your City Council member.

Again: if the Council approves management's proposed budget plus the Mayor's recommendation, the number of routinely citywide deployable budgeted officers for LB taxpayers in FY19 will be 759.75.


Comparison: In terms of citywide deployable officers per thousand residents (per capita):

  • Long Beach = 1.5866 (rounded to 1.59) officers per thousand residents. (759.75 budgeted citywide deployable / 478.827 thousands in LB's population = 1.5866. For FY18, LB's figure was 1.576 (rounded to 1.58)

  • Los Angeles (FY18, FY19 pending) budgeted roughly 2.47 officers per thousand residents

  • Signal Hill (FY18, FY19 pending) budgeted roughly 3.15 officers per thousand residents.



What's next?

No City Council meetings are currently scheduled prior to the Council's regularly scheduled meetings on Sept. 4 and Sept. 11. At that time, Councilmembers can make budget motions and take budget votes. Any Councilmember(s) can make a motion to budget additional citywide deployable officers for taxpayers. This would require the Councilmember(s) or management to identify sources from which to fund any additional citywide deployable officers. is reliably informed that for budget purposes, the annual cost of an LBPD officer (fully equipped) is roughly $200,000.

If the Council doesn't enact a budget by Sept. 15, the city manager's proposed budget takes effect. Once a budget is adopted, it's not set in stone; the Council can re-open most General Fund budgeted items "on any Tuesday" and make changes (and has done so.)

To view the proposed FY19 budget documents in detail, click here.

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