|[Publisher's preface: A statement (full text below) released by LBPD today (Feb. 11) indicates a partially conducted/partially paid final report on LBPD management and operations by the Int'l Ass'n of Chiefs of Police has "lost its applicability" and won't be issued.
We don't believe this is the full story and we do plan to pursue some basic journalistic questions (who, what, where and why) to learn the rest of the story. Among them: Who made the decision to contract with IACP to conduct the report? Why? At whose direction in upper level city management or suggestion in elected offices, and why? And what specific items were included in the scope of work for its "systematic evaluation of the management and operation of the LBPD" so that LBPD "can better serve our community and meet future policing needs"? And where is the draft report (that LBPD's statement doesn't deny was produced?) Who has it, and who's seen it (inside LBPD or beyond)?
By way of background, LBREPORT.com tried several times over the past year the learn the whereabouts and substance of the IACP report and tried to get a copy. IACP didn't return our phone calls. LBPD indicated there was no final report to provide (which is true).
Today, LBREPORT.com provided us with the statement below. That's fine, but LBREPORT.com does plan to pursue this story further.]
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(Feb. 11, 2019) LBPD today (Feb. 11) provided LBREPORT.com with the statement below regarding a report LBPD contracted with the Int'l Ass'n of Police Chiefs to prepare nearly two years ago.
[LBPD statement text] In May 2017, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) contracted with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to engage a team of professionals to provide a systematic evaluation of the management and operation of the LBPD, with the purpose of providing the department tangible feedback on how we can better serve our community and meet future policing needs.
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