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LBPD Says Partially Conducted/Partially Paid Report On Its Mgm't And Operation By Int'l Ass'n of Chiefs Of Police Has "Lost Its Applicability" And Won't Be Issued. Huh? 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.
[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, 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, provided us with the statement below. That's fine, but does plan to pursue this story further.]

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(Feb. 11, 2019) LBPD today (Feb. 11) provided 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.

The study was intended to gather historical and new data with an emphasis on personnel hiring, recruiting, retention, staffing and operational deployment. The data would then be analyzed in comparison to data IACP has collected from work they have conducted in similar sized communities, against industry standards, and in relation to the contemporary challenges facing law enforcement today. The overall project involved multiple phases and by contract was to take six months to complete. Over the course of the six-month timeline, IACP was to provide LBPD with preliminary recommendations during the second phase, a draft report, and a final report.

A total of $96,000 was authorized for the study, with 50% ($48,000) to be invoiced at the time work began, and the remaining 50% to be invoiced upon project completion and acceptance by the City. On February 14, 2018, a payment of $48,000 was made to IACP for the research conducted in the first half of the study.

The IACP began collecting data from LBPD, and conducted numerous interviews with command staff, employees and community stakeholders. The workforce survey was to assess the current state of conditions and practices within the department. The community stakeholder survey provides an opportunity for feedback on police performance, including perceptions of and satisfaction with service delivery levels and methods used by LBPD. In addition, IACP held two community input sessions in July and August 2017, to gather additional feedback from community members.

Due to unforeseen delays during the data collection process the envisioned report has lost its applicability.

LBPD and IACP have mutually agreed to stop working on the project, no final report will be issued, and no further payments will be made.







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