In compliance with Senate Bill 1421 (SB 1421) and Assembly Bill 748 (AB 748), which mandates the public disclosure of records and information related to officer-involved shootings, certain uses of force, sustained findings of sexual assault and officer dishonesty and the production of video and audio of critical incidents, the Long Beach Police Department will be releasing documents through the Public Records Act request portal and publishing them on a dedicated webpage as they become available.
In Long Beach, within the Police Department alone, records date back to the 1960s and in some cases, the technology needed to digitally convert these documents is not accessible to us for redaction. The Department immediately began to identify how many records meet the legal mandate for release, however, without a budget or dedicated staffing, the Department has been using temporary staff to accomplish this goal and ensure victim privacy is preserved.
The webpage will contain voluminous responsive records, use of force levels and definitions, and use of force statistics. The department will continue to add additional staffing to our Public Records Act team and they are actively working through a page-by-page, file-by-file, process of review and redaction of all documents, audio, and video files associated with these incidents to begin the release process. To view the webpage, click here.
The article above was released by the Long Beach Police Department.