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CSULB-LBPD Partnership Launched

Published: July 1, 2015

Pictured (l-r) are LBPD Deputy Chief David Hendricks, CSULB University Police Chief Fernando Solorzano, CSULB President Jane Close Conoley, LBPD Chief Luna and LBPD Deputy Chief Richard Rocchi.

CSULB and the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) announced the launch of a comprehensive partnership that will result in the expansion of internships and hands-on opportunities for CSULB students to engage in forensics work, and research on new policing strategies and training and services for LBPD officers and their families.

“This innovative partnership with the Long Beach Police Department gives our students an opportunity to learn directly from law enforcement professionals, better preparing them for future careers in criminology and criminal justice,” said CSULB President Jane Close Conoley. “The LBPD will also benefit from access to the extensive knowledge and experience of our faculty and the enthusiasm and new ideas of our diverse students.”

CSULB’s role in the partnership will involve a cross-college collaboration between the College of Health and Human Services, under which the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Emergency Management (CCJEM) is housed, and the College of Engineering, which boasts faculty with extensive knowledge in biometrics and bioinformatics.

“We’re excited to partner with CSULB in academic research that will ultimately benefit our community,” said Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna. “Anytime we introduce new technology, we evaluate its effectiveness and the opportunity to partner with CSULB’s experts to accomplish that task will be invaluable.”

The new alliance includes joint opportunities to pursue grant funds for various research projects within the School of CCJEM. Set to begin later this year, the first project will evaluate a LBPD body-worn camera pilot program. The partnership will also allow an expansion of the number of internships available to the 800 students studying criminology and criminal justice and related fields. Additional collaborative projects are being discussed for the fall.

LBPD will gain from the partnership as CSULB researchers will assess the effectiveness of the body-worn cameras during the pilot phase of the program. The process will include participation in a national study coordinated through the Urban Institute with the goal of establishing more effective police practices through the use of body-worn cameras.

“Partnering with CSULB to provide internships has given many students the chance to gain insight into the operations of our city,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “And, we’re taking it one step further by connecting students and faculty with our police department in research that can ultimately benefit our entire community, so it’s really a win-win.”