Press Release

July 27, 2016

Contact: Wende Nichols-Julien, Executive Director

562-435-8184 or wnichols@cacej.org

CCEJ named Community Partner in LBPD’s $600,000 State Grant Award for Strengthening Law Enforcement and Community Relations

The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) has been awarded a two-year, $600,000 grant from the California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) to strengthen police-community relations and help ensure fair and impartial policing throughout Long Beach neighborhoods. The Long Beach City Council formally accepted the grant at its public meeting on July 19, 2016.

The California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ) was selected as the Community Partner in this BSCC grant with the City of Long Beach Police Department. CCEJ has served the Greater Long Beach community since 1963 and has a long-time partnership with the Long Beach Unified School District, the City of Long Beach, Development and Neighborhood Services and LBPD providing training, dialogues and support in addressing hate crime and hate violence prevention in the community.

“As a long-time CCEJ Board member and former member of the LBPD Management Team, I am very pleased to see this opportunity for meaningful collaboration to improve the relationship between our officers and the community.  This grant will renew a productive training relationship that started over 20 years ago”, said Braden Phillips, CCEJ Board Member and retired LBPD Administration Bureau Chief.

The BSCC Strengthening Law Enforcement and Community Relations grant will enhance collaborative approaches to building police-community partnership, trust, and communication.

“This grant will allow the Long Beach Police Department to provide officers with ongoing training in procedural justice, as well as enhanced training in de-escalation and implicit bias,” said Police Chief Robert Luna. CCEJ will provide training in the area of implicit bias to 800 hundred officers and organize and facilitate community and youth police dialogues over the course of two years.

The BSCC grant award is heavily influenced by President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, which was created to strengthen community policing and trust among law enforcement officers and the communities that they serve.

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