On November 22, 2014, Robert Luna was sworn in as the 26th Police Chief for the City of Long Beach. Chief Luna began his law enforcement career with the Long Beach Police Department in August 1985 as a Reserve Officer. He entered the Basic Police Academy as a Recruit in April of 1987, and has since promoted through every rank within the Department, having worked a variety of assignments. He has extensive experience in the areas of disaster and emergency preparedness, terrorism and critical incident management, and serves on several law enforcement and community based boards.
Chief Luna actively promotes the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics, policing in a smart, focused and effective manner, and treating people with dignity and respect. He embraces the concepts presented in the U.S. President's 21st Century Policing Report, which provides key elements that help strengthen community policing and trust among law enforcement officers and the communities they serve. He has been instrumental in helping to build and maintain productive and trustworthy relationships with the community, and has received many awards from several community organizations for his civic leadership.
Chief Luna strongly believes in the importance of higher education and made a significant investment in his own education. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) National Executive Institute, the FBI National Academy, the Harvard University Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program and holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from California State University, Long Beach.
Chief Luna is committed to ensuring a safe city for all people, through sound principles, practices, and partnerships.