Jim McDonnell was appointed 25th Chief of Police for the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) in March 2010. Chief McDonnell is responsible for a department consisting of 1,500 employees and a $200 million budget.
During his first year with the LBPD, a number of innovative technologies and data driven crime strategies have been employed and the city experienced unprecedented crime declines. Homicides were down by 25%, the lowest number in 40 years, with a clearance rate of 90%, violent and property crimes were down significantly and gang homicides were down an incredible 53.8%.
He served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 29 years and held every rank in the department, ultimately serving as Chief of Staff, second-in-command of the LAPD. He has received numerous community and department awards, including the LAPD’s highest award for bravery, the Medal of Valor.
Chief McDonnell serves on numerous Boards of Directors that focus on furthering the interests of local youth and leadership in the policing profession on both a local and statewide level. He is an active member of several more organizations, such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Southern California Leadership Network; California Police Chiefs’ Association; Peace Officer’s Association of Los Angeles County. He was recently appointed to the California Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards & Training (POST) and is a member of California Peace Officers’ Association, where he serves as Immediate Past President.
Chief McDonnell holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He is also a graduate of the FBI’s prestigious National Executive Institute, the Senior Management Institute for Police and has completed Executive Education programs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.