Long Beach Police Department Deputy Chief Michael Beckman is a 28-year veteran of law enforcement. He currently oversees the department's jail and training operations, Port Police Division, and policing services at the Long Beach Airport, Long Beach City College, Long Beach Transit, and at city marinas and parks. Deputy Chief Beckman has experience addressing the diverse and comprehensive impacts of homelessness, mentally ill persons in the criminal justice system, and at-risk youth. He participates in Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey's Criminal Justice Mental Health Project, which is a countywide effort to provide treatment and services to safely divert mentally ill offenders from county jail.
Deputy Chief Beckman is a native of Long Beach. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Long Beach, and a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in Disaster Management. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute.
Deputy Chief Beckman has been honored to address an array of mental health stakeholders, persons affected by mental illness and their families, as well as healthcare workers, law enforcement colleagues, and college students seeking careers in social work. He is a member of many professional associations, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Concerns of Police Survivors, and supports Special Olympics Southern California and American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
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