The Long Beach Police Department has added a new office that will review how it polices the city and potentially help change some practices.

The Office of Constitutional Policing and Strategic Initiatives, which started operations last month, is to review department practices and question traditional policing as the city aims to increase equity and justice.

“This department remains committed to our 21st century policing principles that build trust and reinforce accountability,” Chief Robert Luna said in a statement. “We will continue to make strides in our commitment to community engagement, meaningful partnerships and constitutional policing.”

The office is under the direction of Assistant Chief Wally Hebeish, Luna said.

Initial discussions within the department began last year with the hiring of a civilian who reviews department practices, policies and procedures, police spokeswoman Arantxa Chavarria said.

That administrator, along with an existing lieutenant, work for the office. The department is in the process of hiring a data scientist as well.

“The office has been building a scope of work while meeting with internal groups and city partners to discuss and assess the prioritization of tasks,” Chavarria said, “including the creation of a Chief’s Advisory Board.”

The Los Angeles Police Department also has an Office of Constitutional Policing and Policy, which was initiated after the U.S. Department of Justice threatened a lawsuit following the determination there had been problems with excessive force, false arrests and other issues.

The Long Beach Police Department’s Office of Constitutional Policing and Strategic Initiatives had no involvement with the Department of Justice, Chavarria said, and was something the department undertook itself.

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