Commander Erik Herzog, a 27-year veteran of the Long Beach Police Department, including several years in the East Division as a patrolman, will be the next East Division commander.
Herzog was one of two lieutenants promoted to commander last week by Police Chief Robert Luna. The other is Lloyd Cox, who will take command of the Internal Affairs Division.
LBPD commanders rotate every few years to widen experiences for career development. Commander Liz Griffin, who has led the East Division, will become commander of the Port Police Division.
Herzog joined the LBPD in 1990. He became a sergeant in 1997, and a lieutenant in 2016. He has worked in almost all of the department’s divisions, most recently with the special enforcement section as the acting commander of the field support division.
“I’m excited to be coming back to the East Division,” Herzog said last week. “I worked in the East Division for a number of years as a patrolman. I feel as a commander that will give me an appreciation for the many involved groups in the division. It is so big, it will be quite a challenge.”
The East Division is the largest in the city in terms of area, and covers a wide range of neighborhoods. It stretches from Naples and Belmont Shore to near the Lakewood and Bellflower city lines, and west to Cherry Avenue near the coast.
It touches four City Council districts (Two to Five), and works out of the former Schroeder Hall, which includes the city’s juvenile crime operation.
Herzog said the very different types of neighborhoods and business districts across the division will be a challenge, but that the goal is for safe…
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