As we continue to adjust to the changes in our community and our country in response to the COVID-19 health crisis, I would like to take a moment to recognize each and every one of you who are making a difference in the lives of others. Our police officers, firefighters, health care workers and other essential workers are dedicated to delivering important services around the clock to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone in our community, and we have amazing community members who are donating their time and talents to make masks, deliver food, or just check in on friends and neighbors in need. We are so fortunate to live in a city filled with people who truly care.
I also want to thank everyone for their ongoing efforts to abide by the Safer at Home health order that was put into place to protect our community. We understand that this has disrupted daily life for all of us, but I am so proud of how responsive our community has been and how everyone is working together to help prevent the spread of this virus. Your cooperation and support are truly saving lives.
I am pleased to report that overall crime is down 4% citywide, as compared to the same time period last year. Our officers continue to respond to calls for service and our modified patrol procedures are continuing to help protect both community members and our employees. As you are following the Safer at Home health order, we encourage you to stay vigilant and report all suspicious activity by calling 9-1-1, or our non-emergency line at (562) 435-6711.
Please continue to engage with our department and the City through our social media accounts, and follow our City’s ongoing COVID-19 response efforts at www.longbeach.gov/COVID19. We appreciate your cooperation in following the important health order requirements and supporting our efforts to ensure a safe and healthy Long Beach.