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February 12, 1987
Cmdr. Lawrence Binkley, a 26-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, was named police chief of Long Beach. The announcement was made by current Los Angeles County Chief Administrative Officer James Hankla, who takes over as Long Beach city manager on March 1, the same day Binkley will succeed Police Chief Charles Usfery, who retired late last year. Binkley, 46, currently oversees the department's Communications Division.
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January 26, 1992
Fired recently as Long Beach police chief. Age: 51 Education: Master's degree in public administration from USC. Bachelor's degree in police science from Cal State Los Angeles. Experience: A 24-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, where he retired as a commander. His accomplishments there included overseeing traffic control and security of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. He joined the Long Beach Police Department on March 1, 1987.
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January 26, 1992
Fired recently as Long Beach police chief. Age: 51 Education: Master's degree in public administration from USC. Bachelor's degree in police science from Cal State Los Angeles. Experience: A 24-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, where he retired as a commander. His accomplishments there included overseeing traffic control and security of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. He joined the Long Beach Police Department on March 1, 1987.
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December 22, 1991 | ROXANA KOPETMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The future of Long Beach Police Chief Lawrence Binkley may be decided Monday when the town's embattled top law enforcement officer and the city manager meet to discuss whether Binkley ought to take a leave of absence while he's under investigation, a city official said Saturday. The options run from "the chief being dismissed to the chief staying on," said Councilman Tom Clark, who spoke with City Manager James Hankla on Saturday morning.
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December 22, 1991 | ROXANA KOPETMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The future of Long Beach Police Chief Lawrence Binkley may be decided Monday when the town's embattled top law enforcement officer and the city manager meet to discuss whether Binkley ought to take a leave of absence while he's under investigation, a city official said Saturday. The options run from "the chief being dismissed to the chief staying on," said Councilman Tom Clark, who spoke with City Manager James Hankla on Saturday morning.
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January 13, 1988
Long Beach Deputy City Manager John Williams has pleaded guilty to a single count of driving under the influence of alcohol. Long Beach Municipal Judge Thomas R. Simpson sentenced Williams to a program for alcohol-related offenders and ordered him to pay $777 in fines. Williams was arrested the evening of Dec. 29 after officers noticed he was driving erratically. He was booked at a police station, then given a ride home by Police Chief Lawrence Binkley.
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July 1, 1992
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that former Long Beach Police Chief Lawrence Binkley, who was fired last January, is entitled to a new appeal hearing. Judge Robert H. O'Brien said that the city of Long Beach violated Binkley's procedural rights "in every respect." Binkley filed a lawsuit against Long Beach and City Manager James C. Hankla last May, arguing he was fired without cause and then not given a fair appeal hearing. Assistant City Atty.
NEWS
September 21, 1989
The cost of a false alarm just went up. Long Beach officials Tuesday nearly tripled the fee charged to home and business owners when their alarms are mistakenly set off. The fee increased from $104 to $300. Police begin charging a fee for each false alarm after the fourth one. They do not charge for the first four false alarms within a 12-month period.
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January 23, 1992
If it were up to the Long Beach City Council, the new chief of police would come from within the ranks of the Police Department. The mayor and a majority of the council say they hope City Manager James Hankla, who last week fired Lawrence Binkley as police chief, will choose a successor from within the Police Department. "We've had some fine officers rise within the ranks and I don't see why one of them can't be the chief," Mayor Ernie Kell said Wednesday.
NEWS
February 12, 1987
Cmdr. Lawrence Binkley, a 26-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, was named police chief of Long Beach. The announcement was made by current Los Angeles County Chief Administrative Officer James Hankla, who takes over as Long Beach city manager on March 1, the same day Binkley will succeed Police Chief Charles Usfery, who retired late last year. Binkley, 46, currently oversees the department's Communications Division.
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June 22, 1990
The Long Beach City Council agreed his week to consider hiring Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies in place of Long Beach police to patrol about a fourth of the city, which has recorded a sharp increase in crime since 1988. The council will ask Sheriff Sherman Block to submit a proposal that would have deputies patrol the north and northeastern parts of the city. City Manager James C. Hankla said he suggested the inquiry because the council had asked him to look at ways to expand policing.
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