Former Long Beach Police Chief Jerome E. Lance died on Saturday, July 25, at the age of 72 after a battle with cancer, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD).
Lance began his career with the LBPD in 1964. During his career, he worked various assignments throughout the department at all ranks before being promoted to the position of chief of police on Nov. 20, 1999.
During his tenure as chief, he was “faced with several challenges of a magnitude that most chiefs will never see,” such as Y2K, the aftermath of September 11 and the loss of four officers, according to LBPD.
He was responsible for multiple facility projects that included the refurbishment of the public-safety building, the construction of a new communications center, the relocation of the crime lab & property section and the upgrading of the police academy. Additional accomplishments included increased security duties at the airport and harbor, the purchase of two new helicopters and implementation of the first boat patrol unit in the history of the police department.
“Through his leadership, dedication and loyalty, Chief Lance made contributions to the Long Beach Police Department that will not be forgotten,” states a press release from the LBPD.
After Chief Lance’s retirement from the LBPD in 2002, he served as interim chief of police for the Oceanside Police Department from March through December of 2005. He was head of the CSULB Center for Criminal Justice in 2003 and continued to teach and consult in the law enforcement community until 2014.
Lance is survived by: his wife Margaret “Bunny” Lance; his sister Patricia “Pat” Chapman (Oberg); his daughter Pamela Jane Crandall (Lance); her husband Brett and children Mackenzie and Brayden; and his son LBPD Sergeant Darren Jerome Lance, his wife Nancy and their daughter Sierra; along with many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service at the LBPOA Park will take place on Sunday, Aug. 9 at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his honor to either of the following: Long Beach Police Officers Widows and Orphans Trust Fund
2865 Temple Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90755 lbpoa.org/about/widows-orphans
Law Enforcement Cancer Support Foundation
6475 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 354
Long Beach, CA 90803 lecsf.net