Det. Candice Wright

Long Beach Police Dept.

Long Beach FBI JTTF



Candice Wright was born and raised in Southern California and has been in law enforcement for over twenty five years. In her capacity as a police detective Ms. Wright has worked complex transnational narcotics cases both as an investigator and in an undercover capacity.  For the past 9 years, Detective Wright has been assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), assigned to the Critical Infrastructure Protection Squad. This division of the Los Angeles based JTTF includes; Los Angeles World Airport (LAX), the Los Angeles /Long Beach Port Complex, surface transportation, K-12 schools, college campuses and special event venues.

Detective Wright’s current duties include terrorism investigations as it relates to critical infrastructure, intelligence collection and dissemination within the LA/LB Port Complex and the development and implementation of SAN (Situational Awareness Network) to be utilized among public/private stakeholders in critical infrastructure environments.

In 2013, Detective Wright was given the Centurion Award for Outstanding Innovation in Law Enforcement from the Peace Officers Association of Los Angeles County. This award was granted based on her development and implementation of a communication network used in support of the Maritime Coordination Center in Long Beach, CA. This system is utilized by over 50 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to share intelligence and coordinate response capabilities in an effort to secure and protect the Southern California Coastline.        

Ms. Wright has earned a Master of Arts degree in Security Studies from the Naval Post Graduate School for Homeland Security and Defense; and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Chapman University. Additionally, Ms. Wright has trained at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA and spent time training in Israel on counter terrorism measures, critical infrastructure protection and terrorism investigations.