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Regina Scott Becomes First Black Female LAPD Deputy Chief

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We all want to be upwardly mobile in every facet of our lives. Be it in our finances, education or as in the case of policewoman Regina Scott, our career.

Scott was recently promoted to be the Los Angeles Police Department deputy chief after a storied 31-year career that has seen her rise through the ranks on the basis of merit.

This promotion is historic as Scott is the first Black female officer to hold the high-rank position which would see her focus on helping to bridge the gap between the department and the communities it serves.

Department officials publically announced Scott’s promotion on July 12, emphasizing their faith in her ability to carry out that mission.

“I was able to appoint Regina Scott,” said newly appointed LAPD Chief Michel Moore in an interview with the Sentinel. “She was working in the information technology bureau of the organization and now with this promotion to central bureau, she will oversee the police operations within the downtown core, East L.A., northeastern part, rampart area of Los Angeles. The fortunate part with that appointment is this promotion actually represents a historic milestone for us. With Regina’s appointment, she is now the highest-ranking African American woman within LAPD. The first time in history that we have been able to do that and I am proud to see such a qualified capable individual take on that role.”

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Scott has always had a penchant for the uniform, law and order. Upon graduation, from high school, she joined the United States Army as a combat medic and pharmacy tech. A graduate of `West Point Leadership School and the 216th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, Scott also holds a degree in organizational management and criminal justice from Ashford University.

Before her recent promotion, Scott has held positions in all advance pay grades of the Detective and Lieutenant ranks, according to the LAPD.

In 2006, she was promoted to Captain I at Southwest where she was responsible for the
patrol functions of sworn and civilian personnel in an area of South Los Angeles. A year later, she was promoted to Captain II at Central Traffic Division and later reassigned to Gang and
Operations Support Division. During that time she was responsible for the oversight and coordination of the department’s Gangs Units, Los Angeles City/County Community Law Enforcement and Recovery (CLEAR) program, the Department’s Cal Gangs coordinator, Gun Detail, Foreign Prosecution, and Fugitive Warrants.

She first made history within the department in 2011 when she was appointed as the first female African American commander in its history.

On September 8, 2014, Scott was assigned as the assistant commanding officer of Operations-Valley Bureau, the largest bureau within the department. She was responsible for the Eastside of the San Fernando Valley which includes Foothill, Mission, Van Nuys and North Hollywood. She also had oversight of the Valley’s Gang and Narcotics.

“This promotion is more than just me, it is for those who paved the road before me… those who dare to dream big,” Scott told reporters upon her promotion.

“I want to thank Chief Moore for having the courage and insight for real change and reform.”

Source: LA Sentinel

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