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Regina Scott becomes LAPD’s first black women deputy chief

Wave Staff and Wire Reports

EXPOSITION PARK — A who’s who of Los Angeles City Hall, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles black community gathered at the California African American Museum Aug. 17 to meet the first black woman promoted to the rank of deputy chief of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Deputy Chief Regina Scott, formerly commander of the Office of Information Technology Bureau, has served in various positions in all bureaus of the LAPD, which she joined in July 1987.

She is used to being a trailblazer in the LAPD, as she also was the first black woman to be promoted to the rank of commander.

In her most recent post, she headed up “the design, development and ongoing innovation of the department’s automated computer systems,” according to an LAPD news release.

“Regina embodies the spirit of the Los Angeles Police Department with a balance of determination, excellence and heart,” LAPD Chief Michel Moore said. “In her new role as deputy chief, she will undoubtedly continue that quality work with an emphasis on building bridges, creating healthy communities and fighting crime.”

As deputy chief, Scott will be in command of Operations-Central Bureau, which is made up of the Central, Northeast, Rampart, Hollenbeck and Newton stations as well as the Central Traffic Division — a 65-square-mile area with 900,000 residents that the LAPD described as “the most ethnically and culturally diverse in the city.”

Scott, a New Jersey native who joined the U.S. Army after high school, has a daughter currently in the U.S. Air Force and a son who works for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. She also has three grandchildren, is a golfer and enjoys playing blues guitar.

“I am both honored and humbled by this historic promotion,” Scott said. “This promotion is more than just me, it is for those who paved the road before me and those who dare to dream big.”

She thanked Moore “for having the courage and insight for real change and reform.”

“I am ready to help build trust and help bridge the gap between the police and communities we serve.”