New Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore Thursday publicly introduced Regina Scott as the first black woman to reach the rank of deputy chief at the LAPD.
“Regina embodies the spirit of the Los Angeles Police Department with a balance of determination, excellence and heart,” Moore said. “In her new role as deputy chief, she will undoubtedly continue that quality work with an emphasis on building bridges, creating health communities and fighting crime.”
Scott’s promotion was announced internally at the department last week, but publicly announced Thursday. She was previously the first black woman to become an LAPD commander.
Scott, a New Jersey native and grandmother, joined the LAPD in July 1987 after enlisting in the U.S. Army after high school. Her numerous positions within the LAPD include commanding officer of Information Technology. With her promotion, she will take over command of the department’s Central Bureau, which oversees Central, Central Traffic, Northeast, Rampart, Hollenbeck and Newton community police stations.
“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, those who dare to dream big. I want to thank Chief 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.”