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LAPD appoints first black woman deputy chief

HISTORIC: REGINA SCOTT is the first black woman to become deputy chief in the LAPD (Image: Essence)

THE LOS Angeles Police Department has appointed a black woman as a deputy chief for the first time.

Regina Scott is the first African-American woman to reach the rank in history.

“I am both honoured and humbled by this historic promotion,” Scott said when the news was announced last month.

Michel Moore, the LAPD chief, told abc7.com: "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 healthy communities and fighting crime."

In her role as deputy chief Scott will be responsible for command of the Operations Central Bureau.

More than 900,000 of the most culturally diverse residents in LA live in the area covered by Operations Central Bureau, according to abc7.com.

Scott was also the first black woman to reach the rank of commander in the department. She has also served in the US Army.

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