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March 23, 1995 | ISAAC GUZMAN
As part of its drive to recruit female officers, the Los Angeles Police Department will host a Community Expo on Saturday in Sun Valley. "Our goal is to reach the gender balance we are seeking in our community," said Officer Leticia Dotson at a news conference Wednesday. "We are seeking qualified women. It's a major task ahead of us." Dotson said she joined the force nine years ago, after listening to her husband describe the Police Academy. "I thought, 'Gosh, I can do that,' " she recalled.
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March 29, 1994 | JON NALICK
A police officer has won recognition as Woman of the Year from State Assemblyman Tom Umberg (D-Garden Grove). Umberg named Santa Ana Police Sgt. Irma Vasquez as Woman of the Year for the 69th Assembly District for her service and dedication to the community, he said. "She is an excellent role model both for her colleagues in the Police Department and the many individuals . . . within the community," Umberg said.
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April 26, 1996 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court jury awarded a former Los Angeles Police Department officer $2.3 million Thursday, a week after finding that the LAPD discriminated against her when she sought to join the SWAT unit and then retaliated against her when she sued the department. Nina Damianakes, 36, who joined the department in 1983, decided she wanted to be a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics team when members of the unit visited her class at the Police Academy.
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December 15, 1994 | DEBRA CANO
Janet Perez--the Police Department's only female sergeant and one of just five women officers on the 230-member force--believes more women are needed in law enforcement because they bring a different perspective to the job. "I would love to see more women here, and in police work in general," said Perez, one of 30 sergeants in the department. "Right now, there's so few of us that it's difficult to get that mixed perspective," Police Chief Ronald E.
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May 30, 1997 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County sheriff's lieutenant who claims that a top department official subjected her to sexual harassment is among 10 police officers in the county being honored next month for outstanding service. Lt. Wendy Costello is set to receive an award from the Society of Industrial Security, an association of police officers and security guard companies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1994 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Members of the Los Angeles Police Commission, eager to push the LAPD toward hiring more women but reluctant to create legal troubles for the city, approved a statement Tuesday that attempts to forge a compromise on the politically volatile issue.
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March 10, 1997 | JANET WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shirley Peters has done almost everything in her two decades as a police officer in a small city in Oregon, from interviewing young children who were victims of horrific sexual abuse to practicing community policing before it was a phrase. But she came to Orange County this weekend to learn from the bigwigs how to get one thing she lacks after 22 years on the Medford force--a promotion. Peters, 44, was among 400 women officers of every rank and stripe from across the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1997
The Los Angeles Police Department's chief spokesman--accused of referring to a female officer as "babe"--testified Friday that he does not recall ever making the comment to the officer but acknowledged he has used the word "on occasion." Cmdr. Tim McBride is appealing a five-day suspension for allegedly making an improper remark to Officer Mary Elizabeth Hatter in August 1995. A three-member panel hearing his appeal is expected to rule on the matter Monday.
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February 2, 1994 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Members of the Los Angeles Police Commission, eager to push the LAPD toward hiring more women but reluctant to create legal troubles for the city, approved a statement Tuesday that attempts to forge a compromise on the politically volatile issue.
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September 18, 2000 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the Los Angeles City Council deliberates over reforming the Police Department, a new study to be released today shows huge disparities in the cost of misconduct cases involving male and female officers. Male police officers, who make up the vast majority of the Los Angeles Police Department, cost the city $63.4 million from 1990 to 1999 in payouts for lawsuits involving excessive force, sexual assault and domestic violence. During the same period, women accounted for $2.
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