our communities central bureau central bureau news
 
BUREAU INFO
251 E. 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
213-485-3101

9-1-1
(Voice and TDD/TTY)
For Life-Threatening Emergencies Only

Non-Emergency Crime Reporting & Hotlines
For Terrorist Threats
1-877-A-THREAT
(1-877-284-7328)
 
1-877-ASK-LAPD
(1-877-275-5273)
(Voice and TDD/TTY)
For Non-Emergency Police Response
 

About Central Bureau

Central Bureau Goals

Central Bureau Community Police Stations

CB Community Police Academy for Adults

Central Bureau Map

 
STAY INFORMED
 
HOME
 
CRIME MAPPING
 
EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION
 
E-POLICING
 
JOIN THE TEAM
 
LAPD BLOG
 
LAPD EQUIPMENT
 
LAPD SPORTS
 
LAPD TV
 
NEWSROOM
 
OUR COMMUNITIES
 
POLICE COMMISSION
 
REPORT A CRIME
 
SOLVE A CRIME
 
SPECIAL ASSISTANT FOR CONSTITUTIONAL POLICING
 
SUPPORT LAPD
 
TRAFFIC
 
INSIDE THE LAPD

 
 
 
GET INFORMED
 
Alarm School
 
Contact Us
 
Crime Mapping and COMPSTAT
 
Crime Prevention
 
Domestic Violence
 
FAQs
 
For Your Family
 
Gang Injunctions
 
I Want to Know
 
LAPD General Fund Contracts
 
LAPD Adult Missing Persons Unit
 
Most Wanted
 
Read the Beat Magazine
 
Social Media
 
Sworn and Civilian Report
 
Trademark
 
Year in Review
 
Youth Programs

 

Disclaimer:
The LAPDonline.org® website has made reasonable efforts to provide an accurate translation. However, no automated or computerized translation is perfect and is not intended to replace human or traditional translation methods. The official text is the English version of the LAPDonline.org® website. If any questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information presented by the translated version of the website, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version.

 

News Release
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Media Relations
   
   
Death of First LAPD Latina Police Woman NR14111rf

Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles Police Department extends its condolences for the passing of Josephine Serrano Collier, the first Latina police woman.

Prior to joining LAPD, like many World War II era women, Josephine Serrano, as she was known at the time, was part of the country’s war efforts and worked for the Lockheed Corporation to help produce the P-38 Ventura fighter plane.  After the war, she was forced to relinquish her job to returning servicemen.

On the advice of a friend, against her cultural traditions and family wishes, Josephine applied for one of the Department’s early groups of police women recruits.  Out of 200 applicants, she was one of only nine to be hired and became a full-fledged LAPD officer on Oct. 1, 1946, at the age of 24.  Though she faced many challenges because of her gender, ethnicity and prevailing cultural issues within the Department, Josephine worked many assignments, including foot beats, vice, bunco, juvenile and the Lincoln Heights Jail.  Her divisions included Hollenbeck and Central.

While serving in the Department, Josephine became Josephine Serrano Collier when she married fellow Officer Darwin “Jack” Collier.  She raised three children: Suzanne, John Lee and David Scott and retired on Oct. 24, 1960 due to a back injury.  After retirement, she worked briefly as a counselor for the L.A. Job Corp.  When her husband retired, the couple moved to Idaho and took up cattle raising along the Snake River. Later, Josephine settled in Tucson, Ariz., where she passed away Feb. 25, 2014.

Chief Charlie Beck extends a heartfelt “thank you” to the Serrano Collier families for allowing Josephine to be part of the LAPD.  “In great sadness but with the utmost gratitude, our Department thanks Josephine for her sacrifices and for breaking the lines that divided women from many assignments in the early history of LAPD,” said Chief Beck. “Those sacrifices and her commitment opened the door for many women and Latinas in the Department, setting the stage for future generations.”

“The path for my success and other women of the LAPD is paved with the courage of Josephine Serrano and others like her,” said Assistant Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur, Office of Administrative Services.  “This Department will be forever grateful.”

The Los Angeles Police Department extends our deepest sympathy to the friends and family of Josephine Serrano Collier and thanks her for dedication, service and commitment to our great Department.


     
 Follow @LAPDHQ  LAPD on Facebook
 Follow @lapolicefdtn
 
contact us  /  terms & conditions  /  los angeles police foundation
 
+ Powered By Radar Blue | © 2014 City of Los Angeles
 
Los Angeles Police Foundation Los Angeles Police Foundation