Last Police Woman Retires From LAPD

July 10, 2000

Los Angeles – On Wednesday, July 12, 2000, the last of the Los Angeles Police Department’s "Police Women", Sally Barnes will retire after 31 and 1/2 years of service to the City of Los Angeles. Officer Barnes is the last LAPD officer to hold the title Police Woman. The designation was changed to Police Officer in 1974. Barnes was hired on February 24, 1969 and was one of only 150 Police Women at the time. There are now more than 1200 female officers on the LAPD. Her retirement marks the end of an era and witnesses the tremendous strides women have made on the LAPD in the last 30 years. She has served under six different Chiefs of Police and has worked in various capacities throughout the Department, including undercover assignments in Vice, Narcotics and patrol assignments in Central, West Valley and Van Nuys Area Community Police Stations. She is well known throughout the Devonshire Area where she has worked for the past 20 years.

Officer Barnes will be available for comments and photos on Wednesday, July 12, 2000 from 11:00 a.m. to Noon at Devonshire Area Community Police Station, 10250 Etiwanda Avenue, Northridge, Ca. 91325

For more information, please contact Sergeant Malinowski, Devonshire Area Community Police Station at 818-756-8285.

This media advisory was prepared by Officer Marlo Lopez del Haro, Media Relations Section.

For Release 11:30 am PDT
July 10, 2000