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LAPD Names Woman to Command Division

For the first time in the Los Angeles Police Department’s history, a woman has been named to command a division.

Janice Carlson, a 25-year veteran of the department, officially took over operations at the LAPD’s Pacific Division Wednesday, replacing Capt. John Wilbanks, who retired last month, according to a department statement.

Carlson’s service includes command assignments at the Narcotics Division and the Internal Affairs Division. She also has been the Patrol Division Commanding Officer at the Pacific Station.


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