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LAPD Northeast Division’s New Name Honors Pioneering Female Officer

Updated: Nov 30, 2022

Photo Courtesy Lance Ito

On October 28, the Los Angeles Police Department changed the name of the Northeast

Division to the Margaret “Peggy” York Division in honor of the first female who was

appointed deputy chief. When Deputy Chief York joined the LAPD in 1968, the force had

just desegregated its force by race and ethnicity, but female and male officers were still

segregated until years later.

Deputy Chief York passed away at age 80 in 2021, but her glass ceiling legacy lives on.

As the Los Angeles Times reported, “The story of Margaret “Peggy” York’s

groundbreaking career with the Los Angeles Police Department reads like the script for a

TV show. In fact, it was the basis for the hit 1980s show “Cagney & Lacey,” which

depicted one of York’s many firsts as half of a female homicide investigative team.”

LAPD Chief Moore said, “Deputy Chief Margaret ‘Peggy’ York was a consummate

professional. She joined policing at a time when women were faced with seemingly

insurmountable obstacles. As a pioneer, she demonstrated true grit and utilized her talents

to ascend to the highest ranks within the Department. Along the way, she touched many

lives and it was truly an honor to have worked alongside such a humble leader. Her

tenacity and spirit continue to inspire future generations of women joining our ranks.”

Read the LAPD article on Deputy Chief York here.

Read the LA Times article here.

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