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Also the First U.S. African American police officer was a Los Angeles police officer.
The LAPD were the first Police Department to use helicopters. LAPD also boasts the largest rooftop helipad and the largest municipal police air support operation.
the first to have a Special Weapons And Tactics team.
the first to have a VICE unit and an anti-gang unit.
the first proactive Police Department.
the first law enforcement agency to outlaw gambling and prostitution.
with the School District Police they formed an Int'l anti-drug program named the DARE program.
had the first vehicle two-way police radio.
are the basis in which most of law enforcement agencies in California design a badge, police car, uniform, or anything after.
most modern police tactics and tools were first tested or designed by the LAPD.
they have been called the best dressed police department.
The world famous Los Angeles Police Academy at Elysian Park, near Dodger Stadium, has a sign at the entrance proclaiming "Only the world's finest police officers may pass through these steps."
They have the first and only round the clock surveillance and deterrence for hardened and repeat felonly convicted criminals with the sole purpose of discrete suppression of gratuitous violence and mayhem utilized by a sub-group of detectives working under official departmental policy. The LAPD's Special Investigations Section [SIS] (radio call sign 5-King-90) was established in 1967 and continues to operate today as a last-stop checkpoint for unruly, repeat felony offending criminals in Los Angeles. Although plagued by controversial shootings and repeated criticism by the public, the SIS continue to serve as a discreet security blanket against the most hardened of criminals in LA County. With an operating force of about 20-30 detectives (all rumored to be picked out from Robbery-Homicide Bureaus throughout the city and within the Metropolitan Division) headquartered out of the Metropolitan Division's Parker Center, there is still much unknown about the activities of these officers despite how the media fictionally portrays them.
"In 1986, Officer Stephanie Lazarus killed her boyfriend's ex-wife." (quote is from current article)
Is this correct? Elsewhere it says Rasmussen was the wife of Lazarus's exboyfriend.188.8.131.52 (talk) 06:07, 13 November 2013 (UTC)