LAPD's First Woman Deputy Chief, Peggy York, Passes Away at Age 80

LAPD's first woman deputy chief, Peggy York, has passed away at the age of 80.

A true pioneer in the LAPD community, Peggy took the post of deputy chief in 2000 paving the way for women that looked to pursue a career in law enforcement. She first joined the force in 1968.

A few months back, York was part of a panel, joined alongside other women officers. During that panel, York said:

"If you give it a chance, it'll be the best job you ever have."  

LAPD Chief Michael Moore released a statement in regards to Officer York's passing. He said:

"Deputy Chief York 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. This trailblazing woman will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, as well as those who have reaped the benefit of the seeds she sowed for the advancement and equitable treatment of women on this department."

York was married to Judge Lance Ito - the judge that presided over O.J. Simpson's murder case.

After working for the LAPD, Officer York would go on to work as the Chief of the LA County Police.

A cause of death has not been released yet and information on services for Officer York will be released at a later time.

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