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First Black woman promoted to LAPD Commander

9/9/2010, 5 p.m.

LOS ANGELES - Police Chief Charlie Beck announced a reorganization of the Los Angeles Police Department, as well as the promotion of several officers -- including the first black woman to be given the rank of commander.

Captain III Regina Scott's promotion will become effective Oct. 10. She will then become the assistant commanding officer of the LAPD's Information Technology Bureau.

Beck elevated two other captains to the rank of commander, and reassigned several officers, including changing the leadership of the Gang and Narcotics Division, Criminal Investigation Division, and Harbor Patrol.

Beck also decided to merge the Special Operations Bureau with the Counter Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau to create the Counter Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau.

The COMPSTAT unit, meanwhile, will merge with the Real-Time Analysis and Critical Response Division.