Commander Regina Ann Scott is now assigned to Operations Valley Bureau to replace former Commander Sharon Pappas, who is now Chief Pappas of the Huntington Beach Police Department.
Commander Scott born and raised in Orange, New Jersey joined the United States Army after high school as a combat medic and pharmacy technician. Honorably Dis- charged at the rank of E-5 and then served an additional two years in the Army Reserves. She still continues to show her support for military veterans by volunteering her time with New Directions, which is an organization to help homeless veterans.
Commander Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management/Criminal Justice from Ashford University and she is also a graduate of West Point Leadership School, and the 216th Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, in Quantico, Virginia.
Commander Scott was appointed to the LAPD in July 1987. She has held numerous positions and worked various assignments within the Department as a Police Officer, Field Training Officer, Senior Lead Officer and Sergeant, plus all advance pay grades in the Detective and Lieutenant ranks.
On April 16, 2006, Commander Scott was promoted to Patrol Captain 1 at Southwest Div. where she was responsible for the patrol functions of sworn and civilian personnel in South Los Angeles. That area includes historic venues such as the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Sports Arena, Shrine Auditorium, the University of Southern California, and Baldwin Hills Shopping Areas.
Commander Scott was promoted to Captain II Central Traffic Division in May of 2007, and later and reassigned to Gang and Operations Support Division. In this assignment, she was responsible for oversight and coordination of the Department’s Gangs Units, Los Angeles City/County Community Law Enforcement and Recovery (CLEAR) program, the Department’s Cal Gangs coordinator, Gun Detail, Foreign Prosecution, and Fugitive Warrants.
In March 2009, Commander Scott was promoted to Captain III and assigned to Communications Division, which is the largest division of the Department with 570 sworn and civilian personnel and includes both the Metropolitan and Valley Dispatch Centers.
Scott became the first female African American appointed to the rank of Commander in the Department’s history on October 10, 2010. She was assigned as the Assistant Commanding Officer of Information Technology Bureau. In September 2013, Commander Scott was reassigned as the Assistant Commanding Officer of Operations-Valley Bureau.
Commander Scott is the mother of two adult children and a grandmother of two grandchildren. Her daughter is currently serving in the United States Air Force and her son is a Longshoreman working from the San Pedro Harbor. In her spare time, Commander Scott enjoys playing golf and playing blues on her guitar.