Celebrating the Pioneer Women of Los Angeles
Posted by Councilmember Englander on March 09, 2018 at 9:21 AM
March marks the beginning of Women's History Month. This is a time when we acknowledge the often overlooked accomplishments and contributions of women. I want to personally thank the many hard-working, talented women of my staff which I'm proud to say make up 50% of my office including the top positions of Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff. I am very aware of the fact that much of my success as your Councilmember is due to the dedication and professionalism of these individuals.
In Council, we also celebrated some very special women whose accomplishments merited recognition with the Pioneer Woman Awards. Each Council District selected one woman for the award. In Council District 12, we recognized the work and sacrifice of Officer Kristin Dimich.
Normally, after such a ceremony, this article would include a picture of Officer Dimich. However, her role with the Los Angeles Police Department includes undercover work which prevents me from sharing a photo of her online. And while I cannot share a photo of the event, I can tell you her story which is both remarkable and not uncommon among the female officers of LAPD.
Kristen Dimich was born and raised in the Los Angeles area with her younger brother. As the daughter of a Deputy District Attorney, she learned about law enforcement and the criminal justice system at an early age.
As a young adult, Kristen began working for the Los Angeles County Probation Department and quickly worked into the position of a counselor, primarily with those who were contemplating suicide. While working in this role, Kristen found great satisfaction in making a real difference in people’s lives. She knew, however, that she might be able to make a bigger difference in her community by becoming a law enforcement officer.
Kristen started the Los Angeles Police Academy on March 28, 2011. Her attitude towards her work and passion for the job made her a popular person around the station and someone who was a valued partner. Because of her positive attitude and her willingness to put forth maximum effort into any assignment, Kristen has been chosen to work a variety of assignments despite her short tenure on the job. Her reputation has allowed her to work the assignments that she is most passionate about.
Kristen has chosen to work those assignments that give her the ability to work hands-on with those who cannot defend themselves. She was such a standout while working with young prostitutes in the Devonshire Vice Section that she was selected to work the Valley Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force, where she was not only able to arrest and prosecute Human Trafficking suspects, but to remove the victims from their grasp and put them on a path to recovery. Through her work, Kristen earned an “E” award for Excellence in Public Safety.
Kristen’s current assignment is in Valley Bureau’s Homeless Outreach and Proactive Engagement (HOPE) unit, working exclusively in Council District 12. Working with the homeless has given her, once again, the opportunity to work hands-on with vulnerable people and truly make a positive difference in their lives. Drawing on her background of counseling, Kristen has the unique ability to convince people to take the help that is offered to put them on a path to get off the streets.
We are all incredibly lucky to have an officer with the character of Kristin Dimich serving the City of Los Angeles.
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