February 13, 2024

For Black History Month, Hahn Honors Sgt. Nikki Alexander, First Black Woman Sergeant in History of Long Beach Police Department

Los Angeles, CA – This morning, LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn honored Sergeant Nikki Alexander of the Long Beach Police Department, who made history as the first Black woman to be promoted to the rank of sergeant in the 135-year history of the department. Hahn and Alexander were joined by LBPD Commander Shalena Benson during the brief ceremony in the Board Room of the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration.

“Sergeant Alexander has not only blazed a trail for women in law enforcement, but she has also turned around and helped lead and mentor future leaders in fields that have not traditionally welcomed them,” said Hahn. “I’m grateful for her service to our communities both in and out of uniform.”

Alexander began her career in law enforcement 21 years ago and was promoted to sergeant in 2022. The Long Beach Police Department is the second largest municipal police agency in Los Angeles County.

“I want to say thank you to Supervisor Hahn for this award and for honoring me. I appreciate you recognizing all of my hard work. I also want to recognize my colleagues who are here with me—thank you for your support, as well,” said Alexander during the ceremony.

In addition to her service on the Long Beach Police Department, Alexander volunteers her time to help young people. She mentors middle and high school girls in financial literacy, college preparation, volunteerism, and leadership and serves on the Board of the Health, Education, Arts & Science (H.E.A.S.) Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides STEAM education and other educational opportunities to minority youth.

Footage of the ceremony is available for download here.

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