Westminster adds first woman to SWAT team


Westminster Police Department Detective Marcela Lopez approaches policing from a couple of different perspectives: first, as a woman, and second, as a person who came to police work after a 10-year stint in social work. Her history makes her decision to become a SWAT tactical officer, and the first female from Westminster to join the elite team, all the more interesting. “I’ve been on the Crisis Negotiation Team for about five years now,” she said of the unit that works with SWAT to diffuse situations before forced entry is required. As a former social worker with a personality and empathy…

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