The Sizzling Summer Speaker series of Sisters own Crime had the privilege of hosting Beatrice Girmala. Over a 37-year career she rose in the LA Police Department to be the Assistant Chief in charge of operations. What an unusual woman. Raised a catholic, she was the liaison for the LGBTQ community in LA. She worked in just about every sector of the police department. The one thing she emphasized was empathy. Despite the horrors that she and the other officers witnessed, she felt it imperative they continue to be sympathetic people.
One of the stories was about a young teenage girl who disappeared from Downtown LA. She was not the type to run away and her parents were desperate. Girmala and another officer used the K9 unit and their bloodhound. The dog traced the girl’s scent from a crowded LA street, along eight blocks and up the stairs to the entrance to an apartment. The dog sat on the doormat. Both the kidnapper and the girl were inside.
Another time she and a young officer investigated a sudden death at a residential home. The older man was lying in pajamas on the living room carpet and his wife was inconsolable. They tried to comfort her and she finally spoke. Her husband was one of the most dapper men alive and she said he couldn’t go out in his pajamas. Girmala and the other officer helped dress him in a suit and the wife made the Windsor knot of his tie.