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Two Female Retired Police Sergeants Talk About Life in SDPD

October 12 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Dalana Pursel and Diane Wendell

Retired San Diego Police Sergeants

will speak and answer questions about life in the SDPD and police procedures

Saturday, October 12, 2019 3:00 p.m.
Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore
5943 Balboa Avenue, Suite 100, San Diego

Partners in Crime, the San Diego chapter of the national organization Sisters in Crime, welcomes Ocean Beach residents Dalana Pursel and Diane Wendell who retired from lengthy careers with the SDPD . We’ll have a Q&A format. Be sure to bring the questions you’ve always wanted to ask about policing and crime.
Dalana Pursel joined the SDPD in 1978 and worked in Patrol, Traffic, Recruiting, School Safety Patrol (elementary students), School Task Force (secondary students), Juvenile Investigations and Internal Affairs, retiring in 2008.  Most of her assignments were south of I-8. When she started there were less than 20 women in uniform, including two female sergeants (the highest ranking women) and only one female homicide detective, the first in California and perhaps the nation.

Diane Wendell started her career with two years in the LAPD before returning home to San Diego, spending 28 years with the SDPD.  She served with the old walking team Downtown and later worked primarily in patrol in the Mid-City Division as well as a Field Training Officer. She continues to teach defensive driving techniques at the Police Academy, including high and slow speed exercises and car pursuits. After her promotion to sergeant she served as Watch Commander and Staff Sergeant, working with the division captain to keep the command functioning smoothly.

Our program will start at 3 p.m. and wrap up by 4:30 p.m., offering plenty of time to browse and explore MG’s marvelous selection of books .



October 12
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Partners in Crime: The San Diego Chapter of Sisters in Crime


Mysterious Galaxy
5943 Balboa Avenue, Suite #100,
San Diego,CA92111United States
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