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LUCY LAWFUL: The unusual beat of San Diego's first policewoman has La Jolla ties

LUCY LAWFUL: The unusual beat of San Diego's first policewoman has La Jolla ties

Lucy Jeardeau, San Diego’s first female police officer, is photographed in 1917 in uniform. COURTESY LA JOLLA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

“This is Lucy’s place,” says Laurnie Jackman Durisoe as she ascends the stairs to a beautiful oceanfront, three-bedroom, two-bath cottage on the grounds of the hotel she co-owns with her brother and mother, the Pantai Inn at 1003 Coast Blvd. “We lovingly restored it about five years ago.”

In 1917, Lucy Jeardeau became the first female San Diego police officer. At a time when women weren’t legally allowed to vote in U.S. elections, Lucy was given a badge and full arrest powers. (She wasn’t issued a gun, but was extended the services of...

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