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In 1909, Alice Stebbins Wells petitioned Mayor George Alexander and the City Council to establish a Los Angeles Policewoman, according to the LAPD website. On the first day of her appointment, Sept. 12, 1910, Wells was issued a telephone call box key, a book of rules, a first-aid book and a policeman's badge. She was eventually issued Policewoman's Badge Number One. Her first duties included the "suppression of unwholesome billboard displays, searches for missing persons and the maintenance of a general information bureau for women seeking advice on matters within the scope of police departments." 

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