#86: Karen Lynch, Retired Homicide Detective

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In this interview, I spoke with Karen Lynch, a 29-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department. We discussed what it was that drew her to a life in law enforcement, why the role of homicide detective was her “dream job,” and—very briefly—her perspective on the events unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri.

About Karen Lynch: Karen Lynch is a native San Franciscan. After graduating from UC Berekley, she joined the San Francisco Police Department in 1981. She lives in Novato with her husband and their three children, including Kyra, who was the subject of an essay that won the 2012 Notes & Words national essay contest.

Her memoir, Good Cop Bad Daughter, is the story of how growing up with a bi-polar mother trained Karen to be a cop.


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