documents perspectives from a uniformed LAPD officer based out of the
West Valley Division for the majority of his career. This includes his daily work as a
police officer, and his engagement with significant moments in late 20th century Los Angeles
history, including the 1984 Olympics, the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and the 1994 Northridge
Iain McGregor Hamilton was born in Paisley, Scotland in 1950. His parents immigrated to the
United States and they settled in Burbank, California in 1953. After graduating from Verdugo
Hills High School in 1968, he attended Los Angeles Valley College for two years before
transferring to UCLA and graduating with a BA in Political Science, with an emphasis in
International Relations, in 1972. He later received an MA in Public Relations from
Pepperdine University and a second BA in history from California State University,
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