The Weekly Newspaper of Inglewood
Herald Publications - El Segundo, Hawthorne, Lawndale & Inglewood Community Newspapers Since 1911 - (310) 322-1830 - Vol. 70, No. 1 - January 7, 2021
Congratulations to Detective Mark Gordon on
His Retirement and Thirty Years of Service
Detective Gordon started his law enforcement career in 1990 as a Police Officer. He worked a variety of assignments including Field Training Officer, Anti-Crime Team, Bike Team and Detectives. Over the last 18 years, he dedicated time to the Detective Bureau working
in the following assignments: Real Estate Fraud, Burglary, Auto Theft, Arson Liaison, Assaults, Missing Persons and Juvenile Crimes. Detective Gordon was one of the original cadre members of the Centinela Youth Services Restorative Justice Program at the department.
Also, Detective Gordon played football for 7 years on the South Bay Blue Knights, a team made up of police officers from the South Bay Area. We would like to thank Detective Gordon for his years of service with the Inglewood Police Department and wish you all the best
in your retirement! Photo courtesy Inglewood Police Department.
“Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living.”
– Albert Einstein
Dr. Albertson from front page
“What would be ideal,” she says, “is if
they took someone experienced in domestic
violence to go out with them and help them
assess.” She goes on to say that it’s a case-bycase
basis; in an ideal world, a trained mental
health professional specializing in whatever
traumatic event occurred would accompany law
enforcement as they answer the call. However,
she understands that the police are under high
pressure right now and stresses that they do
not need or deserve criticism.
Albertson is very easy to talk to and very
personable. She says that her clients trust her,
respect her and that they work together. She
adds that if she gets a client who is belligerent
or not ready to do the work, she doesn’t keep
them in the group. This allows the group to be
vulnerable and open with each other, especially
the men, who she says are often confiding in
other men for the first time.
These days, due to the pandemic, all of her
sessions are remote, which she says has actually
helped her program greatly. “On Zoom,
they seem to feel safer and more confident,”
says Albertson, going on to say that group
members are more cohesive, willing to share,
and more supportive of each other. She hopes
to continue virtual sessions into the future. Her
son Ryan, also a certified domestic violence
counselor, along with his partner, Amy, help
her to run the administrative side of things.
“Dr. Mom,” as her son affectionately refers
to her, “is one of the most experienced domestic
violence experts in possibly the world. She
never stops,” he says.
Albertson hopes to continue working for as
long as she is able. She is committed to and
rewarded by her work with people, and her
greatest inspiration is her clients. “They are a
gift and a testimony to the human spirit’s ability
to heal and grow,” she says of her clients.
If you or someone you know If you or
someone you know might be in a situation
involving domestic abuse, you can call Options
Counseling and speak with Dr. Albertson for
more information at (310) 210-4383. She takes
phone calls all week and conducts two twohour
sessions back to back on group days. •
Dr. Albertson and son Ryan in home office.