“You can get information so much faster. You have access to departments all over the United States and even the world if you want to go that far. You get registrations on vehicles, (find out about) wanted persons, find out about outstanding warrants. It’s phenomenal,” she said. Millett started out as a clerk/matron, charged with writing crime reports and booking and looking after female prisoners in a department that had yet to hire a female officer. “I loved the action of being out in the field and going out on rape and abandoned children cases, and transporting females to downtown L.A. and the psychiatric ward,” she said. She said she’ll use her July 19 retirement party to say goodbye to all the officers she’s worked with over the years. “I’ve stayed in touch with a lot of former officers and I update them on deaths, what other officers are doing,” she said. “I like to keep them appraised of what’s going on. That’s kind of one of my hobbies, staying in touch with the old timers.” She will also miss the friends she’s made staffing the department’s front counter and dealing with the public. “That’s the part of the job I enjoy so much, helping people, being there for them,” she said.”I’ve made a lot of good friends through the years just through conversations at the front counter.” “If you can do something good for somebody, it makes you feel good. I think that’s what law enforcement is all about.” Monrovia police Chief Roger Johnson, who went to school with one of Millett’s sons, said she will be missed. “It’s tough for us to lose somebody who’s kind of an institution at the police department,” he said. “Jane has been a great resource to our department for many years. I mean 50 years, who can imagine that anybody would last 50 years anywhere, let alone in law enforcement. “It’s going to be both an exciting day when we celebrate her retirement and a sad day, all at the same time,” he said. Millett is married to Tom Millett, a retired El Monte police officer and former El Monte city councilman. She has two sons from a previous marriage, a son with Millett, and three grandchildren. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONROVIA – When Jane Millett started work at the Monrovia Police Department in May 1957, staffers used Teletype machines, typewriters, carbon paper and erasers. Gasoline was around to clean suspects’ hands after fingerprinting them. Fifty years and six police chiefs later, Millett will retire this month in an era of computers, fax machines, copiers/sorters and instant worldwide communications. “Computers have made a big difference,” said Millett, 73, who was born and raised in Monrovia and now lives in Glendora.