Did Cassandra Deck-Brown believe she would ascend to the role of Chief when she first joined the Raleigh Police Department in 1987? Not necessarily. But she certainly didn't rule out that possibility, a show of confidence she flashed in her first interview to join the department. In 2013 she became the first Black woman to attain the role of Raleigh Police Chief, yet another in a long line of trailblazing positions she assumed within the department.
Of course, 2020 has been a year like no other starting with a pandemic that altered every police operation and continuing with protests that have made for some tense moments in several cities across the country, including Raleigh. We talked to Chief Deck-Brown not only about 2020, but growing up in Franklin County, what makes a good police chief, the sheer size and scope of the department, her spirituality, and much more.
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