By Katherine Ayers
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The first black female chief of the Raleigh Police Department returned to her alma mater to visit with students and staff Monday.
Cassandra Deck-Brown, a 1987 graduate of East Carolina University, was promoted from deputy chief on Feb. 1 after a nationwide search. She spoke to students in a Race, Gender and Special Populations in Criminal Justice class during her visit to campus.
“When folks are placed in situations which are heated, that’s when intolerances can surface,” she said to the class. “You’ve got to be able to put your emotions on hold.”
Deck-Brown said diversity comes in many forms, and police must be trained to handle all situations professionally no matter their personal feelings.
“Regardless of who you encounter, you must give them dignity and respect,” she said. “It can’t be about color, creed or nationality; it’s got to be about humanity.
“Why do you want to serve humanity?”
Deck-Brown said she is revising the way in which the department recruits police officer candidates to increase the diversity on her staff. She noted that one of the most recent graduating classes had about 30 officers of which one was a white female, one was a Korean male, and the rest were white men.
Although she said that more white men apply to the department than other groups, she intends to be more “strategic” about recruiting women and minorities.
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via The Daily Reflector.