Durham County

Essence magazine reports record number of black, female police chiefs in North Carolina

Durham's Chief of Police C.J. Davis
Durham's Chief of Police C.J. Davis

We’re living in a historic time for North Carolina law enforcement.

For the first time, the state of North Carolina has six female, African-American chiefs presiding over police departments, Essence magazine reports on its website.

The Durham Police Department operates under C. J. Davis.

Davis said via a written statement, “Policing in the 21st Century is a challenge. I commend the leadership and decision makers in the state of North Carolina for recognizing that it’s not about color or gender, but leadership and vision.”

Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown leads the Raleigh Police Department.

The Morrisville and Fayetteville police departments are headed by Patrice Andrews and Gina Hawkins, respectively.

Catrina Thompson is the chief of police in Winston-Salem and Patricia Norris is the director and chief of police for Winston-Salem State University's police force.

Four of the six recently sat down with WRAL's Lena Tillet to share their experiences. You can read more about that here and here.

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-Durham, was proud to announce that the news had made it into the nationally distributed magazine.

Colin Warren-Hicks: 919-419-6636, @CWarrenHicks