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Raleigh Chief of Police and ECU alumni Cassandra Deck-Brown speaks to students at the Rivers Building on the campus of ECU on Monday afternoon. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)
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Raleigh Chief of Police and ECU alumni Cassandra Deck-Brown speaks to students at the Rivers Building on the campus of ECU on Monday afternoon. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

Raleigh chief returns to ECU

By Katherine Ayers

The Daily Reflector

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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.”

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