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Raleigh police chief candidates talk challenges, leadership styles

Posted January 24, 2013
Updated January 25, 2013

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— The three candidates vying for Raleigh's top cop position participated in a public interview of sorts Thursday night.

Raleigh's Interim Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown, Chief Bryan Norwood of Richmond, Va.,  and Deputy Chief Malik Aziz of Dallas, Texas, fielded questions from City Manager Russell Allen during a public forum at the Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex on West Hargett Street.

They addressed the challenges facing police officers, including changing technologies, tight budgets and gang problems.

"The emergence of gangs are wreaking havoc on our neighborhoods," Aziz said. 

Deck-Brown said Raleigh faces additional challenges because of its growing population and juvenile crime.

"In the last few months, we have seen an increase in youth-based offenses, and they are violent offenses," she said.

Norwood said leading the Raleigh Police Department would come down to community policing and bringing fairness, accountability and commitment to the role of chief. 

"It all comes back to listening to people – what they need and want – and working together," he said. "We have to go back to honesty. People have to believe in the chief of police."

Deck-Brown said she would lead with integrity, accountability and commitment – "coming to work everyday with a desire to make someone's life better."

Aziz said it's all about openness, teamwork and good leadership, adding that police chiefs should have a  long-term plan.

"Where are we going one year, five years, 10 years from now?" he said.

Allen asked the audience to leave their thoughts on comment cards, which he promised to read and consider. He will ultimately hire the next police chief and plans to have a decision in the coming weeks.

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  • NCHighlander Jan 25, 6:43 p.m.

    Where's the diversity amongst these candidates?

    Diversity takes a back seat when qualifications are needed. In this case the most qualified don't fit the usual mold. Cassey Brown is the career winner. It works both ways.

  • working for deadbeats Jan 25, 2:28 p.m.

    Deck-Brown is the best choice. The guy from Richmond would be a disaster.

  • snossg1 Jan 25, 1:09 p.m.

    I met the interum chief recently and was very impressed. She is not flashy, she is just sincere and good.

  • Barfly Jan 25, 12:58 p.m.

    Where's the diversity amongst these candidates?

  • Lady Justice Jan 25, 11:45 a.m.

    "I know of at least one current chief from an NC agency that for some reason was weeded out. His officers work hard for him and he has the support of many, many folks."
    RPD07

    He probably did not supervise enough people. I heard a rumor that they added a qualification that the person must have supervised some really high number of people, which eliminated anyone from RPD from applying except Deck-Brown (because she was Asst. Chief and acting Chief). I don't know if it is true - just what I heard. Maybe somebody else knows for sure.

  • mojridingrb Jan 25, 11:32 a.m.

    Hire the one with the most experience in all facets of police work and not someone that has limited experience in certain areas of police work.

  • Relic Jan 25, 11:13 a.m.

    You know. I was going to comment on this but...why bother? All three said the exact same thing in the same generic terms. Good luck RPD, you may need it.

  • Walkin Man Jan 25, 10:38 a.m.

    Thanks cantbtaught - exactly!!!

  • Pac-Man Jan 25, 10:36 a.m.

    RPD 07,

    The story might be jucier for Ms Lamb when it's too late for us. History has a way of repeating itself. I just hope the citizens voice their opinions and see that someone with intimate knowledge of the city should always supersede some who came here for a weekend.

  • determined2win Jan 25, 10:12 a.m.

    ...it's closer to 3 hours to get to Richmond.

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