Estella Patterson new Raleigh Police Chief

Changing of the Guard

In Buzz, July/August 2021 by Raleigh Magazine1 Comment

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Deputy Chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Estella Patterson takes the reins as Raleigh’s new police chief.

As Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown retires from the position after eight years, a promising veteran steps into the role. Estella Patterson, currently the deputy chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, will be Raleigh’s 30th police chief—and the city’s second female African American chief—effective Aug. 1. (Deputy Chief Todd Jordan will serve as interim chief in the meantime.) Patterson is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has served the CMPD since 1996, taking on several roles, including patrol officer, instructor, division commander, recruitment director and Internal Affairs commander. Her goal as Raleigh police chief is to advance 21st century policing ideals and strengthen the relationships between the police department and citizens and residents of the community. “Now more than ever, leadership matters; community connections matter; and I believe Estella Patterson is the right person for the job,” said City Manager Marchell Adams-David. Copy that.

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