Six black women currently hold the title of police chief in North Carolina, marking the first time this has happened in state history!
In an interview with some of them they recounted how from the first day of police academy they quickly got a reality check that they would have to work twice as hard to get through because they were women. Deck-Brown’s class at the Raleigh Police Department had only four women, which she says was a record at the time.
“We’ve broken a glass ceiling,” Deck-Brown told WRAL’s Lena Tillett. “So, becoming chief, the honor is knowing that somebody else has that opportunity to get there.”
Black women have been among the fiercest leaders to call out racism in America, including Nakia Jones, a black police officer from Ohio who issued an impassioned plea in a viral video she made in response to the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling in Louisiana last year.
Watch the video of our fav chiefs here and get inspired.