3 candidates vying for Raleigh Police chief take part in forum
RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – The three candidates vying for the next Raleigh Police Chief took part in a forum Thursday night. It was moderated by the cabinet hired by the city to carry out the research.
For two hours, the three finalists answered questions, trying to get their point across.
The first was Rob Lowe, the deputy superintendent of the Cambridge Police Department in Massachusetts.
“The police department was really trying to align the work they do with the city. I really enjoyed reading about the gun violence reduction plan and how it is aligned with the strategic plan, ”Lowe said.
Then there’s Darryl McSwain, he’s the police chief of Maryland National Capital Park.
“I won’t necessarily see this as just a job. But more importantly as a sacred trust, between me, the government, but also every citizen, ”said McSwain.
Finally, there is Estella Patterson. She is Deputy Chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
“We are in a time when the police are now where it is more important than ever that we start to rebuild relationships with the community. I have experience in this area, ”said Patterson.
They were asked about training officers, building morale, empowering officers, managing protests that turn violent, and building trust in communities.
“Until we resolve the issues of systemic racism in policing, we cannot move forward,” Lowe said.
“Go out into the community and let them know the extent of the real problem,” McSwain said.
“We shouldn’t just arrest an individual because their tag has expired or there is an inspection violation on their vehicle. We should be making road stops where there is a public safety concern, ”Patterson said.
After the forum, CBS 17 went to Rick Armstrong, who is the vice president of Teamsters Local 391, which represents the Raleigh Police, for reaction.
He didn’t have a favorite candidate. “Not at this time… We’re just evaluating them all,” Armstrong explained.
CBS 17 also spoke with Sheila Alamin-Khashoggi, she is the chair of the Police Advisory Board. She said Lowe was her favorite.
“He was very, very thorough in everything he said about roaming coming to Raleigh and visiting,” said Sheila Alamin-Khashoggi.
Raleigh’s city manager will decide who will be the next police chief. It is expected to be announced at the city council meeting on Tuesday, June 15.