|Raleigh Chief of Police Cassandra Deck-Brown|
The Department of Criminal Justice at North Carolina Central University will hold it Ninth Annual Alumni Recognition and Scholarship banquet on Saturday, March 2, at the Radisson Hotel in Research Triangle Park.
The keynote speaker will be Tony Russell, superintendent of FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute, which trains and educates emergency managers at all levels and from all jurisdictions throughout the country. Russell oversaw recovery efforts in New Orleans after the devastation of hurricane Katrina in 2009 and is EMI’s first superintendent of African descent.
Cassandra Deck-Brown, recently named police chief in Raleigh, will be presented with the 2013 Department Chair’s Award. Deck-Brown said she made up her mind to be a police officer as a young girl when she saw a black policewoman. She said she was inspired by a quotation from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.: “I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.”
Six students will receive scholarship awards at the banquet, and criminal justice alumni will be recognized for excellence in law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice and loss prevention.
The banquet is open to the public. Tickets are on sale now. Contact Catherine Parrott at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-530-6280 for tickets or additional information.