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Meredith Honors Law Enforcement Professionals

Nearly 50 local law enforcement professionals attended Meredith’s A Salute to Women in Law Enforcement on April 30, 2013. Hosted by Meredith’s criminology program, the event recognized and thanked those who work in all areas of law enforcement.

The event honored Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown, and gave special recognition to women officers. Deck-Brown, who was sworn in on February 22, 2013, is the first African American woman to serve as chief of the Raleigh Police Department. She is a 25-year veteran of the Raleigh Police Department.

“At Meredith we champion women in all roles — traditional and non-traditional,” said President Jo Allen, ’80. “In Chief Deck-Brown, our students have a role model.”

Allen was pleased to see men and women in law enforcement on campus for the event. “It is heartening to see so many men and women in law enforcement here today,” Allen said.

Representatives from all branches of law enforcement — policing, prosecution and corrections at federal, state and municipal levels — attended the event, including Chief Deck-Brown and Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison.

Deck-Brown said she was grateful for the support of “all those in this room, at all levels of law enforcement, and at Meredith College.”

She encouraged Meredith students interested in criminal justice to take advantage of this “up close and personal career fair.”

Meredith criminology students did just that, networking with the law enforcement professionals in attendance, and learning more about their careers. Many of the departments represented have hired Meredith students as interns in the past.

Sophomore Ann Michelle Roberts presented Deck-Brown with a framed print of Meredith’s Johnson Hall, on behalf of students in the Criminology program.

As one of the largest women’s colleges in the U.S., Meredith College is dedicated to supporting women in non-traditional careers, including law enforcement. In 2011, Meredith College became one of the few women’s colleges to offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminology.

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