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Estella Patterson will be Raleigh’s next police chief

Updated June 17: Estella Patterson, selected from 3 top candidates, will be Raleigh’s next police chief. [News & Observer]

Previously: The top three candidates to lead the Raleigh Police Department were announced Wednesday.

The candidates will participate in a virtual candidates forum at 6 p.m. Thursday.

View the forum on the City of Raleigh YouTube channel, raleighnc.gov, or RTN TV11. Spanish interpretation available here.

Questions from the public were received in advance. (Sign up for our newsletter to get actionable reminders like this!)

The candidates are, according to the city release and in alphabetical order:

Robert Lowe:

Currently the Deputy Superintendent of the Cambridge, Mass., Police Department.

Experience includes: 20 years of service with the Cambridge Police Department.

His current role oversees officers and staff who “provide services to vulnerable populations.”

He is also a licensed attorney, graduate of the FBI National Academy and former Marine.

Of note: He’s a current doctoral student at New York University “focusing on implicit bias in policing.”

Darryl W. McSwain:

Currently the Chief of Police
Maryland-National Capital Park Police.

Experience includes: A 30-year career with the Montgomery County Department of Police including leading the Field Services Bureau. He retired as an Assistant Chief.

“His previous executive assignments include Deputy Commander of the 3rd District, Director of Internal Affairs, Commander of the 1st District Station, Director of Special Operations, and the Asst. Chief of the Patrol Services Bureau.”

Of note: He completed the Major Cities Chiefs Association Police Executive Leadership Institute.

Estella D. Patterson:

Currently the Deputy Chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Experience includes: She has served with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department since 1996, including as “patrol officer, instructor, division commander, recruitment director and Internal Affairs commander.”

She is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and received a masters degree in criminal justice from the University of Oklahoma.

Of note: She is currently the President of the Greater Charlotte Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, is an executive board member of the N.C. Police Executives Association and is a Commissioner on the N.C. Education and Training Standards Commission, “which regulates the training, certification and policy making for all police officers in the state of North Carolina.”

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Sarah Day Owen Wiskirchen is the editor of Raleigh Convergence.

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