Durham, NC Announces New Police Chief


Patrice Andrews, a former Durham Police Captain who has served as Chief of the Morrisville Police Department since 2016, will become the new Durham Police Chief.

Andrews was chosen from four finalists by City Manager Wanda Page.

She brings more than 25 years of law enforcement experience, most of which was spent with the Durham Police Department, the city said in a press release Monday.

“This is a looping moment for me during a pivotal time for our city and our police department,” Andrews said in a statement. “Durham is a vibrant and inclusive community with a rich civil rights history where everyone is welcome to live, work and play. I look forward to the future that we will create together.

Andrews began as a patroller with the city police department in 1997, according to the city. She became a district commander, then captain, overseeing units within the Criminal Investigation Division, including special victims, homicides, domestic violence and fraud.

She received her BSc in Criminal Justice from Central University of North Carolina and is a graduate of the National Academy of Federal Bureau of Investigation and the West Point Leadership Program at Methodist University.

In his statement on Monday, Andrews stressed that reducing violent crime, as well as improving officer recruitment, retention and morale, were major goals for the department.

Andrews replaces former Chief Cerelyn CJ Davis, who left Bull City in June to lead police in Memphis, Tennessee.

Andrews will begin on November 1.


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This story was originally published 11 October 2021 10:09 am.

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