Deck-Brown has worked for the Raleigh Police Department for what will be twenty-seven years in August 2014. When asked about her professional background, Raleigh's top cop said that prior experience has afforded her the opportunity to prepare for her current role. 'I interfaced with staff and other colleagues. I had mentors along the way,' she explained. 'I also had support -- both internal and external helps. A combination of different things have prepared me for this step. Having confidence helps, too.'

Deck-Brown's approach to leadership begins with a fundamental element. 'Confidence, not to be confused with arrogance, comes first,' she said. 'Working with my bosses the city managers helps. I partner with them for the greater good,' she said. Deck-Brown noted the city's size (Raleigh is the second largest city in North Carolina and the forty-second largest city in the United States, according to www.togetherweteach.com and Wikipedia.com, respectively). 'We partner with other groups, too, such as faith-based communities and educational organizations.'

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