Cerelyn “CJ” Davis, Durham’s first African-American female police chief, joins the University Scholars for a USP Seminar on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. A 30-year law enforcement veteran, Davis became chief of police of the Durham Police Department on June 6, 2016. Chief Davis comes to Durham from the Atlanta Police Department, where she most recently served as deputy police chief. She has served in many varied assignments during her career with the Atlanta Police Department and was named Supervisor of the Year in 1998.
Chief Davis has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University, a master’s degree in General Administration from Central Michigan University and is currently a Northcentral University doctoral candidate in Business Administration. She is a graduate of many leadership programs including the 225th session of the FBI National Academy, PERF/Senior Management Institute for Police, Leadership Atlanta, Mercer University Public Safety Institute, Emergency Preparedness College, Anti-Defamation League and Advanced Leadership School.
Davis currently sits as a national board member and officer of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), and has served as Legislative Liaison for the Atlanta Police Department and the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP).