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DeKalb Police Chief Cedric Anderson Discusses Lessons Learned From Ferguson

DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander in his office at headquarters in Tucker, Georgia.
DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander in his office at headquarters in Tucker, Georgia.
Credit Denis O'Hayer / WABE

DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander has a Ph.D. in psychology, and he is leader of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).  

President Barack Obama recently tapped Alexander to serve on the White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing, part of the administration’s efforts to “strengthen community policing and strengthen trust among law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.”

Chief Alexander was called to Ferguson, Missouri, soon after unrest erupted in response to Police Officer Darren Wilson’s shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. In a conversation with WABE’s Denis O’Hayer, Alexander shared his experiences and talked about the importance of maintaining strong relationships between police departments and the communities they serve.

Part one of Denis O'Hayer's Interview with DeKalb County Public Safety Director Cedric Alexander.

Many police departments are faring well, Chief Alexander said, and he expressed pride that DeKalb County’s communities remained calm and peaceful while public protests grew violent in many other cities across the country. 

 Attributing this to good communication between his department and community leaders, Alexander also talked about how these relationships can continue to be improved, in part two of his conversation with O’Hayer.

Part two of Denis O'Hayer's Conversation with DeKalb County Public Safety Director Cedric Alexander.