RPPA Critical of Special Security Detail Provided To RPD Chief
Posted On: Apr 30, 2020
The Raleigh Police Protective Association filed a public information request to the City of Raleigh on April 29 concerning the 24-hour/7-day-a-week uniform patrol security detail provided at the private residence of Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown. The service has been provided at taxpayer expense for the last 51 days.
“We find this concerning because this unusual security service is an atypical use of city and police resources,” said Raleigh Police Protective Association spokesperson Rick Armstrong. “Private citizens and business owners requesting around-the-clock security would be required to hire off-duty police at $35 per hour or a private security service. Why is Chief Deck-Brown treated differently than Raleigh citizens or Raleigh police officers?”
Armstrong also points out that Raleigh police officers who have received threats in the past were not given long-term protection afforded to Chief Deck-Brown.
“Raleigh police officers are being re-assigned from other parts of the city to fulfill this assignment at a private residence,” said Armstrong. “RPPA feels this special treatment compromises public safety, drains financial resources, and warrants a discussion by the Raleigh City Council to approve and budget the program’s existence.”
The Raleigh Police Protective Association is the law enforcement division of Teamsters Local 391. Rick Armstrong, a former Raleigh police officer, is the Vice President of Local 391.