Chief Andrews retired from the Detroit Police Department as a Deputy Chief with over 25 years of dedicated public service being promoted through the ranks from police officer to Deputy Chief becoming the first female in the Department’s history to administer and control the police departments $400 million-dollar budget and $30 million dollars in state and federal grants.
As Commander, she oversaw the departments’ Personnel Division (human resources) which included recruiting and hiring police officers, overseeing the departments recruit and in-service training, preparing promotional examinations and assessment center evaluations for several thousand officers seeking promotion; and serving as the department’s Equal Employment Opportunity Director (EEOC) which included training and investigating claims of sexual harassment, workplace violence and hostile working environments.
As Deputy Chief, Brenda was the project and budget director for a new construction 62,000 square foot, $18-million-dollar Southwest Public Safety Center, which is shared today by police and the fire department. She also worked with the Department of Justice on the departments consent judgement and was chairperson for five extensive board of review reports on deadly force police involved shootings. She developed and taught several leadership programs for newly promoted sergeants and lieutenants.
Brenda is co-founder of the “Retired Detroit Police Members Association”, which was founded in 2014 to fight Detroit’s bankruptcy that adversely affected over 10,000 retirees and family survivors. She presented a workshop on Detroit’s bankruptcy at NOBLE’s annual conference in Grand Rapids and appeared on a panel at the annual Congressional Black Caucus conference in Washington, DC.
She received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and is a graduate of the 171st class of the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Brenda was appointed by eight NOBLE Presidents as National Civil Rights Committee chairperson from 2010-2018 and is currently the NOBLE National First Vice President. She is also a trainer for NOBLE’s “Law & Your Community” program and is a member of the Metro Detroit Chapter.
Brenda was appointed by Detroit City Council to serve as a Commissioner on the City of Detroit’s City Planning Commission and was elected as the 14th Congressional District Precinct Delegate. Brenda is also a licensed real estate professional in the state of Michigan. In her spare time, she enjoys home decorating, art collecting and sabre fencing. Brenda has received numerous awards and citations during her career, including the “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” award from the National Center for Women & Policing.