Durham Police Chief Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis has more than 32 years of dedicated service in the law enforcement profession. Prior to her appointment as Durham Chief of Police in 2016, she spent 30 years with the Atlanta Police Department where she rose through the ranks, and retired as Deputy Chief.
Chief Davis is a graduate of the 225th session of the National FBI Academy. She also completed senior management training at the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) in Boston, MA.
Chief Davis has experienced training opportunities abroad at the Emergency Preparedness College in York, England, and an exchange with the Israeli National Police. Recently Davis was selected by the U.S. Department of State to join a team of presenters in Budapest, Hungary as a guest instructor for their International Women in Policing Conference.
In August, 2019 Chief Davis was sworn-in as the 43rd President for the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). After serving the organization for more than 20 years, Davis’ priorities are to further initiatives outlined in the organization’s new strategic plan.
An advocate for the advancement of aspiring women in her field, Davis has used her experience and leadership acumen to leverage mentoring relationships for women in a variety of career fields. She has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in Public Administration.