New Durham police chief sworn in at Carolina Theatre

(Derrick Lewis/CBS North Carolina)


DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Dozens were on hand Friday to see Durham’s new police chief be sworn in at the Carolina Theatre.

Cerelyn Davis was sworn in by Judge Elaine O’Neal. She will begin her role as chief Monday.

“It is truly amazing to be here tonight to officially take on this critically important role as the new chief of police, here, in the City of Durham” Davis said.

During the ceremony, Davis spoke about the challenges ahead and stressed the importance of police working with the community.

“We as police officials must use our positive influence to redirect our young people away from incarceration and down paths of hope and success,” Davis said.

Several Durham community leaders also spoke at the event.

Davis replaces former chief Jose Lopez, who was forced to retire last year.

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