Black in Blue by Carmen Best
Chief Carmen Best has spent the last 28 years as a member of a big-city police force, an institution where minorities and women have historically found it especially difficult to succeed. She defied the odds and became the first Black woman to lead the Seattle Police Department.
During her tenure, she was successful in bringing significantly more diversity to the force. However, when the city council cut her budget amid months of protests against police violence, she had no choice but to step aside. Without the city’s support, she felt she wouldn’t be able to continue changing the status quo of the police force from within.
Throughout her career, Chief Best has learned lessons that those coming up behind her can benefit from. In this book, she will use her story to share those urgent lessons. Readers will read about:
- How Chief Best grew up to believe in the change she set out to create.
- Her early days in the police force, including lessons from the academy and her time on patrol.
- How she progressed in her career within a primarily white law enforcement culture and the events that led to her becoming Chief.
- How she built her team and overcame the politics involved in her high-level position until the call for defunding came.