We are excited to introduce SLO Police Chief Deanna Cantrell as one of the speakers at the Women’s March in San Luis Obispo. Deanna is a scholar of the U.S. constitution and an advocate for the protection of civil rights.

Deanna has been heavily involved in fostering positive relationships between law enforcement and the community she serves. She developed a deep-rooted history of community engagement and participation, serving on the NAACP Legal Redress Committee and the Muslim Police Advisory Board. She served as the chair of the diversity and peer support teams, and was the departments Subject Matter Expert for constitutional matters regarding search and seizure. She also served as the Chair of the Arizona Women’s Initiative Network (AZ-WIN) in order to increase the number of women in policing.

Deanna holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Education and a Masters of Administration from Northern Arizona University. She is a graduate of Northwestern University Police Staff and Command School and the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Policing Organizations course. Deanna is an adjunct faculty member for Northwestern University teaching policy and contemporary policing.

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