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From The
Ground Up

The relationship between US law enforcement and the public has remained complicated for as long as we can remember. It is high time to instill changes from the ground up.

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James W. Buie

James W. Buie, Jr. (AKA “Chief”), son of James and Mary Buie, is a man wearing many hats. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he spent his teenage years and graduated from Bay Shore High School in Long Island, New York. He attended Belmont Abbey College, located in Belmont, North Carolina, and graduated with a degree in Political Science. “Chief” also received his Master’s Degree in Justice Administration from Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC. James and his wife Cassandra have five children and four grandchildren. Chief started his law enforcement career with the Gaston County Police Department in Gastonia, NC, while serving in almost every capacity from Patrolman to Chief of Police. He has been recognized as the first African-American Chief of Police in Gaston County’s history and retired in July 2015. The State of North Carolina credits him with 30.1 years of service.

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