Ministers Conference honors assistant police chief

Ministers Conference honors assistant police chief
November 25
00:00 2015

By Tevin Stinson

The Chronicle

In honor of nearly 30 years of devoted service, The Ministers Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity recently awarded Assistant Chief Connie Southern with a community service award.

During a ceremony held at the Winston-Salem Police Department, President Bishop Todd Fulton said he felt it was important to honor Southern because of the presence she has built in the community over the years.

“On multiple occasions Chief Southern has sat down with the Ministers Conference and she has always been open to what we’ve had to say,” he continued. “She has been very transparent and open with us.”

Fulton recalls as a member of the patrol unit, Southern volunteered to work in the eastern and southern portions of the city. Both areas are known to have a higher crime rate than others.

“Unlike most officers who are selected, Assistant Chief Southern volunteered to work in the East Winston area. I think that says a lot about what type of person she is,” Fulton said.

When asked why she volunteered to work in those areas, Southern mentioned she enjoys a challenge and working with citizens to make a difference in their neighborhoods.

“I enjoy working with the community and improving the quality of life of the people I serve.” she said. “I’m a strong believer that police and the members of the community have to keep a working relationship.”

In front of a number of her colleagues on Thursday, Nov. 19, Southern was presented with a plaque for her commitment and service to the African-American community.

After receiving the award, Southern said it was a tremendous honor to be recognized for her service. She also thanked the Ministers Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity for their hard work within the community as well.

“I want to thank the entire Ministers Conference from the bottom of my heart for all they do for the community, and for being willing to work with the police department to make this city a better place for everyone.”

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