Microsoft hires former Seattle police chief Carmen Best

Microsoft has hired Carmen Best, Seattle’s former police chief from 2018 to 2020, to become director of global security risk management operations. Best served nearly 20 years with the Seattle Police Department before becoming the city’s first black female police chief, resigned from the post after ‘defund the police’ cuts following protests against the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, citing a “general disrespect” for police officers by the Seattle City Council and others.

Best was known as a frequent guest on cable TV news shows and was a late 2021 finalist for New York City’s police chief, but didn’t think she would report directly to the New York mayor. , Eric Adams.

Best has been a global account manager at Securitas Security Services since retiring from the Seattle Police Department and an AI ethics board member at Axon, a company that makes body cameras for law enforcement and security. other technologies.

On his LinkedIn page, Best describes his duties at Microsoft as “Responsible for the global virtual security operations team, intelligence, executive threat intelligence, special asset security, event security, Travel Security, Security Risk Operations, Security Program Management Office (PMO).”

Image credit: Seattle Medium

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