Police Lieutenant, Cincinnati Police Department
Chantia Pearson knew even from a young age she would fight for justice, when she grew weary after witnessing and experiencing unfair treatment from police. To be part of the solution, she became a paid cadet with the Cincinnati Police Department, hoping to strengthen trust between the police and community. A few months before starting the Police Academy, Chantia was ordered to Iraq for one-year deployment with the Ohio National Guard. The opportunity to serve her country increased Chantia’s desire and commitment to serve her city. Upon return, she completed the Police Academy. As a proud, dedicated Cincinnati citizen and Police Officer, Chantia has served in District Three, District Four, District Five, Emergency Communications Center, Planning and Development Unit, and Internal Investigations Unit. She also served in the Training Unit and was the first female Black sergeant assigned as a full-time instructor. Improving police-community relations can be arduous, and after obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati, a Master’s Degree in Executive Human Resource Development from Xavier University, and various law enforcement related certifications, Chantia figured her passion for unity would be best served in another field of work. However, at the end of 2010 TLC Network producers selected her as a cast member on the TLC Show “Police Women of Cincinnati.” Being featured on the show refueled Chantia’s drive to stay committed to doing her part to improve police-community relations. Chantia has won various awards, including a Regional Emmy for her work. Chantia currently serves as a Relief Commander in District One. Chantia is passionate about helping leaders broaden their perspectives on diversity, equity and inclusion, and she pushes people to take accountability to help close the racial divide, especially in law enforcement. Some of her favorite hobbies are building Legos with her son, traveling, relaxing at the beach, and reading non-fiction books.