Lester earns promotion to rank of major
Law enforcement officer Freda Lester of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department was promoted to the rank of major during a ceremony held at First Baptist Church in Raleigh last Friday, March 31.
Along with the promotion, she has been assigned to the Special Investigations Bureau with the department.
Born in Henderson, she was a member of the junior choir and the Usher Board Ministry at Sandy Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Henderson. She is affiliated with The Park Ministries in Charlotte.
Raised in Raleigh, she attended Broughton High School. In 1988, she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. She earned a master’s in business administration from Pfeiffer University in 2002.
Lester gained employment with the Charlotte Police Department after graduating from UNCC.
In an effort to strengthen relations between communities and law enforcement, she has assisted the National Conference for Community Justice, working with its Anytown Summer Camps for high school students. In July of 2010, she developed and implemented the security plan for Time Warner Cable Arena as it hosted the Democratic National Convention.
She is a member of the North State Law Enforcement Officers Association and chairperson with the Mecklenburg County Police Memorial Committee.
Outside of law enforcement, Lester worked as a community liaison to the Villa Heights and Optimist Park communities. She has helped create several programs for children, such as the After-School Youth Development Group through Chapel Christ the King Church and a reading club for Villa Heights Elementary School students.
She has worked with several community organizations toward improving the lives of citizens, both economically and residentially.
She is the daughter of Trustee William A. Lester and Deacon Cassie A. Lester. She is the granddaughter of Trustee Billie Alston Sr. and Vasthi Alston and the Rev. John A. Lester and Mary Lester.