National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives

Since 1976, The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) has served as the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to justice by action.

About National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives Founding Members and History

The goal of NOBLE is to be recognized as a highly competent, public service organization that is at the forefront of providing solutions to law enforcement issues and concerns, as well as to the ever-changing needs of our communities.

The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) was founded in September 1976 during a three-day symposium to address crime in low-income urban areas. The symposium was co-sponsored by the Police Foundation and the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA). The Joint Center for Political Studies (JCPS) coordinated this unprecedented event in which sixty top ranking black law enforcement executives representing twenty-four states and fifty major cities gathered in the Washington, D.C. area to participate. They exchanged views about the critically high rate of crime in the black urban communities and the socio-economic conditions that lead to crime and violence.

They raised questions about relevant issues such as fairness in the administration of justice, police community relations, the hiring and promotion of black police officers, and the unique problems of the black police executive. Recognizing black law enforcement executives could have a significantly more effective impact upon the criminal justice system through a unified voice, the symposium participants departed from the planned agenda to create NOBLE. They unanimously elected Hubert Williams, then Director of the Newark, New Jersey Police Department, and the first black police chief of a major city, temporary chairman of NOBLE. During that meeting, the initial purpose and the objectives of the organization were developed and a working committee to devise the organizational structure was formed.

The Law And Your Community by NOBLE

The Law & Your Community is a nationally recognized hands-on interactive training program for young people ages 13-18 designed to improve their communications with law enforcement officers and their understanding of their federal, state and local laws.

President’s Corner

Captain Fredrick Thomas, commander over Scotlandville Substation, has been in the field of Law Enforcement with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office for over 22 years. Captain Thomas joined the Sheriff’s Office after receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Grambling State University in 1989. Captain Thomas is also a graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety-School of Police Staff and Command.

Captain Thomas began his career at the office in Corrections. He transferred to Uniform Patrol after completing the LSU Basic Law Enforcement Academy. In February of 2008, Captain Thomas was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to command over Scotlandville Substation. He served as commander of Scotlandville for more than ten years before transferring to commander of Gardere Substation. Currently, Captain Thomas is an active member of Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity Inc. and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). Captain Thomas is a combat veteran retired after 26 years of service with the Louisiana Army National Guard. In serving his country in support of “Operation Iraqi Freedom”, Captain Thomas earned the Combat Action Badge. Captain Thomas is married to the former Desireé Honoré and is the father of two. He is a member of Living Faith Christian Center.

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