Alabama Chapter of The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
The History of NOBLE National Organization:
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.
To ensure EQUITY IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE in the provision of public service to all communities, and to serve as the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to JUSTICE BY ACTION.
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.
What We Do
Education and Training
The Alabama Chapter of NOBLE is committed to serving our local communities through education and training. We currently provide educational training titled, “The Law and Your Community.” This training is for college students and young adults designed to prevent an unwanted outcome when encountering law enforcement.
In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, the Alabama Chapter of NOBLE hosted a town hall meeting with law enforcement executives, prosecutors, community activists and religious leaders. This forum provided citizens an opportunity to exchange views and opinions about law enforcement and what changes needed to occur when policing communities of color.
As part of a national awareness campaign, the Alabama Chapter of NOBLE and the University of Alabama at Birmingham teamed up to teach democracy and law to students attending UAB Summer Camps.
In furtherance of our commitment to service, the Alabama Chapter of NOBLE has partnered with area school districts and police departments in the following areas:
- Backpacks and school supplies giveaway
- Voter registration campaigns