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NOBLE Executive Update 
Justice by Action                                       
January 2016

Gregory A. Thomas
National President

On July 15, 2015, in Indianapolis, IN, Gregory A. Thomas was sworn in as the 38th president of NOBLE.

President Thomas serves as the Senior Executive for Law Enforcement Operations in the Office of the Kings County (Brooklyn, N.Y.) District Attorney.


Dwayne A. Crawford  
Executive Director
National President Gregory Thomas Attends
President Barack Obama's Unveiling Of
New Gun Control Measures
On Tuesday, January 5, 2016, NOBLE National President, Gregory Thomas, joined national leaders in the East Room of the White House, where President Barack Obama announced new executive actions to reduce gun violence and make our communities safer.  
National Chaplain's Corner
Rev. Dr. Barbara Y. Williams-Harris
Spiritual Vitamins for the Day 
Spiritual Vitamin E
We are now on our 5th vitamin and I hope that you have been taking them monthly and seeing results.
Food for Thought - "When you have one seed in your hand, don't eat it. Plant it and nourish it so that it can bring forth multiple seeds so you can plant a garden and continue to grow." BYWH
Remember, the Chaplaincy of NOBLE is available to you, for you and about you.
E - Endeavor to live your goals and dreams
E - Effort is always complemented by success
E - Excellence is the Segue into greatness
E - Eagerness to follow your goals and dreams
E - Excitement works well with Implementation
E - Everybody is somebody and somebody needs you
E - Engineer a plan that you have the original blueprints for
E - Enjoy your life and accomplishments, others are depending on it
"Endeavor to accomplish with Effort, Excellence and Eagerness what causes Excitement in Everybody to Engineer a plan they will Enjoy."
Rev. Dr. Barbara Y. Williams-Harris
NOBLE National Chaplain

 2016 NOBLE William R. Bracey

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 NOBLE 40th Annual Training Conference



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In  Memoriam

Law Enforcement Officers Lost in the Line of Duty
  • January 24, 2016, Special Agent Scott McGuire succumbed to injuries sustained nine days earlier when he and another agent were struck by a drunk driver. The other agent is in stable condition. The suspect was apprehended by police. Special Agent McGuire is the first officer to be struck and killed in 2016 and the first fatality from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
  • January 20, 2016, Correctional Officer Conrad was killed in a vehicle crash while operating a prisoner transport van. Officer Conrad is the first officer killed in an automobile crash this year and the first officer fatality from the state of Illinois.
  • January 17, 2016, Police Officer Thomas Cottrell was shot and killed behind the Danville Police Station. Officer Cottrell's weapon and cruiser were also stolen. The suspect was apprehended after an extensive search. Officer Cottrell is the second officer to have been shot and killed this year and the first officer fatality from the state of Ohio.
  • January 17, 2016, Police Officer Douglas Barney was shot and killed while responding to a vehicle crash. A second officer was also shot and wounded. The suspect was killed in a shootout with responding officers. Officer Barney is the first law enforcement officer who has been shot and killed this year and the first from the state of Utah this year.

Tyree C. Blocker Sworn In
Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police
Tyree C. Blocker has been sworn in as the Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police. Blocker, 62, has 30 years of experience with the Pennsylvania State Police, starting as a trooper and ascending to major before retiring in 2005.
Congratulations to Captain Hajir Nuriddin
NOBLE Member
On December 30, 2015, Captain Hajir Nuriddin retired after serving the Bakersfield Police Department for the past 30 years. Captain Nuriddin was hired in 1985 and served in a variety of positions including patrol, DARE, motors-accident reconstructionist, and supervising narcotic enforcement, the Special Enforcement Unit, and Criminal Investigations. 
 Galveston County Sheriff's Office
Congratulates NOBLE Member Lt. Josette Birdow
The Galveston County Sheriff's Office and NOBLE  congratulate Lt. Josette Birdow on her transfer from the Office of Professional Standards Division to the School Liaison Division. She will be the Assistant Commander serving CCISD, TCISD and DISD. 
Police Chief and NOBLE Member Duane Flournoy
Sworn in as President of the Broward County Chief of Police Association
NOBLE congratulates Police Chief Duane Flournoy as the new President of the Broward County Chief of Police Association.
NOBLE Congratulates Police Chief  Catherine Garcia-Lindstrom
President of the West Michigan Chapter of NOBLE
On Her Retirement
Catherine Garcia-Lindstrom served over 40 years in the field of law enforcement. She has served as the Chief of Police for the city of Walker since March of 2000. In 2010 she also became the Fire Chief and carried the titles of Public Safety Director and Chief of Police. Prior to working for Walker she worked for the City of Detroit Police Department for 25 years where she attained the rank of Commander before retiring. Some of her assignments included Commanding Officer, Chief's Staff Division, Internal Affairs Division, Crime Prevention Section and Commanding Officer of the Third Precinct.

NOBLE Member Floyd Bonner
First African-American
Chief Deputy of Shelby County, TN Sheriff's Office 
Chief Deputy, Floyd Bonner, is a 35-year veteran with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. On December 1, 2015, Sheriff Bill Oldham named him chief deputy, his second in-command. Bonner is the first African-American to hold the position with the Sheriff's Office. He worked his way up through the ranks from patrolman, to undercover narcotics detective to assistant chief. He served as interim chief deputy for two months before he was promoted to his current position.
NOBLE Member Remon Green
Named Executive Director for Public Safety and Chief of Police
Texas Southern University (TSU) 
Chief Green has worked in law enforcement for over 20 years. He has been a member of the TSU Police Department since 2002 where he held the position of Deputy Chief for five years and Interim Chief of Police since November 2015.
Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety
Diversity and Community Engagement
Speed Networking Dialogue
December 15, 2015
On Tuesday Dec 15, 2015, 14 new Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Officers in the advanced academy - specifically Cultural Awareness - segment of their training (before they have even hit the street) were networked with approximately 70 prominent Black men from this community and in law enforcement. The officers and guests participated in this "speed networking" event by introducing themselves, exchanging business cards, and the guests gave the officers advice on how to build positive relationships with the Black community that will hopefully carry throughout the officers' careers.
The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW)
Honors the South Florida Chapter of NOBLE

On Saturday, December 19, 2015, The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) recognized the South Florida Chapter of NOBLE for its enthusiastic support and dedication to NCNW.
NOBLE and the Baton Rouge Middle District
Congratulates the Winner of the NOBLE Life Time Membership Raffle
Gary Neal of the Northern Illinois Chapter
The Baton Rouge Middle District congratulates the winner of the NOBLE Life Time Membership Raffle, Gary Neal of the Northern Illinois Chapter. The raffle helps support community initiatives and scholarships in the Greater Baton Rouge area.  The chapter will kick off a new Life Time Membership Raffle at the CEO Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, FL, scheduled February 11-13, 2016.  Raffle tickets will be sold for $10 each and can be purchased from any representative of the Baton Rouge Middle District.  The winning ticket will be drawn at the President's Ball during the 2016 NOBLE National Conference in Washington D.C..