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NOBLE Executive Update 
Justice by Action                                       
November 2015

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
 The Law & Your Community Highlights

On behalf of the Executive Board, chapters, and members, we thank the entire organization for the commitment to serve our communities by teaching best practices to young people and adults on law literacy and law enforcement in efforts to build greater trust, understanding, and partnership. 
  •  61 Training Events (December 2014 - November 2015)
  •  3,718 Attendees (2,595 Youth)
  •  National Roll-out scheduled for First Quarter 2016
NOBLE New York City Chapter
Yvette Strong Facilitator
Bridgeport, CT

NOBLE Member Edwin Debiew
Panelist Discussion at University of North Texas
Dallas, Texas
NOBLE Member Edwin Debiew
Sam Houston State University (SHSU) Chapter of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice
NOBLE Georgia Chapter - Harry Corbitt Facilitator
Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys Represented by Judge Glenda Hatchett

NOBLE NOBLE Immediate Past National President 
Dr. Cedric Alexander
Testifies at U.S. Senate Hearing

National Chaplain's Corner
Rev. Dr. Barbara Y. Williams-Harris
Spiritual Vitamins for the Day

Greetings my NOBLE Family, this is our third installment of our Vitamin for the day. I pray that it encourages and inspires you to continue in the NOBLE walk that you have embraced.   The season of Thanksgiving is upon us, let us reflect on who and what we are grateful for. Always remember the National Chaplaincy of NOBLE is available to you, for you and about you. Food for thought: "Just because things are not always easy, doesn't mean you are not where you are supposed to be."
Rev. Dr. Barbara Y. Williams-Harris
Vitamin C
C - Continue to dream
C - Caring about oneself is essential for optimal growth
C - Choose your inner circle wisely
C - Consider how important your family and friends are to you
C - Coping with stressful things is the 1st step in moving beyond it
C - Clarity of mind will always help you to see things from both sides
C - Creativity will always take you to new levels
C - Consume understanding as if it is your favorite dessert
"Continue to Care as you Choose, Consider and Cope with Clarity the Creativity that you love to Consume"

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In  Memoriam

Retired Lt. Kenneth Brown
It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Retired Lt. Kenneth Brown.  Our prayers and condolences goes out to Mrs. Brown and his daughter, Officer Dawn Bowe and to the entire family.  Lt. Brown was very active in NOBLE and once served as Chapter President.  Please keep the Brown/Bowe family in your prayers. 

Law Enforcement Officers Lost in the Line of Duty
  • November 5, 2015, Police Officer Bryce Hanes was killed in a traffic collision when his cruiser was struck by a suspected drunk driver. Officer Hanes is the fourth law enforcement fatality from the State of California in 2015.
  • November 6, 2015, Police Officer Daniel Ellis was shot while investigating a report of an armed robbery. Officer Ellis died two days later as a result of his injuries. Officer Ellis is the sixth law enforcement fatality from the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2015.
  • November 7, 2015, Police Officer Stacy Case was killed in an automobile crash while responding to a call. Officer Case is the third law enforcement fatality from the State of South Carolina in 2015.
  • November 10, 2015, Chief of Police Darrell Allen died as a result of a gunshot wound that he sustained ten days earlier while attempting to apprehend a suspect. Chief Darrell is the thirteenth law enforcement fatality from the State of Texas in 2015.
  • November 15, 2015, Trooper Jaimie L. Jursevics was struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver while she was outside of her vehicle investigating a crash. Trooper Jursevics is the third law enforcement fatality from the State of Colorado in 2015. 
  • November 18, 2015, Police Officer Ricardo Galvez was shot and killed in the police department parking lot. Officer Galvez is the fifth law enforcement fatality from the State of California in 2015.
  • November 19, 2015, Corporal William Solomon succumbed to injuries sustained on March 2, 2015, after being struck by a drunk driver while directing traffic. Corporal Solomon is the tenth law enforcement fatality from the State of Georgia in 2015.

NOBLE Associate and Life Member Patricia Shackleford-Gray
This award is presented to an individual who is often little-noted and over-looked, but through steadfast efforts, faithfulness, compassion and commitment maintains the fabric and integrity of groups, organizations and causes.  This person represents the truest measures of devotion, dedication truth, love and service to others through leadership and community service. 
NOBLE Member Richard Ross
Appointed Police Commissioner
Philadelphia, PA
First Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross has been appointed Police Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department.  The 26-year veteran of the force has served as a deputy under Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey.
NOBLE Member Antonio Brooklen
Sworn In As Miami Gardens Police Chief
"I am humbled and honored to be the third Chief of Police for this great city," Chief Brooklen said at his swearing-in ceremony, where he thanked the Mayor, council members and his family. Chief Brooklen started his law enforcement career with Miami Dade Police Department in 1994, and joined Miami Gardens as a major when the department was created in 2007.
NOBLE Member - Rodney "D" Wallace
Pasadena PD Lieutenant (Retired)  
Inducted into Muir High School's Hall of Fame
Rodney "D" Wallace was inducted into Muir High School's hall of fame for his life of serivce to Government Service and to the Pasadena community.
NOBLE Member Odetta Johnson
Appointed Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police
North Carolina Central University
Major Odetta Johnson has been appointed Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police for North Carolina Central University (NCCU) effective December 2, 2015. Major Johnson, an alumna of NCCU, currently serves as a Major and Chief of Staff with the Richmond, VA Police Department.
NOBLE Member Police Chief Ronnell Higgins
Promoted to Director of Public Safety at Yale
Yale University is pleased to announce that, effective November 16, Chief Ronnell Higgins was promoted and his duties expanded to include Public Safety. As Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police at Yale, his responsibilities will include police, security operations, and security systems.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. & NOBLE
Golden Alert
Prairie View A&M University, Texas

National President Gregory Thomas attended the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority's Golden Alert at Prairie View A&M University along with NOBLE Members: Jacqueline Carter, Associate Member Representative, Executive Board, Carolyn Williams, President, Cleveland NOBLE Chapter, and Remon Green, Interim Chief of Police & Executive Director of Public Safety, Texas Southern University Department of Public Safety. Also, pictured above are the national and regional officers of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
NOBLE Maryland Chapter President - Chief Shawn Harrison
Participates in White House Listening Session
Gun Violence Prevention
Pictured above: Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Shawn Harrison, Director o Public Safety and Emergency Management, Montgomery College.
NOBLE South Florida Chapter President Captain Kevin Granville
Challenged to a Race by a Student at Piney Grove Boys Academy
"We Won't Tell You Who Won!"
 NOBLE Partners with the University of Phoenix
Dr. Sophine Charles - Panelist
Mental Health Symposium

Adopt-a-Bill Program helps us to focus on larger obligations.

As members of NOBLE you all unselfishly give of your time and experience, but another way you can practice generosity and support for NOBLE is to Adopt-a-Bill.  NOBLE is the only minority law enforcement organization with its own building; and this achievement is one that we are all proud of.  Along with ownership come recurring expenses; mortgage, insurance, utilities and communication services and one-time expenses that are necessary for the success of our mission.   You could help by participating in our Adopt-a-NOBLE Bill program where you could contribute towards the power bill or supplies. You could pay all or a portion of a larger bill or tackle a smaller one.      


You will receive a personal note of appreciation from the executive director and your receipt will assure that your contribution will go specifically to the bill that you indicate.  Your generosity will also be acknowledged in the NOBLE Executive Update and at our national conference as an example of demonstrated member responsibility.          


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