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N.O.B.L.E. National President Gregory A. Thomas' Statement On The National Law Enforcement Meeting At The White House

The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) National President Gregory A. Thomas released the following statement on the National Law Enforcement Meeting held at the White House, Monday, July 11, 2016

"On Monday, I and other law enforcement leaders from around the nation were called to the White House to meet with President Obama and Vice President Biden and administration officials to strategically map out a plan of action for the future of law enforcement and community policing. As many are aware, reform is needed on both sides-within law enforcement and the communities they serve. With that in mind, our meeting examined best practices for building trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Additionally, we discussed implementing reforms and recommendations of the 21st Century Policing Task Force. Finally, we talked about supporting officer training in safely deescalating police citizen confrontations and putting in place systems to ensure the safety and wellness of members of the law enforcement community.

"In closing, the President recognized the importance a continued partnership between the Administration and law enforcement leadership and emphasized his commitment to finding solutions to enhance public safety and reduce tensions between officers and the communities they serve. The Vice President committed to reconvening law enforcement and community leaders for ongoing consultation.

"My tenure as NOBLE National President is set to end in a little more than a week from now, but I pledge to make Monday's meeting a call to action for NOBLE and its members. I am confident that, as an organization, we will continue to bring NOBLE into the new era in law enforcement. We have many challenges ahead but we will take every step to be fully prepared to meet them."

About the 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. NOBLE represents over 3,000 members internationally, who are primarily African-American chief executive officers of law enforcement agencies at federal, state, county and municipal levels, other law enforcement administrators, and criminal justice practitioners. For more information, visit