The History of NOBLE

The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) was founded in September, 1976, during a three (3) – day symposium to address crime in urban low income 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 (60) top-ranking black law enforcement executives representing twenty – four (24) states and fifty – five (55) major cities gathered in the Washington, D.C. area to participate. They exchanged views about the critically high rate of crime in black urban communities and the socioeconomic 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.

Mission Statement

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.

Vision Statement

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 objectives that are employed to implement the goal of the organization include:

An emphasis on being a competent learning organization that…

  1. Continuously learns from the collective knowledge of its members, and other sources of criminal justice research and data, while simultaneously working to rapidly convert this learning into action;
  2. Working to ensure long-term organizational stability by identifying and establishing mutually beneficial relationships with corporations and other funding sources;
  3. Recommending and executing policies, processes and procedures that recognize and pursue goals common to all segments of the community and law enforcement, with a focus on ensuring strict accountability and uncompromising integrity;
  4. Promoting and encouraging attitudes and characteristics that permit adaptability to the changing demands placed on law enforcement, and the development of professional and communication competencies that help view, comprehend and shape appropriate responses to an ever-changing environment; and
  5. Increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of NOBLE through a clearly defined and shared sense of purpose and commitment among its members.

Guiding Principles


  1. Respect: Law enforcement must be respectful of the rights of all persons.
  2. Uncompromising integrity: NOBLE will conduct its business according to ethical standards of law enforcement.
  3. Courage of convictions:NOBLE will be proactive in addressing issues of controversial law-enforcement policies and practices.
  4. Accountability: NOBLE promotes the principle of mutual accountability between the criminal justice system and the community.
  5. Community: The community must be an integral part of the criminal justice system, with particular attention being given to criminal justice issues that affect the African American community.
  6. Value Diversity: NOBLE promotes the value of diversity at all levels throughout the criminal justice system