Our Mission

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.

Our Goal

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.

Our History

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.

The Executive Board

Julieann Stapleton


NYC Police Department

Ramel Lee

Immediate Past President

Director of Operations
NYS MTA Bridges and Tunnels

Quchee Collins

Vice President

Deputy University Director
CUNY Public Safety

Tracian Shaibu

Recording Secretary

Administrative Staff Analyst
NYC Police Department

Michelle Tégé


Detective (Retired)
NYC Police Department

Ernest Owens

Financial Secretary

New York State Courts

Imogene Jones

Corresponding Secretary

Senior Court Clerk (Retired)
NYS Unified Court System

Derek Zimmerman


Adjunct Professor
CUNY John Jay

Michael Sinclair

Sergeant at Arms

NYC Police Department

Kimbale Anderson

Chapter Associate Member Representative

Police Officer
NYC Police Department

Karen LeMelle


Lieutenant Special Assignment (Retired)
NYC Police Department

Wanda Harrison


Associate Investigator
NYC Police Department

Leedroige Manuel


NYC Police Department

Tanya Cauley-Scott




Magderlene Spencer


Intelligence Investigator
NYC Department of Correction

Stephen P. Duncanson


Sergeant (retired)
NYC Police Department

Quovella M. Maeweather

Region 1 Vice President

Public Safety Director
Franklin Police Department

Managing Attorneys

Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP