The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) Announces Commitment to President Obama's My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Initiative that will focus on Improving Relationships Between Youth and Law Enforcement
July 20, 2016
[Alexandria, VA] The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) today announced a commitment to President Obama's My Brother's Keeper (MBK) initiative that will focus on improving relationships between youth and law enforcement. NOBLE will deliver its Law and Your Community program to the cities, counties, towns and tribal nations that have accepted the MBK Community Challenge (MBK Communities) as part of its ongoing effort to help strengthen and revitalize relationships and partnerships between communities and law enforcement.
"On behalf of NOBLE's executive board, chapter members, and constituents, we are excited to support a key goal of the My Brother's Keeper initiative by providing interactive program resources aimed at improving communication and relationships between law enforcement and all of our nation's children including boys and young men of color," stated Gregory A. Thomas, NOBLE National President. "Our membership and chapters are uniquely poised to provide youth in MBK Communities with the career experiences and mentorship that they need, and through our signature Law and Your Community program, we can also provide them with a chance to be an integral part of our efforts to better communicate with the communities we serve."
NOBLE National President Gregory A. Thomas announced the new effort at the organization's Annual Training Conference in Washington, DC, where Senior White House official and MBK Task Force Chairman Broderick Johnson was presented with the "Civil Rights Justice by Action Youth Award." This award is presented to a youth or youth program designed to educate students about the struggles associated with the Civil Rights movement and reinforces the importance of fostering positive relations with individuals of different races, ages, ethnic origin, gender, religious backgrounds, and/or physical and mental abilities.
"We're deeply grateful to NOBLE and its members for the selfless work they do every day to keep our children and communities safe across the nation," stated Broderick Johnson, Assistant to the President, Cabinet Secretary, and Chair of the My Brother's Keeper Task Force. "We applaud today's announcement that NOBLE members will continue to go above and beyond, not only protecting our communities, but working hard to strengthen relationships between law enforcement and the youth they serve."
MBK Communities will be able to request the Law and Your Community program by contacting NOBLE local chapters or their world headquarters starting today. The Law and Your Community is an interactive training program for young people ages 13-18 designed to improve their communications and relationships with law enforcement officers and their understanding of their federal, state and local laws. NOBLE will also participate in several upcoming youth roundtables hosted by MBK Communities in the coming weeks.
Roughly six months after establishing MBK, President Obama issued the My Brother's Keeper Community Challenge in September 2014 as a call to action for cities, Tribal Nations, towns, and counties to build and execute their own robust cradle-to-college-and-career MBK plans of action. There is now at least one MBK Community in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Additionally, there are now MBK Communities in 19 Tribal Nations, and several statewide MBK collaborations are underway.
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 www.noblenational.org.
About My Brother's Keeper
President Barack Obama launched the My Brother's Keeper initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. Through this initiative, the Administration is joining with cities and towns, businesses, and foundations who are taking important steps to connect young people to mentoring, support networks, and the skills they need to find a good job or go to college and work their way into the middle class. For more information, visit https://www.whitehouse.gov/my-brothers-keeper#.