President Barack Obama
January 18, 2017
[Alexandria, VA] The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) joins the nation and the world in bidding farewell to the 44th U.S. President, Barack H. Obama II. Mr. Obama's election and two terms were historic and has had an indelible impact on the nation. It has been our honor and pleasure to serve this commander in chief and his administration. We applaud the many achievements in the areas of the economy, healthcare, marriage equality, education, the environment, criminal justice, and foreign policy. More importantly we acknowledge the strong leadership exhibited by President Obama at home and abroad.
NOBLE's partnership with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, and various White House officials has been instrumental in delivering community outreach services to thousands of citizens in the form of community policing, youth and adult law enforcement education, grass roots empowerment, and conflict resolution. We are grateful for the administration's partnership throughout the past eight years.
We all have to start with the premise that each of our fellow citizens loves this country just as much as we do; that they value hard work and family just like we do; that their children are just as curious and hopeful and worthy of love as our own. President Barack H. Obama II
As we prepare for a peaceful transition of power to the 45th U.S. President, Donald J. Trump, we encourage and recommend the following priorities related to the criminal justice system and law enforcement:
- The continued defense and support of the U.S. Constitution and in particular the 14th Amendment that ensures equal protection for all citizens under the law.
- Implementation of the 21st Century Task Force Recommendations
- Sentencing & Corrections Reform
- Adoption of the National Consensus Policy on Use of Force
A fair and just criminal justice system is the bedrock of a democratic society. NOBLE is committed to dedicating the next four years and beyond to achieving and sustaining the equitable administration of justice in every neighborhood in America.
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.