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National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum to host 'Between Black and Blue: Complexity within Black Law Enforcement'


Wed, Feb 24th 2021 10:25 am

The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum (NLEMM), with the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), will host a free virtual panel event, “Between Black and Blue: Complexity within Black Law Enforcement,” at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25.

A press release stated, “The two organizations are working together to create discussions that support our Black law enforcement officers and encourage new recruits to join the force in protecting the country’s communities. Panelists will examine the potential ‘double backlash’ facing Black police officers and offer pathways to change the culture inside agencies that could result in positive perceptions of the law enforcement community.”

Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, said, “In our endeavors to strengthen the relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve, we are honored to work with NOBLE to bring these vital conversations to the forefront. What we do today, as a profession and as a society, is going to have a lasting impact on tomorrow’s communities. Safer communities equal safer law enforcement, and conversations need to be had so that we can make it safer for both.”

NOBLE National President Lynda R. Williams said, “The discussions surrounding community policing are timely and relevant and we are excited to partner with the NLEMM to facilitate this panel. I’m looking forward to welcoming everyone to this event and gaining insight from these diverse perspectives.”

The free virtual panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Lorenzo Boyd, vice president for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, University of New Haven.

Panelists include:

  • Sheriff Marian Brown, Dallas County (Texas) Sheriff’s Department
  • Chief Ernest Finley, Montgomery (Alabama) Police Department
  • Chief Jeffrey Glover, Tempe (Arizona) Police Department
  • Sheriff Melody Maddox, Dekalb County (Georgia) Sheriff’s Department
  • Shomari Williams, managing partner, Verizon

Registered participants are invited to submit questions and engage with presenters throughout the conversation.

Registration is free and open to the public, thanks to the support of Target.

Registration and information can be found here: https://lawenforcementmuseum.org/events/between-black-and-blue/.

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