Between Black and Blue: Complexity within the Black law enforcement community, Part 1
Back in February of 2021, together with the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the National Law Enforcement Museum held a program that sought to uncover ways to support black law enforcement officers and encourage new recruits to join the force and protect our communities. This panel discussion examined the potential “double backlash” facing Black police officers and pathways to changing the culture inside agencies that could result in a more positive perception of the law enforcement community.
Does the Black community support Black law enforcement? Should agencies and departments work toward recruiting officers that better reflect the communities they serve? What impact could this have on preventing crime and building trust between law enforcement and the community?
These questions and more were answered by the panelists in a virtual discussion focusing on the varied perspectives within law enforcement and the community.
This program has been divided into three parts: in part one, you will be introduced to our panelists and hear them consider and discuss the first pressing question of the discussion: do communities of color support law enforcement and does that support – or even lack of support – change after major incidents occur? Tune in for part 2 on February 1st, as the discussion continues.
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Additional information about this program can be found here.
- Dr. Lorenzo Boyd, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, University of New Haven
- Sheriff Marian Brown, Dallas County (TX) Sheriff’s Department
- Chief Ernest Finley, Montgomery (AL) Police Department
- Chief Jeffrey Glover, Tempe (AZ) Police Department
- Sheriff Melody Maddox, Dekalb County (GA) Sheriff’s Office
- Shomari Williams, Managing Partner, Verizon