Between Black and Blue: Complexity within the Black Law Enforcement Community

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Between Black and Blue: Complexity within the Black Law Enforcement Community

Together with the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the National Law Enforcement Museum held a special event 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 our panelists in a two-part live virtual discussion focusing on the varied perspectives within law enforcement and the community.



  • 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

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