About Us


To ensure EQUITY IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE in the provision of public service to all communities, and to serve as the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to JUSTICE BY ACTION.


The goal of NOBLE is to be recognized as a highly competent, public service organization that is at the forefront of providing solutions to law enforcement issues and concerns, as well as to the ever-changing needs of our communities.


The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) was founded in September 1976 during a three-day symposium to address crime in low-income urban areas. The symposium was co-sponsored by the Police Foundation and the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA). The Joint Center for Political Studies (JCPS) coordinated this unprecedented event in which sixty top ranking black law enforcement executives representing twenty-four states and fifty major cities gathered in the Washington, D.C. area to participate. They exchanged views about the critically high rate of crime in the black urban communities and the socio-economic conditions that lead to crime and violence.

They raised questions about relevant issues such as fairness in the administration of justice, police community relations, the hiring and promotion of black police officers, and the unique problems of the black police executive. Recognizing black law enforcement executives could have a significantly more effective impact upon the criminal justice system through a unified voice, the symposium participants departed from the planned agenda to create NOBLE. They unanimously elected Hubert Williams, then Director of the Newark, New Jersey Police Department, and the first black police chief of a major city, temporary chairman of NOBLE. During that meeting, the initial purpose and the objectives of the organization were developed and a working committee to devise the organizational structure was formed.


NOBLE Chapters are where we make the most impact in the community.

NOBLE is comprised of 59 chapters in six regions throughout the United States. We also have members in Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, and several countries in Africa.

Whether members are engaged in a food or clothing drive, presenting the Law and Your Community, reading to children, awarding scholarships, or talking with young people about safety—be it traffic safety, gun safety, internet safety, bullying or HIV/AIDS prevention—NOBLE cares!

To contact a local chapter, please use the Leadership Directory above or call

(703) 658-1529

Learn more about and contact our individual regions

Region One

Region One

Steven Tompkins

Assistant Chief of Police (Retired)

New York Police Department



Region Two

Region Two

Estella J. Thomas

Supervisory Aviation Inspector (Retired)

Transportation Security Administration


Region Three

Region Three

Robert Ford

Assistant Chief

Lumpkin Police Department


Region Four

Region Four

Tiffany Tims

Police Chief

Hocking College


Region Five

Region Five

E. Jacob Rieux

Assistant Special Agent in Charge (Retired)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency



Region Six

Region Six

Anthony April


Alaska State Troopers