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Immediate Past President

Contact Info:

Brenda Goss Andrews

Position: Deputy Chief of Police (Retired)
Work Email: [email protected]

Brenda Goss Andrews served as the 45th president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) during the 2022-2023 term. Previously, she was the national second vice president for two years, the NOBLE Region IV vice president and president of the Metro Detroit Chapter. She served eight years as the chairperson of the NOBLE National Civil Rights Committee and is a trainer for NOBLE’s Law and Your Community initiative. She is the chairperson of NOBLE’s President’s Council.

Goss Andrews retired from the Detroit Police Department as a deputy chief and was the first female in the department’s history to administer and control its $400 million budget and $30 million dollars in state and federal grants.

As one of the incident commanders in Detroit’s August 2003 city-wide blackout, she was responsible for procuring generators for precincts and ensuring the 911 system was operational. During her tenure as a commander, she oversaw the department’s personnel division (human resources), which oversaw the recruitment and hiring of police officers, in-service training for over 2,000 officers, and promotional examinations and assessment center evaluations for officers seeking promotion. She also served as the department’s Equal Employment Opportunity director, spearheading training and the investigation of sexual harassment, workplace violence, and hostile working environment claims. As deputy chief, Goss Andrews was the project and budget director for the construction of the 62,000 square foot, $18 million Southwest Public Safety Center. She also worked with the Department of Justice on the department’s consent judgment and was chairperson for five extensive boards of review reports on deadly force police-involved shootings.

Brenda is co-founder and president of the Retired Detroit Police Members Association, founded in 2014 to fight Detroit’s bankruptcy.

Goss Andrews earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Howard University and a Master of Science degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in criminal justice at Walden University. She is a graduate of the 171st class of the FBI National Associates Academy. Her professional affiliations include the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the FBI National Academy Associates, the Police Executive Research Forum, and the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command. She also serves as an advisory board member of the University of Chicago Community Safety Leadership Academy. Detroit City Council appointed her to serve as a commissioner on the City Planning Commission, which reviews developments and the Neighborhood Opportunity Funding grant. Goss Andrews received the “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” award from the National Center for Women and Policing.