The Delaware Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) 11th Annual Adopt-A-Family Initiative
In November 2018, our chapter entered the 11th year for our Thanksgiving and Christmas Adopt A Family program. This year, we travelled to different sections of the State of Delaware to deliver 37 full course turkey dinners to deserving families.
During the weekend of December 22nd, our members once again travelled the State to deliver a full course Christmas day dinner to 12 deserving families. We also gave clothing, toys, bikes, school supplies and much more to 38 children. During one visit, Col Bond had this exchange with a grandmother who’s caring for her 5 grandchildren:
Ms. Williams told me as her son and I unloaded my truck that if it weren’t for these gifts, she had nothing for her grandchildren. She proceeded to tell me about her mother who was currently in serious condition at CMC, her son who helped me was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer and unable to work, how the mother of her youngest grandchild died earlier in the week from a suicide leaving behind her granddaughter. She is also dealing with her health issues and her only income is a social security check. After all her bills are paid, she has nothing left. Despite all that she is facing she still praised God and gave him thanks! We gave her a box of food, toys and gift cards which nothing is compared to what she gave me Sunday morning, outside in the cold, on N. Market St. I left Ms. Williams inspired and encouraged to do more to help those in need. We have a platform as Law Enforcement Officials to change the lives of others and to shoulder their burdens for just a brief period. I pray we will continue to help others and sacrifice our time when called upon. May God Bless all of you and your families.”
13th Annual Chief’s Reception
On Wednesday, December 12, 2018, the Chapter held our 13th Annual Police Chief’s Reception at the Delaware State Police Museum, in Dover, Delaware. This year, ten (10) of our collegiate members were in attendance, and each had the opportunity to network with members from the law enforcement community, including 12 chiefs or their designees.
Additionally, we recognized the following members:
•Captain Charles Emory promoted to Inspector with Wilmington Police Department
•Tashawn Count promoted to Police Captain with Wilmington Police Department
•Jayson A. Jeffers promoted to Police Sergeant with Delaware State Police
•Brittney Ketler, was sworn in as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigations
•Corporal Michelle Hinson retired from the Delaware Capitol Police after 25 years of service
•Det. Anthony Harris retired from Wilmington Police Department after 23 years of service
•Captain Sherri Tull-Hubbard retired from Wilmington Police Department (see below)
•Special Agent in Charge Corey D. Handy of the DEA Office in Dover, De was transfer to the DEA Headquarters in Washington D.C.
•We also recognized the following 6 Collegiate Chapter seniors who participated in the 133rd commencement held on December 15, 2018 at the Dover Campus of Delaware State University:
Congratulation to Captain Sherri Tull on her retirement, after 28 years of service to the citizens of the City of Wilmington Delaware. Captain Tull was appointed to the Wilmington Department of Police on July 16, 1990. During her tenure with the Department, she has served in the Uniformed Services Division, Special Operations Division and the Human Resources Division. She was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in April 2001, to the rank of Master Sergeant in July 1, 2004, to the rank of Lieutenant in March 21, 2009 and appointed to the rank of Captain on January 16, 2013. Captain Tull’s final assignment was the Commanding Officer of the Office of Professional Standards and the Commanding Officer of the Criminal Investigations Division.
Captain Tull has received several Departmental Commendations and awards as well as many letters of Commendations from the Citizens of Wilmington and community leaders. In 2012, Captain Tull received the Women of Distinction Award from the Markevis A. Johnson Educational Foundation recognizing her contributions to her profession and community. In 2016, Captain Tull was recognized as the Police Officer of the Year by the Dover Alumni Chapter of Omega Phi Psi Fraternity.
Captain Tull earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Bowie State College, May 1983, a Master of Science in the School of Counseling from Wilmington College, May 1999 and a Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Wilmington University, May 2012.
Captain Tull is an active and dedicated member of the Delaware NOBLE Chapter, serving on several committees, including the Annual Stephen J. Ballard Crab Feast fundraiser committee, the Annual Rodney H. Bond, Jr. Law Enforcement Career Fair Committee, co-chair of the Rodney H. Bond, Jr. Scholarship Fundraiser Committee and a member of the Law and Your Community Presentation Committee.
Captain Tull would like to acknowledge that she is proud to be the first African American female in the 126-year history of the Wilmington Department of Police to be promoted to the rank of Captain.
Captain Tull and her husband, Thomas has been married for 10 years. They have two children, Christian (wife Nia) and Courtney, one grandson, Caden and two granddaughters Avah and Aria.
On Monday, December 31, 2018, Captain Mike Hertzfeld was named the new Police Chief for the Delaware Capitol, a statewide law enforcement agency responsible for providing police and security services to Legislative Hall, the Governor’s Mansion, the Supreme Court, Superior Courts, Court of Common Pleas, Family Courts, Chancery Courts statewide, and the Carvel State Office Building.
Police Chief Hertzfeld is in his 23rd year as a Police Officer, with over 6 years of command level experience. He has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resource Management and a Master of Science Degree in Homeland Security with a concentration in Organizational Leadership from Wilmington University.
He is a graduate of the 264th session of the FBI National Academy and have received additional command level training from various institutions including FBI LEEDA, Penn State Justice and Safety Institute, the Northeast Counter Drug Leadership & Mastering Performance Management Program, and the U. S. Marshall Program in Glynco, Georgia.
During his tenure with the Capitol Police Department, he has served as a Patrol Officer, Detective, Public Information Officer, Training Coordinator, Internal Affairs supervisor, Special Investigations supervisor and Legislative Affairs operations.
Michael is an active member of the Delaware Chapter and was recently appointed to the NOBLE National Civil Right Committee. Chief Hertzfeld is a Delaware native and currently reside in Middletown, Delaware with his wife, Stacy of 23 years and two children.
Please note, over the past 2 years, Mike is one of thirteen African Americans serving as a CEO’s of a law enforcement agencies in the State of Delaware, and of the thirteen, eleven CEO’s are members of the Delaware NOBLE Chapter…
Chapter Member honored with Experiential Outdoor Classroom dedication — Cpl. Stephen J. Ballard
Corporal Stephen J. Ballard’s heart was as big as his smile. Prekindergartners knew it when he visited their classroom in the fall of 2016, gathering around him in a circle to listen and learn about his career as a Delaware State Trooper.
Their conversation was part of a classroom unit on Super Heroes in the Community, and indeed, that is how Cpl. Ballard is remembered today. Tragically lost in the line of duty on April 26, 2017, Ballard was husband to Tower Hill parent Louise Cummings and stepfather to Abigail Lewis ‘30. His warm, giving nature touched all those who knew him, young and old.
Cummings is honoring her late husband’s legacy through a generous gift supporting a new Lower School outdoor classroom. Deeply committed to Abigail’s education, Ballard shared an appreciation for learning and the outdoors.
The outdoor experiential classroom will transform the empty lawn off the Tower Road entrance, next to the Stabler Building, into a dynamic learning center for Tower Tots through Grade 4. Young children learn through tactile, interactive experiences, and the outdoor space complements the Reggio approach adopted in Tower Hill’s preschool as well as the subjects of science, reading, art, music and drama throughout the entire Lower School.
In 2014, Cpl. Ballard joined the Delaware Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and was always an active member of our chapter. He impacted the lives of many throughout the state, especially the students majoring in Criminal Justice at the Delaware State University. He was passionate about mentoring collegiate chapter members at his alma mater. He served as a true role model for students interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement
The Delaware Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) undertook a fundraising campaign in the name of Sergeant Rodney H. Bond, Jr. Sergeant Bond was a long-standing member of the Delaware Chapter and served for seven years on the Board of Advisors and as Chairman of the Chapter’s Annual Law Enforcement Career Fair, held on the campus of Delaware State University.
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The goal of the fundraiser was to create an education fund for Sgt. Bond’s two sons so that they may pursue their father’s dream of receiving a quality education. To that end, the Delaware Chapter hosted a formal gala on Friday, September 14, 2018, at the Waterfall Banquet Center in Claymont Delaware. Due to a multitude of support, the Delaware NOBLE Chapter donated more than $36,500.00 to the sons of Rodney and Tawanda Bond.
The Delaware Chapter of NOBLE lifted up Sgt. Bond and his family because he was our brother and, more importantly, he would do the same for us. Sergeant Bond’s presence as a committed member of our chapter is truly missed.
Thank you to everyone for their support!
Delaware NOBLE Chapter
P.O. Box 30819
Wilmington, DE 19805