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Our History


The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) was founded in September 1976, during a three-day symposium to address crime in urban low-income areas. Sixty (60) top-ranking black law enforcement executives representing twenty-four (24) states and fifty-five (55) major cities gathered in Washington, D.C. area to participate. They exchanged views about the critically high rate of crime in 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 that 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. Pittsburgh’s first black Police Chief, William Moore, was among the sixty founding members who attended the symposium in Washington, D.C.

Our local Chapter was formed August 30, 1999, although, we are fairly new to the NOBLE family, we are quickly becoming one of the most active and enterprising chapters in our region. Our membership is representative of the following Departments and Agencies:

  • Allegheny County Jail

  • Allegheny County Department of Probation

  • Allegheny County Sheriff’s Department

  • Attorney General’s Office

  • Point Park University Police Department

  • African American Chamber of Commerce

  • Allegheny County Police Department

  • North Strabane Police Department

  • Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office

  • Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

  • Pennsylvania State Police

  • Pittsburgh Housing Authority Police Department

  • Pittsburgh Bureau of Police

  • US Department of Justice

  • Wilkinsburg Police Department

  • Non-Law Enforcement Supporting Members