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In 2002, the members of more than twenty Black law enforcement associations came together, determined to make a change, and formed a new organization that was dedicated not only to its membership but to creating stronger bonds and relationships between the communities they served and all members of their profession. And while their focus was, and remains, on improving the status of men and women of color working as criminal justice practitioners, they changed the dynamics of their profession and its impact on their community.

Those that now makeup our organization epitomize the concepts that NABLEO has stood for since its inception. Each chapter and individual member has helped to make the bonds and relationships between police and community stronger, particularly in communities of color.

Together we seek, as professionals and community members, to bring about a new paradigm in the way each interacts with the other, allowing for a more transparent procedure and greater understanding of the needs and issues which inflict every community.

We must continually remember that it is only through our partnerships with the communities we serve that true and equal justice for all will be obtained. For all who serve and protect, we must constantly be aware of our responsibilities to those communities, recognizing that all members of the community, regardless of their human failures, attitudes and perceptions of our profession, deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. We must be firm, vocal and committed in our efforts to rid our profession of all those who bring dishonor and disdain upon it. And to each, I will remind you that it is the community and not the institutions we are employed by, that we serve.

Again, I am truly thankful and honored to have been given the opportunity to lead this great organization. My sincere hope is that each member and those who support us will become constant partners in helping to improve the way policing is both provided and envisioned, so that we will truly have equal justice for all.

Charles P. Wilson
National Chairman