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NABLEO Mourns the Passing of Oswald "Ozzie" Thompson

Dated: Wednesday September 20, 2006

This September 11th, while the majority of people in the world and New York City particularly shared memories of those lost in the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, a true warrior for the community, Ozzie Thompson, passed gently into the night.

A member and former National Delegate of the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers, a founder and former President of the National Black Police Association, and co-founder of the New York Grand Council of Guardians, Ozzie was the epitome of the phrase "Community Cop", and was one of the most respected among NABLEO's elder statesmen.

Serving 27 years with the New York City Housing Police Department, he retired in 1986, continuing his community services with a wide range of organizations.

Mentor, friend, companion, and confidant - Ozzie will be missed by all who both knew, and knew of, him. We mourn the loss of this great warrior for the community and offer our warm and heartfelt condolences to his family.

The National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers, Inc, a 501.(c).(3) non-profit, is a premier national organization representing the interests and concerns of African American, Latino and other criminal justice practitioners of color serving in law enforcement, corrections, and investigative agencies throughout the United States, and the communities in which they serve.

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