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National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers to Pay Tribute For Efforts Promoting Community Policing

Dated: Thursday September 25, 2014

The National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers, Inc will hold its 2014 Fall Education and Training Conference at the Double Tree by Hilton Tarrytown Hotel, located at 455 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY during the weekend of October 9th through October 11th 2014. The general community is invited to attend.

Themed “Keeping the Community In Community Policing”, the conference will feature a series of workshops on topics of interest to both law enforcement and community members-at-large, and is designed to develop and instill Community Policing as a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies, which support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques, to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime, and assist in the establishment of collaborative partnerships between law enforcement and the individuals and organizations they serve to develop solutions to problems and increase trust in police.

Culminating the three-day event will be an Awards Banquet held on Saturday, October 11th beginning at 7:00 PM, recognizing law enforcement officers and community members who have served the community through enhancing efforts to bring about safe communities and strengthen bonds with their community partners.

Ten members of law enforcement and the community will be recognized for their current, past, and continuing efforts in promoting the concepts of community policing, youth empowerment, and community service. Award recipients are (alphabetical by award category):

Community Policing Award
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
Chief Dean M. Esserman, New Haven, CT Police Department
Atty. Bonita E. Zelman, Esq., New York, NY

Community Service Award
Jim Bostic, Neperhan Community Center, Yonkers, NY
NYPD Detective Yuseff Hamm
Pastor James Hassell, Kingdom Christian Cultural Center, Yonkers, NY

Youth Empowerment Award
Dwayne Cloud, Yonkers, NY Police Department
Good for Girls,Inc, White Plains, NY
Retired NY Correction Captain Christopher Lynch

Presidents Award
F. Wilena Julien, Boston, MA

The keynote address for the evening will be presented by Dr. Joseph F. Ryan, Ph.D., Chair and Director of the Department of Criminal Justice and Security, Pace University. Dr. Ryan is also the recipient of this year’s Leadership Award.

Tickets for the Awards Dinner are set at $90.00 per person, while conference registration is $190.00. Registration for both can be completed online at

For further information regarding conference registrations, workshops, the awards dinner, etc., please contact Sally Thomason, Conference Chair, at 732-469-2690 or by email at

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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