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National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers to Hold 16th Anniversary Conference and Awards Ceremony in October


Dated: Tuesday July 03, 2018

The National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers will present a two-day training session entitled Black and Blue - Healing the Wounds between Police and Citizens at the Best Western Plus Hotel, 201 Washington Ave., North Haven, CT, October 10-12, 2018. This training, hosted locally by the New Haven Guardians Association, will involve the acquisition of effective communication and active listening skills, as well as other community-policing related techniques, designed to enhance and improve the relationships between community members and their law enforcement guardians.

According to Charles Wilson, a retired Police Lieutenant and National Chairman of NABLEO, the conference has been designed for both law enforcement and members of the community. Participants will receive instruction through both lectures and panel discussions specifically configured with both police officers and community members in mind. Designed to be of interest to both law enforcement personnel and their community partners, featured workshops will cover topics designed to provide law enforcement officers with greater tools, knowledge and skills for interacting with people, particularly in communities of color, with topics such as “Prevention of Police Misconduct Through Ethical Decision Making”; “Importance of Front-Line Supervisors”; “Stimulating Community Involvement in Community Policing”; “The Difference Between Lawful Policing and Rightful Policing”, as well as discussions related to mental health issues among first responders and Project Longevity, a national program focusing on a message of anti-violence to empower communities to stay safe. A special session entitled “Has Police Sexual Misconduct Escaped the #METOO Movement”, facilitated by NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Equity and Inclusion, Dr. Tracie Keesee, will be presented Wednesday, October 10th beginning at 6:00PM.

Conference registrations can be made online at Early registration for this program is at the rate of $175.00, per person, until August 31, 2018. Thereafter, regular registration is $200.00 per person, and is open to all members of law enforcement, community groups, businesses, organizations and institutions. “We welcome the participation of every agency in the state, as well as their community partners”, says Wilson. This program is only available to the first 75 registrants. Pre-registration is required for this event and all registrations must be completed NOT LATER THAN OCTOBER 5, 2018. NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THAT DATE.

For further information regarding conference registrations, workshops, speakers, etc., 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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