City of Willits welcomes new Police Chief:
Alexis Blaylock Mendocino County’s first female to fill the position
During the Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, Willits City Council meeting, City Manager Stephanie Garrabrant-Sierra announced the hiring of new Willits Police Department Chief Alexis Blaylock. Interim Police Chief Gregory Allen was instrumental in helping the City fill the position, Garrabrant-Sierra told Council members, and she said she was grateful to Gregory for his leadership and support.

Alexis Blaylock,
Willits Police Chief

“This appointment comes after a careful and thorough selection process in which Chief Blaylock proved herself to be an extraordinary candidate and excellent choice. She is starting immediately and will be working with out-going interim Chief Greg Allen, who we will miss tremendously,” said Garrabrant-Sierra in a press release issued the same day.

Chief Blaylock, who is Mendocino County’s first-ever female Police Chief, graduated Summa Cum Laude from California State University San Marcos with a Bachelors degree in Criminology and Justice Studies, and holds several certifications. “She is known for her ability to get things done, her passion and skill in mentoring young officers, her leadership skills, and her strong work ethic,” said the press release.

“I’m truly honored to have been selected to be your Police Chief,” Blaylock told Council members during the online meeting, just after being sworn in. “This is a beautiful town and I look forward to serving… I’m really happy to be here.”

Chief Blaylock has nearly three decades of law enforcement experience ranging from patrol functions, specialized assignments, border crime suppression, internal affairs and juvenile services. She was a sworn member of the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) for almost 25 years, and during that time she spent almost three years teaching Police Investigative Report Writing for the San Diego Community College District.

According to the press release, after retiring from the City of San Diego, Chief Blaylock joined the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) as a training consultant and was responsible for state-wide police training programs and acted as the legislative affairs liaison. She eventually left POST to become a public safety lieutenant at the University of Southern California (USC). During that time, Chief Blaylock assisted in getting legislation passed to benefit the public safety departments of private institutions of higher learning (AB2361, 2016), thus expanding the ability to protect the campus communities. While at USC, she initiated leadership and diversity training for officers, and also developed a mentoring and coaching program at USC to help officers better perform their duties and prepare for advancement.

“Chief Blaylock cares for those less fortunate. During an economic crisis when many SDPD officers could not give monetary contributions to charities, she initiated and led a charity event where officers throughout the city of San Diego donated clothing to homeless men, women, and children. Donated items were cleaned, sorted, and delivered to four organizations within San Diego County who all agreed to distribute the items to those in need. This was a highly successful event where donations exceeded all expectations,” said the press release.

Chief Blaylock grew up in a small town in Florida and is very familiar with the small-town lifestyle. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at the local animal shelter, gardening, decorating, woodworking, and singing.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces former Dallas Police Chief David Brown, the right leader in a time of crisis as choice for THE CHICAGO Police Superintendent.
Former Dallas police Chief David Brown appears with Mayor Lori Lightfoot at City Hall on April 2, 2020, where she announced he's the next Chicago police superintendent. (Abel Uribe / Chicago Tribune)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced her choice of former Dallas police Chief David Brown as the next Chicago police superintendent Thursday, calling him the “humble leader” the city needs to lead it through its violence problem and the unfolding coronavirus emergency.

The selection of Brown, chosen from among the three finalists for the job named by the Chicago Police Board this week, was a crucial choice for Lightfoot, who picked a permanent top cop for the first time since being elected mayor last year.

At a news conference Thursday making the announcement, Lightfoot said Brown in Dallas made it a mission to bring peace to neighborhoods, and led initiatives on accountability and transparency. Highlighting Brown’s lifelong history of overcoming adversity and track record of reducing crime in that city, Lightfoot declared him the best man for the job here.

“In this time, in this moment, the Chicago Police Department — indeed our city— needs this humble leader,” Lightfoot said. “A man of integrity whose mettle was forged in tragedy,” she said, mentioning his time leading the department through a mass shooting in 2016 that took the lives of several police officers.

“I know well that a person’s true character comes through in crisis,” she said, adding Brown stepped up and showed exceptional leadership. She said when she watched news reports about the shooting four years ago, she couldn’t have imagined the day when she would be mayor of Chicago and choosing him to lead the city’s police force.

As the Dallas police chief, Lightfoot said, Brown implemented community policing initiatives, implicit bias training, published never-before-released data on officer-involved shootings and made his city “the first in the nation to institute departmentwide de-escalation training.”
“All of which helped bring Dallas’s violent crime rate down to 50-year lows,” Lightfoot said.

After he was introduced, Brown thanked Lightfoot and offered his condolences to the family of the first police officer to lose his life to COVID-19, a death the mayor had announced earlier in the day.

He said his call to serve crosses city lines, led him from Dallas to Chicago and drives his career.

“It’s a fire in my bones,” he said. “All of us are at our best when we serve others.”

He said he was honored to lead police in Chicago. “Chi-Town,” he said. “That Windy City.”

Brown said in fact, Dallas and Chicago have much in common: “strong, proud and tough.” But asked why he would want to take the job in his new city, Brown responded, “Are you kidding me? The city that produced Michelle Obama and elected Mayor Lightfoot? Sign me up for that.”

He did mention the coronavirus pandemic and said it has shown the value of police officers. Brown pledged to help lead the city out of the crisis.

“We will get our communities up and running again,” Brown said.

Brown’s hiring by Lightfoot awaits official confirmation from the City Council later this month.

The 59-year-old Brown is the third Chicago police superintendent chosen from outside the force since 2008. That year, then-Mayor Richard M. Daley picked longtime FBI veteran Jody Weis as his police boss, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first selection was New Yorker Garry McCarthy, who held the job from 2011 until 2015.

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Amanda Ray Promoted as the CHP's new Deputy Commissioner

"Amanda has spent 30 years dedicating her life to serving the people of California. This appointment makes Amanda the first African American woman to hold the position in the Department's 91-year history."

Warren Stanley, Commissioner, California Highway Patrol

The city of Tracy has hired Oakland police Cpt. Sekou Millington as chief of police
Cpt. Sekou Millington

Millington will begin his new role on Jan. 27, at which time interim Chief Alex Neicu will resume his duties as police captain.

Millington was selected after an extensive national search, multiple community forums and a public survey with residents and business owners, according to a statement from the city.

“It is with great enthusiasm that I appoint Mr. Sekou Millington as Tracy’s next Chief of Police,” City Manager Jenny Haruyama said in the statement. “Chief Millington will bring a leadership approach that embodies inclusivity, innovation and community engagement — all of what are integral to 21st century policing.”

Millington spent the past 19 years serving a number of assignments within Oakland, including community policing, narcotics enforcement and as a liaison with the Drug Enforcement Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshals.

His final assignment with the Oakland Police Department was as commander of the internal affairs division.

Millington earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Union Institute and University in Sacramento and earned his certificate of achievement in criminal justice education from the FBI National Academy at the University of Virginia.

Millington is a member of a number of organizations, including the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, for which he served as a two-term chapter president.

“I look forward to engaging in all aspects of the Tracy community,” Millington said in the statement. “I intend to build upon the police department’s community policing and engagement efforts through collaboration and the tenets of procedural justice: voice, neutrality, respect and trustworthiness.”

Contact reporter Bob Highfill at (209) 546-8277 or jhighfill@recordnet.com. Follow him on Twitter @bobhighfill.

Captain Latasha Wells Amerson appointed Assistant Chief, L.A. World Airports Police Department
Latasha Wells Amerson

In the first week of January, Chief of Airport Police Cecil W. Rhambo, Jr. issued an emergency appointment of Captain Latasha Wells Amerson to assistant chief of the L.A. World Airports Police Department, Office of Operations.

This is the first time in the history of the Los Angeles Airport Police that two out of three LAXPD Assistant Chief positions have been filled from within. Captain Tyrone Stallings was also appointed.

Assistant Chief Latasha Wells Amerson began her law enforcement career with the Los Angeles Airport Police in 1992 and graduated from Rio Hondo Police Academy Class 109.

As a Sergeant, Amerson was a contributor to the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training Safety Guidelines. As the Chief’s Adjutant, Amerson partnered with Airfield Operations to re-write and implement the LAX Security and Airfield Enforcement Program (SAFE), a program dedicated to individual and collective accountability by assigning points for driving, safety, and security infractions on LAX’s Airfield Operations Area (AOA).

In 2005, Amerson was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and was assigned as the officer in charge of internal affairs and background investigations. Between 2005 and 2007 Amerson, along with dedicated airport police background investigators was responsible for facilitating the hiring process for over one hundred new airport police recruits, creating the most continuous and substantial growth of the organization.

As the Executive Officer, Amerson collaborated with the Los Angeles Police Department to form the LAX Crime Task Force; bringing together members of the Airport Police and LAPD’s detective teams. This partnership yielded success in the area of crime reduction, stakeholder and community relations.

In 2011, Amerson was promoted to the rank of captain and held assignments as the commanding officer of professional standards – internal affairs, background investigations, training, the firing range and traffic and security. More recently, Amerson commanded the security access control unit. She and her team of highly skilled and dedicated police and security personnel manage and operate vendor and tenant access to the airfield operation area through the physical inspection of tons of cargo destined for departing aircrafts each year.

On December 16, 2020, Amerson was promoted to airport police commander as the first female officer to obtain this newly implemented rank. However, less than a month later on January 2, 2020 Amerson would be announced as one of two emergency appointed Assistant Chiefs by Chief Cecil W. Rhambo. Amerson’s role as an assistant chief is over the agency’s operations section – patrol, traffic and security, and the crime task force. Nearly 1,000 of the 1,200-person agency will report to Amerson.

Assistant Chief Amerson is also an accomplished Estate Planning/Legacy Preservation Attorney, and business strategist. She obtained a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of West Los Angeles, School of Law where she graduated Cum Laude, and was admitted to the California State Bar in 2006. In 2019, Assistant Chief Amerson received a certification in Women’s Entrepreneurship from Cornell University.

She is an Adjunct Professor at California State University Dominquez Hills teaching Terrorism and Extremism, and Criminal Justice and the Community. She is the author of the college textbook, “Concepts of Historical and Emerging Terrorism.”

Amerson’s professional memberships include the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives – NOBLE where she is the secretary for both Region VI and the Southern California Chapter, the International Chief of Police Association, Federal Bureau of Investigations – Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, and Scholarship Chair of the California Black Campers Association of Southern California.

Amerson has been highly engaged in community work since she was in 10th grade and attending Los Angeles Unified School District. After having started an Elementary Drill Team in 6th Grade, Amerson work with her peers in the community was a natural progression. She started a Community-based drill team with her sister and the support of her parents and neighbors. Amerson was a role model for many teens and young children in the community, providing them an alternative to less productive activity.

In 2012, Amerson founded the Latasha Wells Amerson Leadership Institute, Board Room Leadership Academy (www.lwaleadership.com) where she and her team of volunteers provide mentoring and leadership development opportunities to youth throughout Los Angeles County and beyond by hosting several academic, community, life enhancing events and an annual leadership conference. Her most cherished youth event yet has been “Camping with Cops,” that included three days of human interaction, teambuilding, K9, and CSI demonstrations between members of law enforcement and the youth. Approximately 88 percent of the graduating youth in Amerson’s leadership program have matriculated to college.

She is also the founder of Road Chicks Los Angeles, a women’s support and leisure travel organization providing mentoring and self-care opportunities to busy women. Amerson personally mentors several of the youth and adults.

When she is not working, Assistant Chief Amerson enjoys RV-ing and relaxing with her husband Ken, and their three children. She also enjoys traveling and planning family events.

Assistant Chief Amerson is one of this year's 20th Annual Achievers Award Banquet recepient for Law Enforcement Achievers (Click Here)

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Philadelphia’s new Police Commissioner is
Danielle Outlaw of Portland, Ore.
Mayor Jim Kenney on Monday named Danielle Outlaw, the chief of police in Portland, Ore., as Philadelphia’s police commissioner, marking a new chapter for a 6,500-member force plagued by scandal.Philadelphia’s new Police Commissioner is Danielle Outlaw of Portland, Ore. by Chris Palmer, David Gambacorta and Anna Orso, Updated: December 30, 2019- 10:46 PM

Philadelphia’s new police commissioner is Danielle Outlaw of Portland, Ore.  Mayor Jim Kenney on Monday named Danielle Outlaw, the chief of police in Portland, Ore., as Philadelphia’s police commissioner, marking a new chapter for a 6,500-member force plagued by scandal.

The appointment is a landmark decision for Kenney, just days away from starting his second term, and it comes as the department continues to grapple with fallout from allegations in lawsuits and news accounts that its culture is marred by rampant sexual harassment, discrimination, and racism.


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When picking new police commissioner, Mayor Kenney must listen to real Philadelphians | Malcolm Jenkins | Outlaw, 43, will be the first black woman to lead the city’s police force, and the second woman to take over as commissioner. She will also be the city’s youngest top cop in at least two decades, and with a salary of $285,000, among the city’s highest-paid employees. She is scheduled to start Feb. 10.

She has led Portland’s 877-member force since 2017, after a 20-year career as an officer in her hometown of Oakland, Calif. In Philadelphia, she will oversee seven times as many officers, in a city with a homicide rate five times higher than Portland’s and a significantly higher poverty level.

Philadelphia’s new police commissioner, Danielle Outlaw, speaks at a news conference on Monday, Dec. 30, 2019.  At a news conference Monday afternoon at City Hall, Outlaw expressed confidence that she would be able to handle the new role because she is familiar with 21st century policing and challenges she said translate across cities and police departments.


“I am very qualified to make the jump,” she told a room filled with reporters and city officials. “The issues remain the same. I am very experienced in each of them.”

Kenney said Outlaw was the right person to take on Philadelphia’s host of challenges, including persistent gun violence that continued to rise in 2019.

“I am convinced she has the conviction, courage, and compassion needed to bring long-overdue reform to the department,” Kenney said. “After meeting and speaking with her at length, I came away confident that Danielle Outlaw possesses the strength, integrity, and empathy vital to the tasks ahead.”

What to know about Danielle Outlaw, the first black woman to lead the Philly police

City Managing Director Brian Abernathy said that out of a field of 31 candidates — including 18 from within the Philadelphia Police Department — Outlaw’s directness and intelligence stood out.

“We threw her some curveballs” in interviews, Abernathy said. “And she hit them all out of the park.”

Outlaw’s appointment comes after a four-month search process largely cloaked in secrecy. Christine M. Coulter has been serving as acting commissioner since the abrupt resignation of former Commissioner Richard Ross in August, after a woman accused him in a lawsuit of retaliating against her for breaking off their affair. Ross has denied the allegation.

Stakeholders in the city’s criminal justice and political establishments reacted favorably to Outlaw’s appointment.

“Most of us are very encouraged,” outgoing Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell said of her colleagues in City Hall. “They’re especially happy that she’s a woman — and happy of course that it’s an African American woman — but especially happy that she’s a woman.”

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District Attorney Larry Krasner said: “I am very hopeful and optimistic that she’s going to actually carry out the reforms that she’s spoken of so eloquently.”

U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain said he looks forward to working with Outlaw and appreciates what he said seems like her “no-nonsense streak.”

Rochelle Bilal, president of the Guardian Civic League, a black police officers’ organization, and the incoming sheriff, said the group was disappointed Kenney didn’t appoint a woman of color from within the department, but added that “we are committed to embracing [Outlaw] and ensuring her success here in the city of Philadelphia.”

John McNesby, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, said that the police officers’ union also had hoped an internal candidate would win the job, but that “we look forward to a professional, working partnership with Chief Outlaw that includes making our city safer for our residents and our police officers.”

Former Philadelphia Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey called Outlaw’s selection “a good choice.”

“She’s very bright, very talented,” said Ramsey, who met Outlaw several years ago when he was president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association. The Police Department "is in a position now where an outsider will be a breath of fresh air.”

Outlaw faced several controversies during her two years leading Portland’s force.

Her department was criticized last year for using flash-bang devices and some chemical irritants during a right-wing rally and antifascist counter-protest, and she also made a decision last summer to clear a protest camp that surrounded an ICE office.

This year, after a video showed right-wing activist Andy Ngo being punched by counter-protesters, city officials drew scorn from national figures including Donald Trump Jr. and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), who claimed that officers allowed violence against right-wing activists for political reasons. Portland’s mayor denied that assertion.

Outlaw on Monday defended the department’s handling of protests and demonstrations on her watch, while acknowledging that officials studied ways to improve their practices after the controversies arose.

Daryl Turner, president of the Portland Police Association, the local police union, said Monday that Outlaw was smart and determined, and that “her vision was moving our department forward, and that’s what she did.”

“You’re getting a damn good chief,” Turner said. "We hate to lose her.”

Outlaw will inherit challenges in Philadelphia. The lawsuit that prompted Ross’ resignation also claimed that the Police Department had been overrun by a culture of sexual harassment and discrimination. Those allegations seemed to gain steam when one of Ross’ former high-ranking commanders, Chief Inspector Carl Holmes, was subsequently arrested and charged with sexually assaulting three female officers.

Ross’ departure came less than a week after he had helped negotiate the end to a violent standoff with a gunman in Tioga, who allegedly shot and wounded six cops during a botched drug raid.

Earlier in the summer, more than 300 active-duty cops were accused of posting racist or offensive material on their personal Facebook accounts, a scandal that included other jurisdictions around the country and attracted national attention. It led to the benching of 72 Philadelphia officers and the forced departures of 15 — the department’s largest disciplinary action in recent memory.

After Ross stepped down, Coulter was named interim commissioner, the first woman to lead the department. But she soon had to apologize for a controversy of her own — a photo from the 1990s showing her wearing a shirt that appeared to refer to the infamous Los Angeles police beating of Rodney King.

The tumult has come amid a backdrop of ongoing gun violence: More people have been shot in the city in 2019 than in any year since 2010, and the annual homicide tally has matched last year’s decade-long high.

Abernathy acknowledged those issues in his remarks Monday, noting that the environment in which Outlaw will assume control is different from even a few years ago, when Ross stepped into the commissioner’s office.

Outlaw said she was aware of the challenges, but eager to get to work.

“Yes, it’s a larger city, yes, it’s the same issues on a different scale,” she said. “But I already know there’s some really good people that are working in the Police Department that help can move us forward to where we need to be.”

Posted: December 30, 2019 - 11:44 AM

Los Angeles World Airports Selects
Cecil Rhambo as Chief of Airport Police
October 10, 2019, the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) announced that following a nationwide search, former Assistant Sheriff of the County of Los Angeles Cecil Rhambo has been selected as the new Chief of Airport Police. Upon completion of a background investigation, he will replace and report directly to David L. Maggard, who was named Deputy Executive Director for Law Enforcement and Homeland Security this summer after serving as Chief of Airport Police for three years.

“Cecil Rhambo is a highly respected and regarded law enforcement and municipal leader who has extensive local relationships and experience across a wide variety of law enforcement assignments,” said Deborah Flint, Chief Executive Officer, LAWA. “With his unique background and skillsets, I know he will serve as a great asset and complement to Deputy Executive Director Maggard in leading the incredible men and women who make up our Airport Police Division.”

Rhambo retired in 2014 from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. In his 33 years in the Department, Rhambo developed expertise in areas including municipal patrol, emergency management, community partnerships and employee union relations. As Assistant Chief, his responsibilities included LA Metro’s rail and bus lines, experience that will serve him well as LAWA builds an Automated People Mover train system, which will connect to Metro’s regional rail system when completed in 2023.

“His experience as a key member of the Executive Leadership team for the largest Sheriff’s Department in the United States makes Cecil Rhambo the ideal person to lead the biggest and best dedicated airport police force in the nation,” said David L. Maggard, Deputy Executive Director for Law Enforcement and Homeland Security, LAWA. “As we prepare for major changes at our airports, from the Automated People Mover train to our new consolidated Airport Police Facility, I know Cecil will be a great partner and leader in keeping our employees and guests engaged, safe and secure.”

Rhambo served as City Manager of the City of Compton from 2017 through July 2019 and Assistant City Manager of the City of Carson from 2014 to 2017. In those positions, he focused on budget discipline, relationships with internal and external stakeholders and economic development.

As Chief of Airport Police, Rhambo will lead the nation’s largest dedicated airport law enforcement force, with more than 1,100 sworn and civilian personnel at Los Angeles International (LAX) and Van Nuys (VNY) airports.

He received his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Humboldt State University and his Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University

Pasadena Police Department
It’s official NOBLE Family, Please join me in congratulating Deputy Chief Cheryl Moody, Pasadena Police Department! You make us proud!  (Click here)

AKA Presents Dr. Phlunte’ Riddle, Mother of the Year  -  May 1, 2019

On Saturday, May 11, 2019, the Pasadena Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is sponsoring the 31st Annual Fashionetta Salute to Mothers and Scholarship Luncheon & Fashion Show at the Glendale Hilton from 10 AM – 3 PM. During this year’s event, the 2019 Mother of the Year, Dr. Phlunte’ Riddle, will be honored.

She is a phenomenal woman who has served her community throughout her life. She is a mother, wife, educator, author, community servant, mentor, retired law enforcement officer and motivational speaker. She currently serves as the Director of External Affairs for Assemblymember Chris Holden, is an adjunct professor and has launched her own consulting company, Phlunte’ Riddle & Associates, LLC. Throughout her life, she has strived to make a difference for those around her, especially the underserved.

She moved to Pasadena at the young age of 8 where she started school at Loma Alta Elementary and then matriculated through the Pasadena Public School System. Her immediate and extended family are her passion and her joy. She has been married for 40 years to Eddie Riddle. They are blessed with 3 sons – Ralph, Eric and Justin and three grandbabies.

Beyond her home, Phlunte’ has made a difference in Pasadena. She became a Pasadena police officer in order to help people. Her goal of being helpful lead her to become known as a role model and resource within her community. At the time that she joined the Pasadena police department, there were very few black officers and even fewer black women. This meant that when blacks in the community had a loved one in trouble, they needed help. Phlunte’ gained a reputation within the black community as being a ‘go to’ person within the department because she helped those in need to navigate the system to take care of their loved ones. She made her mark in the Pasadena Police Department where she served in many capacities that included being the first African American female sergeant, lieutenant and Adjutant to the Chief of Police in the history of Pasadena Police Department.

Dr. Riddle has volunteered her time and served the Pasadena community in many ways that are too numerous to name them all. A handful of the commissions/ committees that she has served on are Pasadena Center Operating Company, Foothill Family Services, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives Board (NOBLE), YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley Board of Directors and currently sits on the board of Foothill Unity Center.

In her spare time, Dr. Riddle enjoys reading, going to the beach and traveling. She loves to listen to Smooth Jazz, but will always be a “Motown Girl” where her favorite artists are the Temptations, Smokey & the Miracles, Marvin Gaye and the Four Tops.

Dr. Riddle’s advice to young people is to be involved, help someone else and fi nd value in being you. It will bring great joy. Her life philosophy is to be self-aware through emotional intelligence; be refl ective and intentional on what you do and how you treat others.

The Pasadena Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is very proud to honor Dr. Phlunte’ Riddle as the 2019 Mother of the Year! Sponsors for the 31st Annual Fashionetta are Edison International, AT&T, Southern California Gas Company and Friends of PAIF. If you want to attend Fashionetta and join in this recognition of a deserving woman from our community, you can go to ‘thepaif.org’ to purchase a ticket. Your support is needed and appreciated.

Sheriff Sgt. Ron Helus "died a hero" after being shot by a gunman who killed 11 others at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.

Helus was among the first to arrive on the scene, entering the bar with a California Highway Patrol officer. Helus exchanged gunfire with the suspect, before being shot multiple times. Helus died at the hospital Thursday morning.

Helus, a 29-year veteran of the department, was looking to retire "in the next year or so," Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said.

"Ron was a hard-working, dedicated sheriff’s sergeant," said Dean, trying to hold back tears. "He was totally committed. He gave his all. Tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero because he went in to save lives, to save other people."

Helus, 54, is survived by his wife, Karen, and their 24-year-old son, Jordan.

The Woolsey Fire 
We pray for you and your families as they battle the Woolsey Fire. The Woolsey Fire has scorched 83,275 acres and devoured more than 175 structures. ... The Woolsey Fire continues burning on both sides of the 101 freeway. It has torched hillsides and coastline across 83,275 acres of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and destroyed more than 170 buildings, from the beaches to the Valley. Nov. 11, 2018, 5:30 PM 

Byford “Peter” Whittengham

After spending most of my adult life in uniform...approximately 43 years of service in law enforcement (nine years and three months in the Jamaica Police Department, three and a half years with USC Campus Police Department, and 30 years, six months, and eight days with LAPD), I am hanging up my uniform and returning to civilian life...Saturday, November 10, 2018, will be my last day as a police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department.

Over the past 43 years, I have grown personally and professionally in the field of law enforcement, thanks to the many friends I have met along the way. While they are far too many to mention here, Vance (Jamaica Police Department), Stan (USC), and Ronnie (LAPD) came to mind. Although I cannot forget the many lessons learned from the challenges/obstacles encountered along the way, I am most comforted when I look back on some of the more memorable accomplishments that I was associated with, most of which benefitted others, more so than myself personally: The work done with Ronnie to highlight disparity in the promotional system within LAPD; effective proactive strategies (with community activists, like Bo Taylor) to reduce gang crime, which eventually evolved into LA’s flagship gang intervention/prevention program, “GRYD;” indirectly influencing the reform of the LAPD disciplinary process; the professional development of many in my chain to upgrade and/or promote in rank, and helping to bridge the gap between police and community members/non-active/former gang members in South Los Angeles.

Thanks for the pleasant memories to all those who have worked with/for me in LAPD, and a special shout-out goes to the many civilian employees I had the pleasure of working with over the years...Prima (Hollywood), Sonia (North Hollywood), and Michelle (South Bureau Homicide) just to name a few, came to mind. I now look forward to the joys that will come from not having a daily calendar, “painting outside the lines” a bit during retirement, and the pleasure of spending all available time with my loving wife and supportive children…I now have all the time in the world to do whatever they want me to do, and according to their schedule. Thanks again to the LAPD for the giving me the opportunity to serve the people of this great city for the past 30 years. To God be the glory!




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Darius Potts, Ankeny's first black police chief
SEPTEMBER 14, 2018
Darius Potts, Ankeny's first black police chief, ready to meet rapidly growing city's needs. When Darius Potts took his oath of office Aug. 20, he became the first black police chief in Ankeny's history. He is widely believed to be the first in the Des Moines metro and one of only a few in the state.

The Chicago native said he sees and welcomes the significance of that milestone.

"It is good, overall, for other people — kids, society — to see different faces," he said. "It shows progression. To the African-American community, I think it's important to see somebody at a position like this."

A 26-year law enforcement veteran, Potts has replaced the retired Gary Mikulec at the head of the city's department of nearly 65 officers. Once a lieutenant at the Phoenix, Arizona, Police Department, which employs nearly 3,000 officers, he now leads the department for the fourth-fastest growing city in the nation.

That's something that will come with unique challenges, he said.

"That growth is fast," he said. "We need more resources and more officers to keep up."

Ankeny Police Chief Darius Potts at his office Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. Chief Potts is an ISU grad and spent several years in Arizona before moving back to Iowa earlier this year for the job.Buy Photo
Ankeny Police Chief Darius Potts at his office Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. Chief Potts is an ISU grad and spent several years in Arizona before moving back to Iowa earlier this year for the job. (Photo: Rodney White/The Register)

Potts didn't originally think he'd spend his professional life wearing a badge and a gun. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1989 with a degree in telecommunicative arts with aspirations of a career as a famous disc jockey.

The ensuing search for his first radio gig made him reconsider.

"I sent out audition tapes and all kind of stuff, and just didn't get the response that I needed," he said. "The offers were minimum wage at the time — like, $3 an hour (or) something like that — I couldn't live off that; I was living with my parents."

His father, an Air Force veteran, suggested he seek a job in law enforcement, so Potts sent out applications and was hired in Phoenix.

He found the work fulfilled his desire to make an impact on his surroundings. He said he also drew motivation from watching his brother struggle with an addiction to drugs.

"I saw the devastation it did," he said. "That was the driving force — that I wanted to make a change."

Potts spent 23 years with the Phoenix police force and retired as a lieutenant. In 2015, he joined the Arizona Department of Public Safety to help build their squad that performs undercover drug wiretaps. He spent three months as interim police chief in El Mirage, Arizona, earlier this year, while still employed with the Arizona DPS.

When Potts was sworn in as Ankeny's chief in August, city manager David Jones said the city of Ankeny valued the longevity and varied experience he brought to the position.

City staff confirmed that Potts is the first black chief in the city's history. Representatives of the Iowa Police Chiefs Association, the Iowa chapter of the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives and Polk County Sheriff Bill McCarthy all said that, by their recollection, Potts is the first in the Des Moines metro area.

Ankeny's population is predominantly white. The latest U.S. Census Bureau data shows the population in 2016 was 94.1 percent white, 1.2 percent black and 2.2 percent Asian.

Ankeny Police Chief Darius Potts at his office Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. Chief Potts is an ISU grad and spent several years in Arizona before moving back to Iowa earlier this year for the job.Buy Photo
Ankeny Police Chief Darius Potts at his office Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. Chief Potts is an ISU grad and spent several years in Arizona before moving back to Iowa earlier this year for the job.

Potts said he was glad for the opportunity to return to Iowa, his wife Renee's home state, where he and his wife could become more a part of a community than he had been while living in the suburbs of Phoenix. The couple has two children, Darius Jr. and Savannah.

"When I was a police officer in Phoenix, we lived in Chandler — we didn't live in Phoenix," he said. "So I wanted to come and be a part of this rapidly growing city."

In Ankeny, Potts inherits a department in a community that could more than double in population by 2040, according to city projections. He said he has already noticed the pace of police calls surprisingly compares to his time working at his Phoenix precinct.

"I have a radio on in my office. I hear the calls going constantly during rush hour during the daytime," he said. "I thought it would be a little bit slower pace, but it’s really not."

He said as chief, he hopes to concentrate on strengthening the department's relationship with the community through outreach at schools, neighborhood events and other opportunities. He said the department is putting together a community engagement team to lead the effort.

Glendale Police Commander Andre Anderson stands in front of the Ferguson exhibit at the National Law Enforcement Museum
Glendale Police Commander Andre Anderson stands in front of the Ferguson exhibit at the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C. His Ferguson police chief’s uniform is behind him.

Glendale Police Dept. commander makes history
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Ferguson’s former interim police chief, Andre Anderson, featured in inaugural exhibit at National Law Enforcement Museum.

Glendale Police Commander Andre Anderson stands in front of the Ferguson exhibit at the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C. His Ferguson police chief’s uniform is behind him.

The service and work of Andre Anderson, who served as Ferguson, Mo.’s interim police chief and first African American to lead that department, will be chronicled in a special exhibit at the New National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C.

Anderson is a commander with the Glendale Police Department. In July 2015, he took a six-month leave of absence from Glendale to serve as Ferguson’s interim police chief and continued to work as a consultant for the department several months after his return to Arizona.

The suburban St. Louis community was thrust into the international spotlight following the August 2014 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen by then-Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.

That event, coupled with the grand jury’s decision several months later not to indict Wilson, resulted in months of civil unrest and animosity toward the Ferguson Police Department.

The new museum on the National Mall held a special dedication ceremony Oct. 11, before opening its doors to the public Oct. 13.

The facility features a world-class collection of more than 20,000 artifacts that depicts American law enforcement through community relationships, historic events, educational interactive exhibits and pop culture.

Anderson donated his Ferguson police chief’s uniform for the museum’s History Time Capsule exhibit, which will highlight his work and experiences there.

“I am elated to be considered a part of this history and feel blessed to be a part of something that makes your parents proud,” Anderson said. “The work the community allowed me to do in Ferguson can never be underscored, because so many people there strived very hard to achieve unity.”

During his tenure in Ferguson, Anderson worked with the U.S Justice Department to reach a settlement agreement with the city, implemented several community policing and community engagement programs and increased the hiring and promotion of qualified minorities within the department.

“This (recognition) provides an example of how the voices of many can be heard by police officers who serve a united cause focused on justice, service and respect,” Anderson said.



Birmingham Mayor selects Patrick Smith as new Police Chief
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin has chosen Tuscaloosa native Patrick Smith as the new chief of police for the city. The announcement was made Monday afternoon.

Smith comes to Birmingham from the Los Angeles Police Department where he has 28 years of law enforcement experience. He started working for the LAPD in 1990 as an officer and was promoted in 2007 to Lieutenant. In 2010, he was promoted to Captain and in 2015, Commander of the Police Sciences and Training Bureau.

Smith is a Tuscaloosa native and Alabama fan who served in the United States Marine Corps from 1982 to 1989.

“I believe that a positive working relationship with my community is vital in the success of any police organization,” Chief Smith said. “I strongly believe in working with the various communities to build bridges and sustain public trust while motivating, training and encouraging employees to achieve crime reduction goals and strategies.”

“Chief Smith is dedicated to bridge building. He understands that a department is only as strong as the community it serves. As he works to build a better department, he will also be working to sustain public trust and bring real change to our communities. We’ll be stronger both behind the badge and in front of it,” said Mayor Woodfin.


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Chief Derek Williams
Chief Derek Williams began his law enforcement career in 1991 with the Ontario Police Department. Before becoming a police officer, he was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force.

Chief Williams has an Associate's Degree from San Bernardino Valley College and a Bachelor's Degree from California Baptist University.

After graduating from the 103rd class of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Academy, Chief Williams worked as a Patrol Officer. He was later selected to start the Bicycle Program at the Ontario Police Department.

During his career, Chief Williams worked many assignments; he was assigned to Narcotics as an Officer and Detective, assigned to the Ontario Mills Mall, worked as a Field Training Officer, was a member of the department's SWAT Team, and supervised the Personnel and Training Division. Before being promoted to Chief, he was the Deputy Chief of Police.

In December 2010, Chief Williams graduated from the Los Angeles Police Department Leadership Program, formally known as The West Point Leadership Program. In 2016 he also became a graduate of class 263 from the FBI National Academy.  http://www.ontarioca.gov/police/office-chief

Congratulating our very own Ivory Freeman
Please join us in congratulating our very own Ivory Freeman Los Angeles Probation Department who recently Graduated from LA County Sheriff’s Department- Deputy Leadership Institute. We are so proud of you! 
Picture from left to right, Robin Williams Deputy Supervisor, Assistant Sheriff Eddie Rivero,
Ivory Freeman,and Lori Placide Director

Protesters called him ‘Uncle Tom.’  
by Marcos Breton

Updated March 27, 2018 09:13 PM

Protesters mourning the death of Stephon Clark vented their frustration and grief at all the California Highway Patrol officers blocking their path on I Street as they attempted to shut down Interstate 5 on Friday.

But one officer was berated more personally and intensely than any other cop from a special CHP tactical unit wearing riot gear that day.

CHP Sgt. Ron Wade, 45, was the lone African American in a group of roughly 30 officers lined up in formation on I Street near the onramp to northbound lanes of Interstate 5.

While other officers drew the attention and ire of individual protesters, Wade became a focal point. Witnesses said five or six protesters descended upon him.

They called him an “Uncle Tom” and some of the worst names that an African American man can be called by other African Americans. They labeled him a tool for the white man, disparaged his family, his upbringing.


They were protesting the March 18 shooting death of Clark, unarmed and holding a cellphone, at the hands of the Sacramento police. Those who took to the streets eyed the black officer in their path and saw the embodiment of a sellout.

By wearing a CHP uniform, he was viewed by protesters as a traitor to his people, a conspirator in a criminal justice system where young African American men like Clark are overrepresented in fatal shootings by cops.

“It seemed to go on for an hour,” Wade said.

Wade is a husband and a father, a graduate of Elk Grove High School and a CHP veteran of more than 20 years. He took the abuse because that’s how the CHP trained him.

As a member of the Special Response Team deployed during incidents of civil unrest, Wade and his colleagues have been subjected to intense verbal abuse during training exercises at the CHP Academy in West Sacramento.

“Our stoic stance is part of our training,” he said in an interview Monday. “Protesting is their right and it’s not my job to tell them that their cause is right or wrong. It’s my job to keep them safe.”

Wade acknowledged that what he heard Friday got to him. Hurt him. Stayed with him.

What was the worst of it?

“When they told me that I wasn’t black,” Wade said. “Because no matter what, I’m always going to be black. I’m on this job to help people, no matter what race they are,”

“In the big picture, I brought it home with me … It was hurtful all the way around. I wanted to tell them, ‘You don’t know me. Get to know me.’”

To know Wade is to understand that CHP training alone did not enable him to keep his cool so he could help keep the peace in Sacramento.

Wade drew upon more personal training he received at home, long before he ever considered being a cop.

He is the eldest son of Ron Wade Sr., a U.S. Navy veteran. His father taught him: “Words are just words.”

Wade needed to learn this because he experienced racism as a young person during the many stops his family made while his father climbed the ranks in the Navy.

“When I grew up, you would be called racial slurs, especially when we lived in South Carolina and North Carolina,” he said.

“But if I got into a fight at school, I had to deal with my father when I got home,” he said. “...To him, the only justification for being physical was if somebody physically attacked you. Words were just words. I think that helped me a lot on Friday, dealing with the barrage I received.”

Wade said he called his father over the weekend, told him what he experienced and thanked him.

“I said, ‘Thank you for how you raised me,’” Wade said. “Because it allowed me to stand there and to be receptive. To hear what they had to say.”

“He said, ‘Good job, son.’ He wasn’t surprised I was able to do what I did.”

Wade allowed people to express free speech. He kept them safe. And he felt compassion for the people venting at him.

“My parents pushed us and motivated us to care for other people,” he said. “I chose the Highway Patrol because we get to do more than showing up after something bad has happened. We help people.”

Wade said he was particularly touched by one young man, in his early 20s, who told him he was a relative of Clark.

“My emotions transitioned from anger to feeling bad. People are standing in front of you crying and they are really upset. You can’t demean it and you can’t question it. You have to be compassionate. You just do.”

Wade said that when protesters realized they weren’t going to access I-5, and when the cameras and media went away, he reached out to the young man who had been calling him names.

“As I was talking to him, his sister was standing to his left and she kind of calmed down. She wanted to hear my words,”

“I told him we couldn’t have a real conversation in this environment. There were things I had to watch and I was responsible for.” Wade said he invited the young man to call him. He wants to sit with him, talk to him, hear him.

Wade said compassion is the only way to solve disputes between people.

“He hasn’t called yet but I hope he does,” Wade said. “I feel like I’ve been given so much by my family that I want to give back. Even that day when I was on the line going through what I went through, I felt like I was giving back.”

“If people vent at us, that’s OK. If nothing else, they had to a chance to vent their frustration and even with all that, they were safe.”



Hello All,

Join me in congratulating
Amanda Snowden who was just promoted to Assistant Commissioner Staff, California Highway Patrol.  She's the First Female African American to hold this rank in the CHP.

Chris Waters, President

September 8, 2017, the Dodgers honored the three highest ranking female officers from the LAPD, LA County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol with the Dodgers’ Community Hero Award.  LAPD Assistant Chief and Director of the Office of Special Operations Bea Girmala; L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Chief Karyn Mannis and CHP Assistant Chief Amanda Ray Snowden tossed the night’s ceremonial first pitches.

Good Afternoon All,

I hope you are enjoying your New Year’s Day as I am.  What a great 2017, we had.  With several victories including the inception of our CSUDH Collegiate Chapter, and much, much more.  Please note, our next Meeting is Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at 10 AM, and mark your calendar for March 24, 2018, for our Achiever Dinner 2018!  

See You on the January 20th,

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Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday, February 9, 2018, announced the appointment of Warren Stanley, 56, as Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol.

Stanley, who has climbed the ranks at the state’s law enforcement agency since 1982, most recently served as the department’s acting commissioner following the departure of former Commissioner Joe Farrow. Farrow accepted a position as chief of police at UC Davis last August.

“I am extremely honored and proud to accept this appointment and serve as your Commissioner,” Stanley said in a CHP Facebook post on Friday. “I vow to continue the CHP’s long and distinguished legacy of providing Safety, Service, and Security to the people of California and lead a Department committed to earning the public’s trust every day.”

Stanley’s experience includes working as field training officer, lieutenant of the Border Division Investigative Services Unit and later commander of the California Highway Patrol Academy, the announcement said.

Before his post as acting commissioner, Stanley was the agency’s deputy commissioner and was responsible for the CHP’s day-to-day operations and its 11,000 employees, a CHP statement said.

Stanley earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Los Angeles, and graduated from the FBI, National Executive Institute, a training program for the bureau’s executives and law enforcement leaders across the county.

He was raised in Merced County’s Dos Palos and was one of 12 children in his family, according to a Fresno Bee story. Stanley is the agency’s first black commissioner, the CHP said.

Brown’s appointment will need Senate approval. The commissioner’s annual salary is $258,286.08.

Gerald Freeny selected President
for the 2018-2019 Tournament of Roses

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Board of Directors has confirmed Gerald Freeny as President for the 2018-2019 Tournament of Roses year. Freeny is the first African-American to serve in the position as President. He will provide leadership for the 130th Rose Parade   presented by Honda and the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual on Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

Freeny announced  “ The Melody of Life”  as the Pasadena Tournament of Roses theme to encourage creativity in float entries, marching bands and equestrian participants. “The 2019 theme, ‘The Melody of Life,’ celebrates music, the universal language,” shared Freeny. “Music has the power to not only bring us together but take us back to memories and moments as nothing else can. Rhythm, melody, harmony and color all come together to create the soundtrack that defines our lives.”

Freeny has been a volunteer member of the Tournament of Roses Association since 1988. In addition to his many years of service in the Tournament of Roses, his community involvement has included; president of the San Gabriel chapter of NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives), the Pasadena Police Foundation Board, Pasadena Police Citizens Academy, Pasadena Rose Bowl Aquatics Board, University Club, Pasadena YMCA Board, Black Support Group at Cal State LA, Urban League Board of Governors, United Way Fundraising Committee, Toast Masters and the Pasadena NAACP. Freeny has been on the Advisory Board of the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation since 2016, and is also a member of Legacy’s Museum Committee.

He attended Pasadena Christian School and John Muir High School in Pasadena, and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from California State University, Los Angeles. Freeny is a member of both the Kappa Alpha Psi and Gamma Zeta Boulé of Sigma Pi Phi fraternities. Gerald resides in Altadena with his wife, Trina, and their daughter, Erica.

SCC NOBLE Health Fair Presentation
Hello NOBLE Family,

Thanks to you all for making the 2017, SCC NOBLE Health Fair Presentation at the 118th Street Elementary School Elementary School a huge success! Approx 150 students were educated on dental hygiene, received dental kits with toothbrushes, tooth paste, floss, etc. We also had to Take 25, thanks to CHP NOBLE Officer Camron Servio who taught students about Stranger Danger. Great job

Special Thanks to Dr. Robert Vaca, Dave Efferson, Ivory Freeman and newly appointed CHP Captain Tariq Johnson for coordinating this event. Job well done!

Thanks again. We will be posting all of the photos on our website and sending some to Region VI and NOBLE National along with are photos from the Compton Turkey giveaway. Mark your calendars now for the”Big Christmas” give away December 23, 2017, 0800-1200 at First AME Church. We need you to come out and help us give out food, toys and coats and sweaters to those in need. If you know someone in need let them know. Also if you have any new or clean and slightly used coats, sweaters, scarves, hats or gloves please bring them to our December 9th meeting (don’t forget to vote and bring your ballot or email it in) or let me know and I can make arrangements to have them picked up. “To him/her that much is given much is required”. We are blessed beyond compare. Please share your blessing with others!

Chris Waters  

Monday, November 13, 2017
 Last night’s Human Trafficking Training was great. This was the Collegiate Chapter’s first event and it was a huge success! We are so proud of President Slater and the Collegiate Chapter Board. They are off to a great start!

We thank our guest speaker Sgt Jeff Walker, LACSD, who rose to the occasion at such short notice due to
a medical emergency to LT Andre Dawson. Let’s keep him in our thoughts and prayers.

We also thank Dr Marie Palladini CSUDH and Ms Michelle Tege who flew out all the way from NOBLE National to give support!

Thanks so much to all of you who attended the training and stayed to network with the College students as well.

Chris Waters, President


Our 13th Annual Turkey Giveaway and Health Fair was held on Tuesday, November 21st.

Also, if you missed the Collegiate Chapter’s Human Trafficking Training and Networking Opportunity, you missed a treat! We had over 100 students sign-in! Thanks to Sergeant Jeff Walker, L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. who stepped in at the last minute to cover for Retired Lieutenant Andre Dawson, who had a medical emergency. Keep him lifted in prayer.

We also thank Drs. Marie Pallidini, Gus Martin and other Cal State Dominguez Hills Faculty for their support. We would be remiss if we did not thank Ms. Michelle Tege, who came out from NOBLE National to show support. Congrats President Monique Slater and the SCC Collegiate Board and Chapter-job well done! You’re off to a great start! Check out our website later today for additional photos!

Derrick Abell Named New Manhattan Beach Police Chief
The City of Manhattan Beach has announced the promotion and appointment of Police Captain Derrick Abell to police chief. Police Captain Derrick Abell has served the City of Manhattan Beach’s Police Department for 27 years, starting as a patrol officer in 1991 and most recently as field operations division captain since 2015.

“I am honored to lead the men and women of the Manhattan Beach Police Department and serve the residents of Manhattan Beach," said Abell in a statement. "As police chief, I will be committed to leading by example, establishing thriving community relationships, and maintaining a priority on performance excellence.”

Abell has been responsible for implementing goals of the Manhattan Beach Police Department’s Strategic Plan by improving customer service, promoting career development and training, increasing personal accountability, developing city youth, and recognizing underrepresented portions of the community. Additionally, Abell has developed the less lethal flexible baton round shotgun policy and managed public safety for large-scale special events such as the Hometown Fair and the AVP Manhattan Beach Volleyball Tournament.

“Captain Abell is not only a 27-year veteran of the Manhattan Beach Police Department, he is also football coach at Mira Costa High School and is dedicated to our community. I know that his calm, intelligent leadership style will benefit the men and women of our police department, as well as every resident in Manhattan Beach. I am so proud of him and happy that we had a terrific succession plan in place, for which I thank outgoing Chief Eve Irvine,” said Mayor Amy Howorth in a statement.

In his time at the city, Captain Abell has held numerous positions with the Manhattan Beach Police Department including acting police chief, acting human resources director, administrative division commander, police lieutenant, police sergeant, SWAT team commander, and narcotics detective - earning him 16 commendations with the Police Department.

“I appoint Captain Derrick Abell without any hesitation. Throughout his career, he has consistently showcased himself as a proven leader amongst his peers in law enforcement and within the community,” said City Manager Mark Danaj. “I am confident Captain Abell will continue the high level of service the Manhattan Beach Police Department provides and uphold the high standards our community expects as police chief.”

Abell has proven to be a community leader by mentoring and developing youth as a high school football coach at Torrance and Mira Costa High School during the last decade. Abell is a graduate of Leadership Manhattan Beach Class 2010 and regularly conducts physical fitness training classes for city staff members.

Abell was born in Los Angeles and grew up in a single-parent household with his mother in Inglewood, California. During an early period of his youth, Abell was relocated to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia with his family for two years. He earned an athletic football scholarship to attend Montana State University, and went on to earn a B.A. in speech communications, with an emphasis in public relations, and serve as a member of the school’s 1984 National Championship Football Team. He earned a master's degree in emergency services management from Trident International University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Abell began his law enforcement career with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in December of 1988, and after completion of training worked the Inmate Reception Center at Men’s Central Jail, and eventually was assigned to train new deputies. He was selected by his peers and subordinates as the “Officer of the Year” in 1999 for his hard work, dedication and accomplishments. He currently serves as a member of the California Police Chiefs Association Executive Board and Training Committee.

Deputy Chief LaTesha Watson of the Arlington, Texas, Police Department has been selected as Henderson’s new police chief
Henderson City Manager Bob Murnane has announced that Deputy Chief LaTesha Watson of the Arlington, Texas, Police Department has been selected as Henderson’s new police chief.

“Latesha Watson brings proven leadership skills, extensive law enforcement experience and a vision for building on the success of the Henderson Police Department to the role of police chief. As the next leader of our police force, her number one job will be making sure Henderson remains one of the safest cities in America,” Murnane said. “We look forward to welcoming her to Henderson and to the innovative new ideas she will bring to the department from her more than two decades in the law enforcement field and strong academic background.”

No official start date for Watson has been announced. The mayor and City Council will be asked to ratify Watson’s selection at an upcoming City Council meeting before she can assume the official title of police chief.

Watson began her law enforcement career in 1994 with the Hutchins Police Department in Hutchins, Texas, and worked for the Lewisville Police Department in Lewisville, Texas, before joining the Arlington, Texas, Police Department in 2002. She was named deputy chief in 2014, becoming the youngest individual to hold that position in the history of the department.

In addition to her law enforcement experience, Watson has a strong academic background that includes earning a doctorate in Management and Organizational Leadership, a Master of Science in Criminology and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. She is also an accomplished researcher who has studied police management, the history of policing and diversity issues in law enforcement. Watson’s full biography is available upon request.

The search for the Henderson police chief was launched in June of this year and nearly 90 applicants were screened for the position. Recruitment services for the search were provided by the firm of Ralph Andersen & Associates.

For The First Time in History,
North Carolina Has 6 Black Female Police Chiefs

“We’ve broken a glass ceiling.”
By Lilly Workneh

Six black women currently hold the title of police chief in North Carolina, marking the first time this has happened in state history, according to WRAL ...

Among them are Raleigh’s Cassandra Deck-Brown, Durham’s C.J. Davis, Morrisville’s Patrice Andrews and Fayetteville’s Gina Hawkins, all of whom spoke to the local station last week about their experiences being women of color in leadership positions within the force. The women opened up about what’s it like being in the male-dominated field and the obstacles they’ve overcome. Women only make up 13 percent of the police force in America, according to the National Center for Women and Policing.

“We’ve broken a glass ceiling,” Deck-Brown told WRAL’s Lena Tillett. “So, becoming chief, the honor is knowing that somebody else has that opportunity to get there.”

The women, who said they often feel the need to do more to prove their abilities to men who may doubt them, have over 100 years of experience among them. Andrews, who was sworn in to her position in Morrisville last year, was the fourth black female police chief appointed in her area. Others, like Hawkins, who began as Fayetteville’s police chief in June, became the first woman and first minority in the city to do so.

The police chiefs recognize the existing tensions between cops and the black community and the unique challenges they face in building trust while keeping communities safe. The women acknowledged that compassion, empathy and communication were among the key traits they display on the job ? and that these qualities can contribute to a positive change in the way cops police communities, especially those where people of color are specifically targeted.“

This is a paradigm shift in policing,” Deck-Brown said. “This is what 21st century [policing] looks like. All we need is the opportunity. Some do it better than others, but we need the opportunity.”

As a mother of black children, Hawkins said she does her job while also reckoning with the racism that law enforcement officers can perpetuate.

“We’ve always been of color,” Hawkins said. “We’ve always had those family members, and that conversation that we have with our family members and our friends doesn’t change because we happen to have our uniform on.”

Black women have been among the fiercest leaders to call out racism in America, including Nakia Jones, a black police officer from Ohio who issued an impassioned plea in a viral video she made in response to the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling in Louisiana last year.

“It bothers me when I hear people say, ‘Y’all police officers this, y’all police officers that.’ They put us in this negative category when I’m saying to myself, ‘I’m not that type of police officer.’ I know officers that are like me that would give their life for other people,” Jones says in the video, going on to call out and condemn racist police officers.
“If this is not where you want to work, then you need to take your behind somewhere else,” she adds.


PORTLAND, Ore. — Danielle Outlaw of the Oakland Police Department has been named the new Portland Police chief.

Mayor Ted Wheeler announced Outlaw has been selected for the position. She has spent 19 years with the Oakland Police Department, most recently as deputy police chief since 2013.

“My life’s passion is policing. I want to make a positive difference in the lives of my fellow officers and the residents of the community,” said Outlaw. “Portland is an amazing city. I am humbled by the tremendous opportunity in front of me, and am ready to get to work.”

Outlaw will begin her new job no later than Oct. 2. She'll become the city's first female African American chief.

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Detroit Deputy Chief Ulysha Renee Hall who'll be the first female to serve as police chief in Dallas, TX
DALLAS - The Dallas Police Department has a new police chief.

City Manager T.C. Broadnax has hired Detroit Deputy Chief Ulysha Renee Hall, who'll be the first female to serve as police chief in Dallas.

In her new leadership role with Dallas police, Hall said she hopes to continue her work building a bridge between the community and police. "The most important thing that we need to know is that it takes the entire city to police any city," she said Wednesday during a news conference out of Detroit. "Whether that is Detroit of Dallas, we need everybody, all hands on deck, everybody working together."

During her time with the Detroit Police Department, Hall established and oversaw a neighborhood policing program that worked to create a relationship between minority communities and officers. According to a city of Dallas statement, Detroit saw a 40-year low in homicides and "double-digit reductions in violent crime for three consecutive years" at a time she served with the department.

Hall's father, Officer Ulysses Brown, was killed in the line of duty on Aug. 20, 1971 in Detroit. She was just six months old at the time, according to Detroit's ABC station, WXYZ. Brown was working for a unit formed to crackdown on prostitution when he was shot dead by an unknown assailant, the Detroit station reported. "My father not being there meant the same thing as every other child in Detroit or around the world growing up without a father," she told WXYZ. "It has an impact." Almost 26 years later, her father's murder remains one of Detroit's oldest unsolved cases.
At the age of 29, she began her service with the Detroit Police Department.

When asked about advice for other women in law enforcement, Hall said "anything is possible."
"What I need women to know is we kind of do it a little different, a little better, a little more nurturing by nature," she said. "We add that little something special to law enforcement that truly, truly calms the savage beast ... Any young lady interested in law enforcement, go after your dreams, follow your heart and one day you too can stand as a chief of police in a major city."

From Dallas, Broadnax also addressed the historic aspect of Hall's hiring. "I think it speaks volumes to where this city is," he said of the first female police chief. "I think it speaks volumes to her police and law enforcement background. And I think it should be significant." There were eight finalists to replace former Chief David Brown. One of the finalists, Chief Steve Dye, of Grand Prairie, dropped out. The list included Dallas Deputy Chiefs Malik Aziz and Rick Watson,d Dallas Assistant Chief Gary Tittle, Seattle Deputy Chief Carmen Best, Detroit Deputy Chief U. Renee Hall, Los Angeles First Assistant Chief Michel Moore and Assistant Chief Luther Reynolds, of Montgomery County, MD.

The city launched a nationwide search after Brown retired in October. The candidates toured the city last week and met with citizens, police associations and the Dallas City Council. Broadnax listened to people’s viewpoints but the decision was his to make.
The new chief faces big challenges, including low morale, failing pensions and a dwindling police department. Broadnax went to the council to ask for a higher salary to pay the new chief. Hall will start her role as Dallas police chief on September 5.

Gina Hawkins, Deputy Chief of the Clayton County, Georgia, Police Department, was announced Tuesday as Fayetteville’s Police Chief.

Gina Hawkins, deputy chief of the Clayton County, Georgia, Police Department, was announced Tuesday as Fayetteville’s police chief.

Hawkins, who will start Aug. 14, will become the first woman and first minority to serve in the permanent position of police chief for Fayetteville. She said in a statement released by the city that she is thrilled and looks forward to “hitting the ground running” soon.

“Being able to serve as the police chief for the City of Fayetteville is a tremendous honor, and I will be fulfilling one of my long-term career goals,” she said. “The Police Department is best in class and values community policing while they are engaged with problem solving.”

City Manager Doug Hewett made the announcement in the City Hall council chambers, culminating a search that began in February to replace Chief Harold Medlock. Medlock announced his intention to retire in September and took a medical leave of absence that started in October and carried through his last day in December.

Hewett said he was impressed with Hawkins’ ability to listen and understand the needs of the community, her attention to detail, and her ability to adapt and evolve. He said he also liked her sense of humor while working in a serious, demanding profession and her ability to connect with people.

Hawkins said in a telephone interview that her leadership style includes engaging and listening.

“I try to pull the best out of everyone,” she said.

Hawkins has developed a reputation as a no-nonsense cop during her 28 years in law enforcement. She said she sees that as holding people accountable, upholding standards and keeping things on track.

“I know the Fayetteville Police Department is doing that,” she said. “I don’t see 'no-nonsense' as a problem.”

Hawkins said she would have to wait to determine the challenges she faces, but said she’s not afraid to deal with them. She said crime is always an issue, even when it goes down.

“We’re always going to be trying to decrease crime,” she said. “We’re never going to get complacent.”

Hawkins has served in the state of Georgia for her entire career. She was born in Columbus, Ohio, and attended N.C. Central University in Durham for two years before starting her career in 1988 with the Atlanta Police Department.

She has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Georgia State University and a master's in management from Johns Hopkins University. She graduated the FBI National Academy and the Senior Management Insititute for Police at Boston University.

As a deputy chief with the Clayton County police force, she has overseen the field operations and support services commands for the county of roughly 278,000 people.

Hawkins will make $140,000 as Fayetteville’s police chief. She will manage 433 sworn and 187 non-sworn employees and a $53.9 million budget.

Two other candidates were in the running for the job, including Anthony Kelly, who has been interim chief since Medlock’s retirement. The other was James Hinson Jr., a deputy chief in the Greensboro Police Department.

Hewett said Kelly has pledged his “100 percent” support to make Hawkins’ tenure a success. Hewett said he holds Kelly in high regard and praised the interim chief for how he has led the department.

“I really felt that Chief Hawkins’ experience, skills and abilities are what we need to move us even further,” he said.

Hawkins said in the statement that she looks forward to working with Kelly. She said he has done an excellent job as interim chief and that she expects to learn many great things from him.

“Fayetteville is a great city heading in the right direction, and I am excited to serve and work with its residents,” she said.

In the interview, Hawkins said she sees Kelly’s service to the department as a bonus.

“He’s still the assistant chief,” she said. “He’s still part of the community.”

Hawkins said she and Kelly are friends. She said she doesn’t see the support he has as a problem.

“They just need to get to know me,” she said.

Hawkins said she is proud to be first minority to serve as Fayetteville’s police chief. Her father, who served in the Air Force and was a Golden Gloves boxer, was black. Her mother is Panamanian.

Hawkins said she realizes that she is representing a lot of female law enforcement officers.

“I don’t want to let them down, but I also won’t let down my brothers,” she said.

Hawkins said she doesn’t want to diminish the significance of being the first female, but also doesn’t to overemphasize the issue.

“Remember, I’ve been a female all my life,” she said. “I’ve worked hard.”

Steve DeVane Staff writer @WriterDeVane

On Monday July 3, Pasadena native and John Muir alum Richard Bell will be sworn in as the first African-American Chief of Police for the City of West Covina.

An outstanding athlete, Richard played football at John Muir and was All-Pacific League and All-Southern Section quarterback and he went on to play slot back at the University of Nebraska. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 12th round and played a season with them. He went to the Kansas City Chiefs as a free agent the next season and was released during training camp. The next year he went to Spain to play for the Barcalona Dragons but was severely injured and his career came to an end.

A law enforcer for over twenty years, Richard has been breaking down barriers his whole life. When he first African-American male hired in the City of San Marino in the '90s. Richard told the Pasadena Black Pages that when he got to San Marino he didn't know he was the first Black male to work there, simply because the city is so close to Pasadena and Pasadena is such a diverse community. He had no idea that things were so different right down the street.

Richard followed the chief from San Marino to West Covina and he has been there ever since.
West Covina just got a good man to run things, even if its just for a little while. Still young by police standards, Richard will be sworn in Monday as the interim chief and the buck will stop with him, but the city is currently looking for a permanent replacement. So even though the intern label will be off and Richard will wear the stripes of the chief, he feels like he will be the chief somewhere someday.

We could use a local guy who really understands the community here in Pasadena. it's a beautiful thing the see progression in a city like West Covina, but it brings us back to the lack of progression here in Pasadena, a very diverse city that hasn't had an African-American police chief since James M. Robenson in the 80s.

West Covina has Richard Bell now, but if they don't want to keep him, we think he would be the best Chief of Police Pasadena could ever have. Things have to change and Richard Bell could straighten out a lot of things here in Pasadena.

Retired LAPD Lieutenant and SCC NOBLE Member on Dr. Phil this week. He will also have a workshop on Human Trafficking at NOBLE National Conference in Atlanta!   Click Here

Police Chief Kenton W. Rainey
Veteran Police Chief Kenton W. Rainey has been named the new chief of police for the University of Chicago Police Department, effective July 1.

As chief, Rainey will oversee the approximately 100 members of the full-service, professionally accredited police department and serve as the department’s representative on campus and in the neighboring communities. Rainey also will direct the UCPD’s policing initiatives, develop innovative crime prevention strategies and implement effective community policing programs.

Rainey will report to Eric M. Heath, associate vice president for the University’s Department of Safety & Security.

“One of the many valuable areas of expertise Kenton brings to the University of Chicago is his involvement with creating innovative, community-based policing strategies,” said Heath. “Throughout his law enforcement career, Kenton has worked in diverse communities, where he built strong and positive relationships with community members and successfully implemented new policing programs, resulting in effective policing efforts.”

Most recently Rainey served as the chief of police for the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police Department until his retirement from the role at the end of last year. Rainey also has served as chief of police for the Fairfield, Calif. Police Department and commander of the airport police for the San Antonio Police Department, in addition to leadership roles with several other law enforcement agencies in California and Ohio.

"The University of Chicago is a world-class organization, and it is an honor and privilege for me to have been selected for this position,” said Rainey. “I’m excited to work with the members of the University’s police department, the University’s students, faculty and staff, and area community members so that together we can achieve our public safety mission.”

Rainey, who is originally from Chicago, is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and the University of Phoenix with a master’s degree in organizational management.


Good Morning NOBLE Family,

With deepest sympathy we regret to announce that Rodney Watson passed away on Sunday, October 16, 2017, in a hospital surrounded by his family. Rodney Watson was a NOBLE LIFE and Southern California Chapter Member.  He had an amazing career with Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms (ATF) and retired during 2004, after 26 years of service. As a young man he also served four years in the Air Force.

He is survived by a brother, sister, a daughter and two granddaughters.

His memorial service is:

Monday, October 30, 2017 at 11 am
Lake Ave Congregational Church ( in the Chapel)
393 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101.
Closed casket

The viewing is at 10 am - prior to the service

Additional information TBA. Please continue to keep Rodney’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

Thank You, Chris Waters