Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins was elected to the Vice Presidency of Region I for the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).
Already serving as the President of the Massachusetts Chapter of NOBLE, Sheriff Tompkins will now represent the Region I states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, with planned expansion into New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
“I am so honored to have been elected to represent NOBLE’s Region I as Vice President and I am looking forward to my work in this additional capacity,” said Sheriff Tompkins. “As I’ve said to NOBLE’s membership body and leadership, I intend to continue the fight for equitable public safety and sustainable, systemic change while examining internal and external law enforcement policies and reform, and I will work collaboratively to move the organization forward as a committed justice partner that will influence the public safety debate on the local and national stage.”
Sheriff Tompkins has served as the President of the Massachusetts chapter since its revival in 2019. He also currently serves as the President of the Massachusetts Sheriff’s Association and as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Roxbury Community College.
NOBLE is comprised of 59 chapters in six regions throughout the United States, with a membership that also includes Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, and several countries in Africa. It is NOBLE’s mission to ensure equity in the administration of justice, in the provision of public service to all communities, and to serve as the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to justice by action.
NOBLE was founded in September of 1976 during a three-day symposium to address crime in low-income urban areas and was co-sponsored by the Police Foundation and the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA). The Joint Center for Political Studies (JCPS) coordinated this unprecedented event in which sixty top ranking Black law enforcement executives representing twenty-four states and fifty major cities gathered in Washington, D.C. to participate. During the symposium, attendees exchanged views about the critically high rate of crime in Black urban communities and the socio-economic conditions that lead to crime and violence. Participants raised questions about relevant issues such as fairness in the administration of justice, police community relations, the hiring and promotion of Black police officers, and the unique problems of the Black police executive. NOBLE recognizes that Black law enforcement executives in policing, corrections, probation and parole can have a significantly more effective impact upon the criminal justice system through a unified voice.
To learn more about NOBLE nationally and locally, visit: www.noblenational.org and www.facebook.com/noblemassachusetts1 respectively.