Pasadena, CA – During the week of May 16th through 18th 2012, the San Gabriel Valley Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives hosted their Region VI Training Symposium in Pasadena, California at the Pasadena Convention Center. Law enforcement officers from across the Western United States attended two and a half days of training sharing cutting edge ideas for reducing crime as well as ensuring fairness and equity in the judicial system.
The three day training symposium included a Media Workshop, Identification of Hate Crimes, Parole Re-Integration, Oral Interviewing Skills and a presentation on Reducing Gun Violence among a host of other classes. Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez and Pasadena Heath Department Director, Dr. Eric Walsh were class presenters. Chief Sanchez sat as a panelist for a Leadership workshop while Dr. Walsh spoke on Gang Violence as a Disease.
The conference officially opened with a breakfast panel that drew over one hundred people who heard a stimulating discussion on how to re-engage Clergy, Community Organizations, Educators and law enforcement for social change in the lives of young people. Cameron Turner, local John Muir High School Alumni and media personality facilitated the panel.The training symposium drew to a close on Friday evening with a scholarship banquet at the Pasadena Convention Center's Ballroom. Mayor Bill Bogaard took the podium and congratulated the San Gabriel Valley Chapter of NOBLE on a successful and enlightening conference. Noted Civil Rights Attorney Connie Rice of the Advancement Project gave the keynote address.
The evening culminated with six area high school seniors receiving scholarships to assist with their college expenses. The six scholarships were open to any high school senior in the San Gabriel Valley. Each candidate had to write an essay on a subject and meet a minimum grade point average. Two scholarships were presented in the name of two local heroes and activists, Ralph Riddle, the first African American Police Officer for the city of Pasadena and Georgia Holloway, community activist and supporter.
The Glendale Community College also presented a Community Scholarship.
Other scholarships presented were as follows:
- Ralph Riddle Scholarship—Marina Banks
- NOBLE S.G.V. Community Service Scholarship— Emmanuel Harris
- NOBLE S.G.V. Community Service Scholarship— Denise Henry
- NOBLE S.G.V. Community Service Scholarship— Ebony Bryant
- Georgia A. Holloway Community Service Scholarship — Alana Peck
- Glendale Community College Police Department Scholarship —Jared Odom
Region VI NOBLE President, Gerald Freeney, said, "We were happy and honored to bring great training and a wonderful community event to the city of Pasadena."
The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives was founded in September, 1976 during a three day symposium to address crime in urban and low income areas. The symposium was co-sponsored by the Police Foundation and the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration and the Joint Center for Political Studies.