S2.E34. Radically Reimagining Policing In America With Lynda R. Williams, President of National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
This year America woke from its social justice slumber to finally engage the problem of racially motivated police violence. As Black America begins to formalize our demands of the Biden/ Harris administration, policing reform undoubtedly sits at the very top of the list. In an effort to continue the conversation on policing reform the Amerikan Therapy Team sits down with one of the very top black voices in Law Enforcement, Lynda R. Williams President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). In this interview, Ms. Williams shares NOBLE's unprecedented break from other law enforcement organizations in their call for policing reform. While there is much work to do to bridge the gap between communities of color and law enforcement, NOBLE's stance represents an opportunity for positive change. Ms. Williams shares a behind-the-scenes look at how she's speaking truth to power on a daily basis as she sits at the table with Trump's Department of Justice and the United States Attorney General.
The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) serves as the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to justice through action. NOBLE has nearly 60 chapters and represents over 3,000 members worldwide that represent chief executive officers and command-level law enforcement officials from federal, state, county, municipal law enforcement agencies, and criminal justice practitioners.
Lynda R. Williams Bio:
Lynda R. Williams is currently the Professor of the Practice at Middle Tennessee State University in the Department of Criminal Justice Administration; with this appointment in 2017, she became the first individual bestowed this title in recognition of the breadth and depth of her knowledge and expertise in the field of criminal justice and executive security. In her role within the Department of Criminal Justice Administration, Ms. Williams’ curriculum subject matter includes foreign/domestic terrorism studies, criminal justice processes, community, and public service engagement, and executive law enforcement leadership speaker symposiums.
Prior to joining the faculty of Middle Tennessee State University, Ms. Williams led an accomplished career as a veteran of the United States Secret Service, from 1988 until she retired, as the Deputy Assistant Director in 2017. As President of NOBLE, Ms. Williams is focused on achieving the organization’s goals through a three-pillar platform on police reform, gun violence, and voter engagement.
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