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CU Hosts National Conf. for Black Law Enforcement Execs.

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CU Hosts National Conf. for Black Law Enforcement Execs.

Patrick Oliver, director of Cedarville University’s criminal justice program, organized the recent NOBLE conference at the University. Six prospective law enforcement CEOs came from around the country to be mentored by experienced law enforcement leaders. Photo credit: Scott L. Huck/Cedarville University

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

April 4, 2007

Cedarville, Ohio-During the week of March 26-30, six prospective law enforcement CEOs from around the country came to Cedarville University for the NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives) conference. This conference, part of a rigorous two-year program, is unique in that it gives these future CEOs the opportunity to be mentored by accomplished and experienced law enforcement leaders in a “master-apprentice” relationship.

The conference equipped attendees holistically, underscoring three critical areas: technical ability, character and relational skills, and practical strategies for professional advancement. Some of the particular topics included “Politics and the Police Chief” and “Managing Organizational Change.”

NOBLE’s mission is 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.” They emphasize respect, integrity, courageous convictions, accountability, community, value of diversity, and mentoring. For more information about NOBLE, visit

Patrick Oliver, director of the Cedarville criminal justice program and former Fairborn police chief, shared, “Being CEO of a law organization is a very demanding job. We want people to not only be successful in getting the job but in doing the job.”

Cedarville’s criminal justice program prepares students for criminal justice careers in which they live out their faith through their calling to public service. To learn more about the program and/or the Cedarville University Department of Social Sciences and History, contact Oliver at 937-766-7930.