Jiles Ship, president of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and past national president of NOBLE (NOBLE photo)

By Bradford Mason

Leaders from the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) say they were left out of the conversation about police reforms in New Jersey.

NOBLE says that for the past two years, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has consulted with community groups but has to met with them about the development of the policies that will largely impact the communities that they serve.

“Who better to provide insights about needed reforms than law enforcement professionals who have for decades walked the streets in the neighborhoods of New Jersey, communicating with local residents and working collaboratively with community leaders,” said Jiles Ship, a 34-year veteran in law enforcement and president of the New Jersey Chapter of NOBLE and past national president of NOBLE.

Ship added that while NOBLE is pleased that the Attorney General will be reaching out to other organizations, he wants to be involved as things develop.

“We hope that NOBLE, NJ Association of Chiefs of Police and other law enforcement executives, will be included. We look forward to working with the Attorney General on this important initiative,” Ship said.

NAACP Metuchen-Edison Chapter president Reginald Johnson said he was “shocked” that NOBLE was not consulted.

“NOBLE and members from the other ethnic police organizations in New Jersey were not part of the process in developing the recommendations,” he said.

Rev. David Ford, Sr. of the New Jersey Clergy Coalition for Justice said that New Jersey is one of the most diverse states in the nation and the consulting with NOBLE would have been logical.

“It just seems very disrespectful given the need to build police-community trust to leave our black, Hispanic, and Asian law enforcement groups out of the process of developing the recommendations.” he said.

Reports indicate that Grewal’s communication director Sharon Lauchaire said in a statement that the Attorney General’s office has respect for NOBLE and hopes to work with them in the future.

“We look forward to continuing our partnership with NOBLE as we work to make New Jersey a national leader on policing reform,” Lauchaire said.

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