NOBLE Founders

Pittsburgh Police Chief William H. Moore 1925 – 2006

The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) was founded in September 1976, during a three-day symposium to address crime in urban low-income areas. The symposium 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 (60) top-ranking black law enforcement executives representing twenty-four (24) states and fifty-five (55) major cities gathered in the Washington, D.C. area to participate.

These officials understood that the participation of minority law enforcement officials in initiatives that reduce crime and enhance the delivery of police services was vital. The deliberations at the symposium accented the relationship between socioeconomic conditions and criminal activity as well as the leadership that black police officials have to offer communities. Recognizing that black law enforcement executives could have more of an impact on the criminal justice system through a unified voice, the symposium participants departed from the planned agenda to create NOBLE. They unanimously elected Hubert Williams, then Director of the Newark, New Jersey Police Department, and the first black police chief of a major city, temporary chairman of NOBLE.

William H. Moore was one of those sixty black law enforcement executives who founded the NOBLE organization. At the time he was an Inspector with the Pittsburgh Police Department. He became Pittsburgh’s first black Chief of Police in 1986. After retiring from the Pittsburgh Police Department, he became Chief of the Braddock Police Department in 1990 where he served until he retired in 2001.

During the 25th annual NOBLE Training Conference and Exhibition held in Washington DC, July 28 through August 1, 2001, a special medallion was presented to each founder present. The focus of the conference was to recognize and pay tribute to the founding members for their contributions to the law enforcement field and to the NOBLE organization.

The Pittsburgh Chapter of NOBLE will pay tribute each year at our annual awards and scholarship banquet to the late William H. Moore by presenting an annual award for Excellence in his name to person(s) who exemplify his commitment to equality and justice.

Founding Members… (coming soon)