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The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) is a professional, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. We are hosting a National Law Enforcement Prayer Breakfast and Blessing of the Badge honoring law enforcement officers on May 15, 2014 during National Police Week in Washington, DC. We are reaching out to our church community for support as “Prayer Patrons”. A donation from Mount Zion Baptist Church is essential to ensuring the success of our event.
The date of our breakfast is National Peace Officers Memorial Day, which was signed into law in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy. This is the only day set aside to honor both disabled and deceased law enforcement officers. “On average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 58 hours” (National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 2014).
A special feature of the Prayer Breakfast will be the Blessing of the Badge Ceremony. This is a moment when local and Federal public safety and military personnel will have their badges blessed.
At this event, we are officially recognizing the following:
- International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC), a professional credentialing organization for law enforcement Chaplains, which is the reason they are being asked to accept on behalf of all of the nation’s public safety Chaplains. These individuals, (irrespective of religion or non-religion), are always there when we need them.
- Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) is the main catalyst in promoting National Peace Officers Memorial Day. The FOP has hosted the National Peace Officers Memorial Service at the US Capitol for 29 years and it has been through their efforts that Peace Officers Memorial Day, Police Week and the Memorial Service have grown to over 40,000 attendees.
- Fraternal Organization of Police Auxiliary for their unwavering support of law enforcement members and families particularly in times of crisis. The spirit of unselfish sacrifice is embodied in what they do.
- Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club – During the early days of the Memorial Service, there were not sufficient numbers of uniformed officers to escort the survivors. It was during this time that the Blue Knights and their Ladies (who also wear uniforms) filled the void as escorts allowing every survivor to be escorted with the honor and dignity that the occasion demanded. We are proud of their continued support.
Your consideration is graciously appreciated. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 703.658.1529 should you have any immediate questions or require additional information.
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