BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) Region V hosted its training conference in Baton Rouge, LA, May 26 and 27, at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel.
NOBLE is helping police agencies get "Back to the Basics," National Board Member Jacqueline Carter said.
"Communication is the key. We have to engage in our communities," she added.
That means renewing those things most important to law enforcement in a time where tensions are high locally and nationwide.
"Often times officers go from call to call to call. Instead of adopting and continuing that type of operation philosophy, getting the officers out of the vehicle, getting to know the people in the community that they actually work with," said George Rhyne with the Texas Anti-Gang Center.
"We are just trying to make our profession better, make it stronger, make sure that we keep the people and attract people in our profession that are true servants," East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gaautreaux said.
The training conference emphasized critical issues facing the law enforcement community today while addressing opportunities in the areas of leadership development, 21st century policing, diversity, youth development, technology, and officer wellness.
One of the many officers lending advice at the two-day conference was Troy Doyle with the St. Louis County Missouri Police Department.
"You can't engage more. We need it now especially in this time and era," Doyle said.
Doyle dealt closely with the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson and has a simple solution.
"We want the young ones to see us in a positive light. Again, we realize this is a difficult job but it's also equally important that we in law enforcement be able to see the community in such a great light also," Doyle said.
By being committed to justice by action, members of NOBLE said the road to reconstructing the battered community and law enforcement relationship can be mended, "Getting out of the police cars. Actually, interacting with the community more. That's one of the keys, getting everyone together to open up," said Carter.