President's Message

Reconnect, Re-engage, Refocus, Re-energize


Jacqueline Edwards
President
Association of Black Law Enforcers

It is with great pride that I assumed the role and the responsibility of President of this essential Association. I have had the honour of working alongside a dedicated group of individuals, all of whom are committed to achieving the goals of the Association of Black Law Enforcers (A.B.L.E). I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to EVERYONE who has volunteered their time, expertise, efforts and support in so many ways.  I cannot find words strong enough to express my deep gratitude to my fellow A.B.L.E executive members for their unwavering commitment to the call to serve, while holding demanding full-time positions as law enforcement practitioners in the field. 

I am proud of the gains that we have made in the past two years in Re-engaging, Refocusing, Reconnecting and Re-energizing. Together we have worked to build upon the many achievements that have contributed to A.B.L.E’s successful journey, a journey that began twenty-eight years ago. A.B.L.E was created to address the needs and concerns of Black and other racialized individuals in law enforcement, with a focus on improving the image of law enforcement within the community. Our success is due primarily to a firm commitment to excellence and the unwavering dedication of our members, allies and other stakeholders who confirm, year after year, the importance of the Association of Black Law Enforcers. 

These past two years have been extremely busy for us. We engaged in social issues related to anti-Black and systemic racism, discrimination in the workplace, and societal racial unrest… and we did so during a world-wide pandemic. Our determination to improve the lives and the day-to day experiences of our members remains at the forefront of our efforts. Through the spirit of collaborative partnerships, A.B.L.E. engages with other agencies to work to address justice-related issues affecting communities, in pursuit of the best possible outcomes.

A.B.L.E. continues to be aware of the grave consequences posed by unchecked systemic racism, racial profiling and ongoing anti-Black racist attitudes within our society. We recognize that many Black individuals are forced to address racism and discrimination in many aspects of their lives, including the workplace, where they often face systemic obstacles to career advancement.

As we move forward, the A.B.L.E. journey will continue, as we use the strength of our collective voice and platform to amplify the needs and concerns of Black and other racialized persons in the law enforcement community.

 

Respectfully,

Jacqueline Edwards

President
Association of Black Law Enforcers

 


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