About Arizona NOBLE

Arizona NOBLE

Doeg Nelson

After serving in the United States Army from 1950 to 1953, Doeg Nelson joined the City of Phoenix Police Department in 1954 as a patrolman.  His distinguished career with the City of Phoenix Police Department spanned 25 years of service; notably being the first African American to attain the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Major, and finally Assistant Chief.  Does Nelson helped open the door, lighting the path for African American law enforcement officers.  He was instrumental in the creation of the Police Community Relations Bureau, the Police Athletic League, the Recruitment of Minority Personnel (ROMP) program, and the community policing concept, now hailed as a national model.  In 1994, he was invited to Washington, D.C. by President Bill Clinton to attend a crime leadership briefing and assist in the development of anti-crime legislation.  It is in tribute to him that the Arizona NOBLE chapter was named.

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