National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives convention comes to city

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Between 1,000 and 1,500 people from across the nation and abroad are expected to travel to Pittsburgh for a law enforcement conference this weekend.

The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives will host a training conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown, Saturday through Wednesday.

Training sessions are closed to the public, but convention organizers plan to set up exhibits, a health fair, vendor tables and an authors' center inside the center's exhibit hall that anyone can attend.

NOBLE was formed in 1976 after a three-day symposium that focused on high crime rates in black, urban communities. The group conducts research and offers training aimed at reducing discriminatory policies, remembering the service of minority police officers, recruiting young officers and improving the relationship between law enforcement agencies and the community.

Maurita Bryant, assistant chief of operations in the Pittsburgh bureau of police, serves as national president of the group.

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