The National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers
today announced the 2017 Recipients of their Community Service and Community
Policing Awards. Given to recognize local individuals or organizations that
have provided support to improve and enhance the relationships between law
enforcement and the communities they serve, the awards are a recognition of
efforts to promote stronger and more lasting relationships between communities
and their law enforcement guardians, and instill Community Policing as an
The 2017 Community Policing Award will be presented to Ray
Rickman. Rickman is a businessman and president of the Rickman Group, a
consulting firm that raises funds and conducts management and diversity
training for non-profits and small and large businesses. Rickman is also
currently the executive director of Stages of Freedom, a nonprofit that
provides African American culture programs and free swimming lessons to
hundreds of Youth of Color. A former State Representative from the Brown
University area of Providence, he served as Rhode Island Deputy Secretary of
State from 2000 to 2002. Mr. Rickman was the leading opponent of mass-incarceration
bills during his six years in the Rhode Island House of Representatives. Mr.
Rickman authored a well known booklet on police/community relations much talked
about in Providence, and has helped with recruitment for both police and
fire departments in Rhode Island and has conducted over 300 diversity workshops
for police, fire, college, businesses and medical centers.
The 2017 Community Service Award will be presented to
Raymond Two Hawks Watson. Watson is an Artivist, Community Activist, Educator,
Cultural Practitioner and Convener with 10 years of experience in nonprofit
executive administration. Watson’s skills consist of program development
& implementation, grant writing, motivational speaking, leadership &
cultural development consulting, community organizing and event planning,
supplemented by an extensive background in promoting and supporting cultural
equity & development initiatives and programming in the Rhode Island
Both recipients will be publicly recognized during ceremonies
to be held at the Cape Verdean Progressive Club, 329 Grosvenor Ave, East
Providence, RI, on Friday, October 20th at 8:00 PM, during an event sponsored
by the Rhode Island Guardians Association, the host chapter for NABLEO’s Fall
Education and Training Conference and Board of Directors Meetings being held
October 18th -20th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, RI.
Tickets for the evening event, which are $20.00 per person,
may be obtained by calling John A’Vant at 401-548-1333, Charles Wilson at 401-465-9152,
or Ronald Madison at 401-935-8521. Local law enforcement, public, and community
groups are invited to attend both the awards event and the training conference.
Conference information may be viewed at http://conference.nableo.org.