About 1,000 law enforcement officials from throughout the United States and from Africa, the Caribbean, Canada and England have converged on Lexington to learn about what's new in their areas of expertise.
They're participating in the 35th annual training conference and exhibition of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.
"I would easily say that we have every (U.S.) city represented here at the conference," said Maurita J. Bryant, who is second vice president of the organization and assistant chief in charge of operations for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. "Most black chiefs or directors of major cities are NOBLE members and would be in attendance."
The opening ceremony of the conference, held at the Lexington Convention Center, will be Monday. But attendees began arriving Saturday, and by Sunday afternoon, there were about 1,000 of them. The conference ends Wednesday.
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There's a conference for youths within the conference. On Sunday at the 10th annual NOBLE Youth Leadership Conference, whose participants include youths from Lexington and throughout the country, actor Harry Lennix hosted a dialogue on how best to position oneself for success.
The main conference focuses on leadership, including how to advance to a higher position in an organization. There also are courses specific to job assignments, such as homicide and sex crimes, Bryant said. Next year, the conference will be in Little Rock, Ark.
"When we come to any city, we bring money; we spend money. We learn, we shop and we sight-see," Bryant said.