Brenda Goss Andrews is the 45th president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). She brings more than 30 years of dedicated public service to her role. Joining the department as a beat and street patrol officer, she was promoted through the ranks, becoming the first female in the department’s history to administer and control its $400 million budget and $30 million in state and federal grants.
Goss Andrews retired from the Detroit Police Department as a deputy chief, a role that required superior leadership skills, innovation, and flexibility. As one of the incident commanders in Detroit’s August 2003 city-wide blackout, she procured precinct generators and ensured the 911 system was operational. During her tenure as a commander, she oversaw the department’s personnel division (human resources), which led the recruitment and hiring of police officers, in-service training for over 2000 officers, and promotional examinations and assessment center evaluations for officers seeking promotion. She also served as the department’s Equal Employment Opportunity director, spearheading training and the investigation of sexual harassment, workplace violence, and hostile working environment claims. As deputy chief, Goss Andrews was the project and budget director for the construction of the 62,000-square foot, $18 million Southwest Public Safety Center. She also worked with the Department of Justice on the department’s consent judgment and was chairperson for five extensive boards of review reports on deadly force police-involved shootings.
Goss Andrews earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Howard University, a Master of Science in criminal justice from Michigan State University, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in criminal justice at Walden University. She is a graduate of the 171st FBI National Associates Academy class. Her professional affiliations include the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the FBI National Academy Associates, the Police Executive Research Forum, and the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command. She also serves as an advisory board member of the University of Chicago Community Safety Leadership Academy. Detroit City Council appointed her as a commissioner on the City Planning Commission, which reviews developments and the Neighborhood Opportunity Funding grant. Goss Andrews received the “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” award from the National Center for Women and Policing.