Who is Noble Wray? Noble Wray, a Milwaukee native, is a former Madison Police Chief who has just been appointed by the state Department of Justice as a consultant to investigate the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha which happened last month. Wray retired in 2013 after 29 years serving in the Madison Police department. Wray, the second black chief in the department, who had led the department for a decade, mentioned how much he is honored to be chosen for the job. He was said to be an expert on the use of force. Wray will review DOJ investigators’ work and then give a report to Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Gravely on his findings.
Wray retired from the Madison Police Department in September 2013 after 29 years with the department, the last nine as the second black chief. Born in Milwaukee, he was heavily influenced by the community policing philosophy of former chief David Couper.
At the time, he retired and, for the second time in six years, the department was named a finalist for the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing’s Goldstein Award for his years of working in solving problems in the South Side Broadway-Simpson neighborhood, where Wray was the department’s first neighborhood officer. Wray has also been praised for the growing diversity in the department.
Since retiring, Wray has served as a consultant, including for a U.S. Department of Justice initiative to help police improve their relationships with communities and in the department’s work in Ferguson, Missouri, after the police shooting of Michael Brown.
In 2014, he was also interim CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison.
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