The Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Foundation will host keynote speaker Mark Kroeker at its annual luncheon at the Chattanoogan on Nov. 7 at 11:30 a.m. At the luncheon, the organization will announce a major directional change affecting area law enforcement officers.
Mr. Kroeker, the senior vice president for Justice and Rule of Law for Pacific Architects and Engineers in Washington D.C., will discuss his vision of the changing needs of law enforcement officers over the coming decade. He will outline how Hamilton County can work towards achieving what he sees as the three main goals of any community: education, economic growth and safety for its citizens.
“Your involvement with law enforcement can leave a lasting impression on your community,” said Mr. Kroeker. “When you see an officer, stop and talk to them. They’re your investment, and there’s never been a better investment than in a secure community.”
Mr. Kroeker began his career in 1965 with the Los Angeles Police Department, where he rose through the ranks to become deputy chief. In 1997 he was appointed as the United Nations Deputy Police Commissioner in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where his duties included rebuilding Bosnia’s police forces, rendered dysfunctional by war.
He became chief of the Portland Police Bureau in 1999, where he led the police of Oregon’s largest metropolitan area for almost four years. Mr. Kroeker then returned to the UN, serving in varying capacities ranging from Police Commissioner in Libera to overseeing critical missions with the Department of Peacekeeping Operations.
Also a devoted philanthropist, Mr. Kroeker founded and serves as chairman of the World Children’s Transplant Fund, a non-profit dedicated to the development of pediatric organ transplantation around the world.
Mr. Kroeker’s awards include the FBI Director’s Award for Exceptional Public Service, the Sherwood Family Prize for Combatting Hate, the Raul Wallenberg Save the Children Award and the Knight Commander Award, the highest award conferred by the President of Argentina to a civilian.
“I’ve known Mark for more than 20 years and he’s always proven himself to be a devoted advocate and leader of community policing,” said founder of the Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Foundation, Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond. “The business and law enforcement community is privileged to have such an experienced professional share his wisdom and passion with our community.”
The Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Foundation was formed in 2011 by Sheriff Hammond and has since grown into a thriving partnership between Hamilton County businesses and members of the law enforcement community. Its board consists of business leaders Lews Card, Jr., Emerson E. Russell, Sr. and Greg A. Vital, all of Hamilton County. Its advisory board consists of law enforcement leaders, who assist in the decision making process for how the organizations funds are used.
To purchase tickets or for more information on the luncheon, call 423 602-9903.