Charles Wilson

National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers

Lieutenant (Retired) Charles P. Wilson retired from active law enforcement service in 2016 after a 45-year career, the last 23 years with the Rhode Island College, Providence, RI Campus Police Department as a patrol shift supervisor. With a professional career dating from 1971, his previous law enforcement experience has included service as a Detective/Patrolman with the Woodmere Village, Ohio Police Department, where he also served as its first African American Chief of Police from 1988 to mid-1990. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with an emphasis in Justice Studies from Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island, a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. He previously served a historic eight-terms as National Chairman of the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers, Inc., and is an original signatory delegate of the organization's constitution.

Since 1994, he has been the principal designer and sole proprietor of BSL Systems Ltd, a small Web Site Design and Maintenance firm, specializing in the design of internet presence for small business, non-profit organizations, and the public safety sector utilizing Coldfusion scripting principals and has been involved in the actual design, implementation, or consultative process for more than 150 internet presence sites for customers in Rhode Island, New Jersey, Illinois, California, Texas, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, Georgia and Ohio. His customers are represented in such industries as jewelry, law enforcement, private corporations, legal firms, wholesale promotions, and small non-profit organizations and clubs, among which are several chapters of NABLEO.

He is a published academic researcher whose interests include issues pertaining to minority law enforcement, campus safety and police-community relations, with over 20 peer-reviewed publications in various scholarly journals, to include the Journal of Black Studies, Western Journal of Black Studies, Journal of Critical Incidents, and the Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice.

He is a member of the Metropolitan Baptist Church of Largo, MD where he serves as co-chair of their Social Justice and Public Policy Ministry. Married to his wife Shirley, he is a father of 3 daughters, grandfather to 4 boys and 1 girl, and great-grandfather to 3 boys.

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