Passing of NOBLE Founding Member Mitchell Ware

Judge Mitchell Ware, NOBLE Founder

The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) extends heartfelt condolences to the family of Judge Mitchell Ware, who passed away April 19, 2020 of natural causes.  NOBLE Founder Ware was a trailblazer in the policing profession serving as one of Illinois’ first black state troopers.  He would go on to earn a law degree from DePaul University College of Law, start his own private practice, lead the Chicago Police Department as Deputy Superintendent, before serving as a judge on the Circuit Court of Cook County.

An athlete, scholar, journalist, public servant, and attorney, Founder Ware was instrumental in developing the groundbreaking principles that would guide NOBLE.  His experience as a patrol officer and state narcotics agent was not lost on him as he rose to become Superintendent of the Illinois Bureau of Investigation and Deputy Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. Recognized as a national leader in criminal justice and law enforcement, Mitchell Ware would join others in 1976 to help found NOBLE.  He continued to help guide NOBLE serving as the organization’s General Counsel and Chicago chapter president.

   A memorial service for Mitchell Ware was held on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.  To extend words of condolences to the family of Founder Ware, you may visit

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