This year’s recipient of the NOBLE award is this city’s top cop

Norfolk Police Chief Larry Boone receives the 2018 NOBLE Attorney General Eric Holder Leadership Award. (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the City of Norfolk)
Norfolk Police Chief Larry Boone receives the 2018 NOBLE Attorney General Eric Holder Leadership Award. (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of the City of Norfolk)

NORFOLK — Police Chief Larry D. Boone was awarded the 2018 NOBLE Attorney General Eric Holder Leadership Award Monday at the 42nd Annual NOBLE Training Conference in Hollywood, Florida.

The Eric Holder Leadership Award is granted for extraordinary law enforcement leadership performed in the line of duty, to a law enforcement chief executive whose leadership goes above and beyond the call of duty.

The award highlights law enforcement leaders who have made positive and significant differences in their agencies, communities, and to the law enforcement profession, according to a news release from the city.

In 2016, the award was first bestowed upon Holder, the country’s 82nd Attorney General, by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, for his leadership and service to country.

Boone is the 3rd recipient of award.

“This is a great honor for Chief Boone, the City of Norfolk, and the Hampton Roads Area”, said Joseph Johnson, president of the National Order of Black Law Enforcement Executives, Hampton Roads of Virginia Chapter.

Boone was appointed police chief in Norfolk in December 2016, after 28 years of service with the Norfolk Police Department, and more than 10 years of command level experience – he served as the deputy chief of police, and assistant chief of police with oversight of the Field Operations Bureau.

Boone is a 2010 graduate of the 241st Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico and an active member of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the FBI National Academy Associates and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, according to the city.

Boone earned a bachelor of arts degree from Georgia Southern University, and played football for Georgia Southern University (Division I-AA), winning two national titles (1985, 1986).

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In 2016 he earned his masters of public administration degree from Old Dominion University.

“As a young man who grew up in the inner-city of New Brunswick, New Jersey, I never dreamed of an honor of this magnitude,” Boone said. “I am deeply humbled and honored to be recognized by my peers for leadership, and my passion for developing genuine community outreach opportunities to bring officers and citizens closer for mutual respect. I share this award with my officers, and Norfolk residents who work daily in collaboration toward the goal of the best relationships.”

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.