France to chair black police group

February 16, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Baltimore Police Maj. Wendell M. France, head of the homicide unit, has been elected chairman of the National Black Police Association, which represents 35,000 officers in 35 states.

Major France, a 26-year veteran who is commander of the crimes against persons section, will serve two years as chairman, a job he will perform in his spare time. He is a past president of the Vanguard Justice Society, which represents black Baltimore officers.

The police association was organized in 1972 to create a network among minority officers. Since then, the number of minority officers has doubled in departments across the nation.

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