FRESNO – Oakhurst resident and Fresno Police Sergeant Greg Noll was recently recognized by the Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Committee of Fresno for his work in the community while working for the Fresno Police Department.
The Unity Community has been a vital force at the grassroots level in organizing the Dr. King birthday celebrations every year in Fresno.
Noll, who is a candidate for Madera County Sheriff, received the “Outstanding Community Service” award for his work in building partnerships and impacting crime while leading a group called Bringing Broken Neighborhoods Back to Life (BBNBTL).
BBNBTL is a faith-based collaboration under the auspices of the non-profit Fresno Police & Neighborhood Watch Association, and is comprised of the Fresno Police Department and many faith-based and service organizations from throughout the community.
Noll was recognized by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein as “someone who has made a significant impact in their community, and has the determination and leadership abilities to make important contributions to the Greater Fresno area. For close to three decades, you have dedicated a great deal of time and effort towards protecting your community while working diligently to be a mentor with at-risk youth.”
Sergeant Noll has worked countless hours with BBNBTL, reaching out to faith-based groups and organizing events and block parties.
“We close off streets, invite people out of their houses, and provide services to those in need,” says Noll. “We do this in low income areas where it is really needed; places with high crime and a lot of violence.”
Noll says these events are designed to help build up trust with residents in the neighborhood.
“We want them to see that the police can be trusted, that officers are human,” says Noll. “Build these relationships from inside the community, and it benefits us because we usually see a reduction in crime.”
The organization also creates Santa’s Village each year, a two week event where the community is invited to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, take a free photo with Santa, receive a gift, receive winter clothing and shoes, fingerprinting for the children, and enjoy refreshments and entertainment.
BBNBTL partners with other community organizations to collect winter clothes for kids and works to enrich the lives of youth at risk.
Noll was also recognized by Congressman Jim Costa for his “contribution and dedication to the community.”