Marquez (Marq) Claxton is currently the director of public relations and political affairs for the Black Law Enforcement Alliance. Marq is a retired NYPD detective whose assignments included uniformed and plainclothes patrol enforcement in the 28th precinct in central Harlem, the Organized Crime Control Bureau (Narcotics Division) both undercover and as an investigator, and the 90 Precinct Detective Squad (Domestic Violence/Child Abuse coordinator). Marq’s past organizational affiliations include the New York State Democratic Conference’s Operation S.N.U.G. (co-chair of the Gangs, Guns & Gainful Employment subcommittee), New York State Blue Ribbon Commission of Gang Violence Prevention, and 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement (co-founder). He is a current life member of the N.A.A.C.P. and board member for The Ujima Group in South Carolina. Through the Black Law Enforcement Alliance, Marq facilitates many community workshops including: “Surviving Police Interactions,” “Gangs-Our Domestic Terrorists,” “Senior Safety” and “Little Girl Lost-sex trafficking.” As the spokesperson for the Black Law Enforcement Alliance, Marq has appeared on numerous local and national media outlets to discuss issues relating to criminal justice as well as police and community relations.