BLESC’s Proud President
Cydney Smith | On 02, Dec 2020
Not everyone knows about BLESC.
The group’s acronym stands for Blacks in Law Enforcement Servicing the Community. BLESC president Anthony Smith is a Hudson County corrections officer. Not only does he protect the community, but he gives back as well.
“I wanted to get more involved in the community,” Smith explained. “Before the group even started, I was visiting schools and colleges by myself.”
Youth plays a huge role in any community, Smith said. They are the future.
“We [work with] the children, talk to them, and mentor,” Smith said. “Some of them grew with the group.”
BLESC has a community center on Martin Luther King Drive in Jersey City.
“The kids come after school to do homework, … and they help with events,” Smith explained. “We are working on getting another [center] on Martin Luther King Drive and Communipaw soon.”
Plans have been put on hold during these difficult times, but BLESC recently attended an event with Hopes Social Service Agency for a Breast Cancer Awareness soccer tournament at Berry Lane Park.
BLESC also body-guarded Reverend Al Sharpton during his book signing at The Bethune Center not too long ago.
“Our next event is a fundraiser in Secaucus,” Smith shared. “Of course, we want to do more, but with the virus… things are on hold.”
BLESC has been in business for almost 11 years now, and the organization has over 100 members.
“[BLESC] is doing great, we plan on expanding, and of course law enforcement is involved with us,” Smith said.
Considering his position as president, he explained the bulk of his leadership in the organization.
“I make sure everything is in order and I organize our events,” Anthony explained.
Mr. Smith has children and plans on getting them involved when they are old enough to participate.