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Welcome to the Shades of Blue Police Association

Committed to Excellence


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Shades of Blue Founders

Est 2020

Ronnie Casey Jr.

Malik Mostella

Kent Thornton

M.J Greene

Will Harris

Ken Bledsoe

James Johnson

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Our mission is to bridge the gap between policing ideology, and our community's reality.

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Scholarship recipents

Shades of Blue Scholarship Winners

The Shades of Blue would like to congratulate Khadijah Lovette Whitfield and Ivan Thomas Jr for being selected to receive the SBPA scholarships. The Shades of Blue would also Like to thank Red Diamond uniform for working with us to purchase their work uniforms.


Develop enough courage to stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else.

Maya Angelou

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Next meeting TBA

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Monthly Membership and Donations

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Shades in Action

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Baskets of Cheer  Fundraiser


SBPA Event Center
1025 N. Belle Vista
Youngstown, Ohio 44509

Thank you for being so interested in  booking our event center and booking our event center. Please click the link below to submit your request.

* Note*  Booking this date will hold the date requested. You will be contacted by a board member to finalize the rental agreement.

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SBPA Ballroom

SBPA Lower Level Hall

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Shades of Blue Historical Fact

Earlie Ray Vanderhall

Deputy Earlie Ray Vanderhall was the first African American Deputy Sheriff in Dillion South Carolina in 1967.  He passed 2011.

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            SBPA VIDEO 

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Shades of Blue Executive Board


Ronnie Casey Jr.


Ronnie Casey Jr. is the President and  a founding member of the Shades of Blue. Preceded in the department  by his grandfather and uncle he became a 3rd generation Deputy Sheriff at the Mahoning Co. Sheriff Department starting in 1997.  Ronnie is a part time Youngstown State University Police officer and a certified weapons instructor.  In the community Ronnie is a Football coach on the youth and high school levels for over 20 years.  

K.G Thornton


Kent is the Treasurer and a founding member of The Shades of Blue.  Having started in 1990 Kent is a 30-year veteran of the Mahoning Co. Sheriff Dept  Kent is also a part-time officer with the Youngstown State University Police Dept.  In the community, Kent is an 18-year veteran of The U.S. Marines and the U.S Air Force ReservesKent has also been a high school football coach for the past 29 years.  He also teaches youth swimming.

M.J Greene

Recording Secretary Officer

Mary Jane is a founding member of the Shades of Blue and a 20 year veteran of the Mahoning Co. Sheriff Dept having joined in 2000.  Mary Jane was motivated by her father Clarence "Juice" Greene  and his service with the Youngstown Police Department to become a 2nd generation BLEO. In the community Mary Jane is a member of the Cardinal Mooney Minority Alumni Council.


J. Johnson



Malik Mostella

Vice President

Malik Mostella is the Vice-President and a founding member of the Shades of Blue. Malik is a 20 veteran of the Youngstown Police Dept.  He is a negotiator for the Mahoning Valley Crisis Response Team.  He is currently  the community liaison officer for the Chief of Police through planning and training. In the community Malik is a Track coach for the Youngstown Striders starting in 1997. Currently he coaches track for Ursuline High School  and also coaches High School football locally for the past 23 years.

Art Thompson

Information Officer

Art Is a Veteran of the Sheriff Dept. His current assignment is School Resource officer for the City of Youngstown. Art is also a cigar enthusiast.

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Reach out today to learn more about our talented team.

Mike Wilson


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