Born in Harlem, retired inspector Timothy Pearson is all too familiar with hard work and dedication. Currently the chapter president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement (NOBLE), a member of the American Academy for Professional Law Enforcement, Pearson has worked his way up–both in the community and in life.

Pearson, 53, moved to East New York at a young age and grew up in the Cypress Hills Housing Development. After completing high school, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

He is also a graduate from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business–Police Management Institute and a graduate of the New York City Police Department Criminal Investigation Course. In 2012, Pearson obtained his master’s degree in public administration from John Jay College.

Pearson was sworn into the police department in January 1981 and became inspector in December 2004. He has joined forces with many organizations such as Feed the Children, the NBA Player’s Association and the Greater Allen Cathedral of New York. He helped plan, organize and facilitate the “Miracle on Merrick” food distribution program, where 10,000 families in need were given food, toiletries and clothing items to help sustain their quality of life.

He has also collaborated with the “You Can Go to College” Committee and G-Unit Foundation to raise over $45,000 in funds for Southeast Queens College-bound students. These funds helped to take high school students on college tours and provided financial assistance in the form of scholarship awards.

“It was my parents and the people who worked in the community, especially Ms. Simpkins,” said Pearson when asked why he is so passionate about giving back. “She gave back to the community by bringing us on recreational, cultural and educational trips. That had an impact on me and put me in the right direction of life. It made me want to be somebody and be productive in society.”

A founding member of the 88th Precinct’s HELP Program (Help Encourage Leadership Potential), Pearson is very proud of the work he has done. The program is based in Brooklyn and is designed to develop the leadership and educational potential of delinquent juveniles. The program also helps to generate money for students to attend college.

“The way in which I was inspired makes me want to pass that inspiration on to someone else,” said Pearson. “I find that most of the time, it is amazing how many people come back to you that you have forgotten, but they remember what you have done for them through one of your programs.”

Aside from starting and contributing to programs in the community–which has won him numerous awards–Pearson also assisted with the evacuation and rescue of thousands of people from the burning World Trade Center towers on 9/11.

He also went to New Orleans with members from NOBLE and the Grand Council of Guardians to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. He personally organized, collected and transported $500,000 in food, apparel and toiletries to the victims. He also provided the New Orleans chapter of NOBLE with over $10,000 in cash to assist them and their families.

After 31 years of service, Pearson retired from the police department in June 2011. He is currently the director of security at Resorts World Casino in New York City. He will also be receiving the Man of the Year award from the Jamaica Rotary Club next month.

“I am also in the process of formulating an organization dealing with security and surveillance in the casino industry business,” said Pearson. “Our first conference will be in July, and it is with all the casinos in New York state.

“It’s a rewarding feeling to know you’ve touched someone in a positive light,” he said. The inspector believes “to whom much is given, much is received,” and this is why he says he supports, loves and gives back to his community and organizations.