WHAT IS THE NLPOA? What are we about and what can we do for you? If you asked those questions 35 years ago, the answer then would be somewhat different than the answer you would get today. Let’s start by talking a little about the past.
The NLPOA was first created to ensure that law enforcement officers of Hispanic decent were treated fairly, given the chance to participate in training and were given an equal opportunity to promote. Those were a few goals that the NLPOA hoped to accomplish. As the years have passed, the NLPOA has changed. Although we continue to ensure all Hispanic officers are treated fairly, the NLPOA also looks out for all officers regardless of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or religion.
Inside the NLPOA, the professionalism and respect for all officers regardless of rank truly shines through. Although still an occurrence, we strive to prevent any discrimination in the work place. The NLPOA continues to look out for the best interests of our officers. We provide one-on-one guidance and mentorship during promotional exams as well as during the testing process for different positions within the department or other agencies.
Each year, the NLPOA holds an annual training conference. This year's training conference was held in Orlando, Florida. Next year's 2014 Annual Training Conference will be held here in Las Vegas Nevada. The registration fee is usually $275 and is normally paid for by the local chapter; this yearly cost is subject to available chapter funds and board approval. Members are responsible for the cost of their own flight when attending an out-of-state NLPOA Training Conference.
In addition to out-of-state training, the NLPOA also holds local training for all law enforcement officers who are interested. Those NLPOA members interested in attending local and West Coast training can have the cost of registration paid for by the local chapter with board approval and subject to available chapter funds. The NLPOA feels that it is important to give our members the opportunity to attend as much training as possible to increase their chances for promotion and professional advancement.
The NLPOA also partners with PLEA (Professional Law Enforcement Association); PLEA is a legal defense plan designed to protect our members in case they ever find themselves in the unfortunate situation of potentially losing their employment with the department. In the event that members find themselves involved in an internal investigation as a subject or witness employee, our local NLPOA chapter can send an NLPOA representative to accompany the member during an internal investigation hearing if needed. If you already use a PPA representative, we will be there for advice and support throughout the process. This includes going and speaking with command staff on your behalf if necessary.
By no means are we suggesting that you use the NLPOA in place of the PPA. The NLPOA is not a traditional union. We are a law enforcement association recognized by our local police department and will stand by our members always and in any situation they find themselves in. We, the Board, hope that our members maintain their local union membership as well as maintaining their NLPOA membership. Look at the NLPOA as additional coverage and an opportunity to help in the community you serve.
To conclude this letter, I want to talk about our community relations. The NLPOA is proud to take part in raising money for local scholarships as well as an annual Christmas toy drive for less fortunate elementary school children. In addition, we are considering a partnership with a local program meant to reduce juvenile delinquency. We feel that it is of the utmost importance to do our part in giving back to our community. I hope that this letter has been informative. We invite all officers, members and non-members, to contact us with any question they may have.
Marco Alvarado, President National Latino Peace Officers Association Las Vegas NV/ Clark County Chapter.
First, I want to thank the outgoing Board of Directors (BOD) for their hard work and dedication and welcome our new members to the board. I would also like to thank those who voted for me and assure those that did not, I will continue to steer this association in the right direction and build on the successes of the previous BOD. Also, thank you Marco Alvarado and the Las Vegas Chapter BOD for their hard work in putting on another successful convention.
As we move forward in our association, there will be challenges and changes. Although our mission and goals remain the same, there must be flexibility and tolerance in how we operate. I spoke of inclusive leadership, a leadership style which promotes unity within our ranks and solidarity in accomplishing our stated mission and goals. In the coming months we will be busy, as change is not easy, but in this economy and day and age it is necessary.
Many of you have already contacted me with ideas for national improvement, and local issues you would like to see addressed. The new Board of Directors and I, will look at the pressing issues facing the association and prioritize them accordingly. Your issues will not go unheard or unrecognized.
As I campaigned around the country, I heard from many of you, and although there are issues facing all of us, none were insurmountable; because we are the type of association that will either go around, over, or through our challenges. Additionally, the state of our association at a local level is amazing. Many of our chapters are doing great things in our communities and are proud to express what they have accomplished, this was evident this week in Las Vegas at our 41st Annual Training Convention.
Lastly, to those chapters barely holding on or just getting started, I will make myself available and encourage those successful chapters to share their blueprint for success. This will ensure the association continues to grow and remains healthy.
Andrew Perez Peralta National President N.L.P.O.A. Phone: 702-204-6383 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nevada State President Marco Alvarado
LV Chapter President Jesus Jimenez
Chapter Vice President Romaine Gibson
Chapter Treasurer Rudolfo Gil
Chapter Secretary Jessica Farside
Chapter Parliamentarian Candie Stieb
Event Coordinator Sandy Wayne
Recruitment Liaison Mark Stieb
Nevada currently has an active NLPOA membership of over 200 members. The membership is presided over by an Executive Board duly elected each November. Current Board members are listed above, and their contact information is available on the Contact Us page.
-NLPOA- Las Vegas Chapter PO Box 271477 Las Vegas, NV 89127
NLPOA is a Public Benefit Association. It is recognized as a Non-Profit Organization, IRS 501(c)(3), number 94-3165929.
NLPOA does not discriminate against any individual because of race, color, sex, or religion and membership is open to all.
Today, National Latino Peace Officers Association is the largest Latino Law Enforcement Organization in the United States, with local chapters in many cities throughout the country. Its membership includes Chiefs of Police, Sheriffs, Police Officers, Parole Agents, and Federal Officers, all of whom are employed at the local, state, and federal levels.
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Monthly board meetings of the NLPOA Las Vegas Chapter are usually held on the first Monday of each month from 1530 to 1700 hrs (3:30pm - 5:00pm) at the Latino Chamber of Commerce, 300 North 13th Street.
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