I recently returned from a trip to Phoenix, Arizona to speak to the Maricopa County Chapter’s General Membership meeting. I spoke to the membership about the importance of continuing to tell the story of NLPOA to their peers and others. I emphasized my belief that NLPOA exists to build bridges to diverse communities; to teach young people the importance of considering a career in law enforcement and above all, to carry the rich traditions that our organization’s founders established for us. Those traditions include assisting one another in times of need and to be role models for our communities we serve, for example.
I was pleased to see the Maricopa County membership has grown and that the members’ motivation to further the organization is stronger than ever. This renewed energy and passion has been accomplished through the leadership, enthusiasm and dedication to the NLPOA’s mission by its local chapter president, Andrew Gomez. This revitalization of the chapter has led to new contacts within federal, state and local governments and new opportunities for our national board. Thank you Andrew for being committed to the NLPOA and rising to the occasion in Arizona!
On a more somber note, there were many discussions centered on the recent shootings of peace officers around the country. From Harris County in Texas to New York and Minnesota, the attacks on law enforcement officials are becoming more deliberate than in previous years. Just to give you background, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page (www.odmp.org) the following are statistics of peace officers killed in the line of duty from 2012 through 2015:
With an average of 47 officers killed in the line of duty from September – December the previous three years, this year is shaping up to be especially troubling. More to the point, the type of officer killings have ranged from ambushes to flat out executions this year.
As your president, I have had several interviews with local and national media outlets about this year’s rash of peace officers’ killings. My message has been consistent and will remain the same. The NLPOA supports peace officers. As an organization, we will implore from our elected officials, both locally and federally, to work with peace officers and the community to quell the level of violence against peace officers. As an organization encompassed by diversity of people, we also support the fair treatment of all community people; regardless of skin color, social status or religious affiliation. NLPOA is committed to continue to build trust between peace officers and the community at-large. In this same vein, NLPOA implores the community to respect those who protect their communities.
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 Samuel Mendoza
LV Chapter President Jesus Jimenez
Chapter V.P.-Corrections Romaine Gibson
Chapter V.P.-Police Sam Solorio
Chapter Treasurer Rodolfo Gil
Chapter Secretary Jessica Farside
Chapter Parliamentarian Cesar Garcia
Event Coordinator Anita Saucedo
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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