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MLPO issues a statement in light of Boston Herald Story dated 06/16/2016
The Massachusetts Latino Police Officers Association is issuing this statement regarding the Boston Herald story published today, June 16, 2016, in order to make it clear that we did not write any letter nor did we provide any input regarding the letter that was sent to the Honorable Martin J. Walsh, Mayor of the City of Boston. We were informed of this letter being sent and received a copy for our organization records.
Our organization members, who are employed by the Boston Police Department, have not expressed any concerns or issues about the climate within the Boston Police Department.
We want the public to know that whenever the conversation of diversity is brought up within the ranks of the Boston Police Department or any other police department within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, it is our mission to engage in an open dialogue with the agency head and their respective designees when afforded that opportunity.
We are aware that diversity recruitment efforts are a constant struggle for all police chiefs in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, when they are searching for candidates to protect, serve and lead their respective police departments. It is incumbent upon our organization to take a proactive approach and offer our assistance when invited to do so.
The Massachusetts Latino Police Officers Association (MLPO) is the only active statewide Hispanic/Latino law enforcement organization in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that is comprised of active officers within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at state, city, campus, sheriff or corrections law enforcement level. Our current leadership is led by a group of diverse leaders representing municipal, city, college/university and private entities.
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MLPO Honors Officer Jose A. Maceira on Memorial Day
Boston, MA- On Monday May 30, 2016, The Massachusetts Latino Police Officers Association (MLPO) had the honor of being part of the Memorial Day ceremony held at the Puerto Rican Veterans Monument in the South End of Boston. The event organized by the Puerto Rican Veterans Monument Square Association (PRVMSA) was attended by members of both the Executive Board and General Membership of the Massachusetts Latino Police Officers Association (MLPO) because in addition to remembering all of our veterans, special recognition was given to the late Jose A Maceira. Maceira, a veteran himself, was a Boston Police Officer who was shot in the line duty and subsequently died as a result of the injury. The Maceira family traveled from various parts of the country to join the members of MLPO and of the PRVMSA in honoring their father/husband. Maceira’s family was represented by his three children and his wife.
The MLPO in collaboration with the Puerto Rican Veterans Monument Square Association, purchased two bricks to commemorate and honor Officer Jose A. Maceira. The two bricks were unveiled at the Puerto Rican Veterans Monument to recognize a man who gave the ultimate sacrifice, in serving both this country and the City of Boston with honor and dedication.
“It was such an honor to be part of this memorial and to honor a man who risked his life to keep others safe” states Jacobo Negron, President and Founder of the Massachusetts Latino Police Officers Association. It is so important for the community to know who Officer Maceira is and to honor his service to both the Boston Community and to this country.” Officer Maceira served honorably in the United States Navy and was a Vietnam Veteran.
A brief synopsis about Officer Maceira provided by Boston Police Commissioner William Evans: “Officer Jose A. Maceira was appointed to the Boston Police Department in the Academy Class of February 6, 1974. On November 23, 1974, Officers were dispatched on a report of a suspicious person and located two men involved in drug use. While being taken into custody, one suspect struggled with Officer Maceira and was able to take control of Officer Maceira’s firearm. The suspect fired one round which struck Officer Maceira in the face. The suspects were taken into custody.
Officer Maceira’s condition was grave, however he recovered, with significant life-long damage to his mouth and throat. In 1977, two and a half years after being shot in the line of duty, a piece of food became lodged in Officer Maceira’s injured throat. He began to choke on the food and was unable to dislodge it, he died during this medical emergency. He was 33 years of age. Officer Maceira’s death has been determined to be directly associated to the line of duty injury. Born in Puerto Rico, he served honorably in the United States Navy and was a Vietnam Veteran, being discharged in 1967.”
Officer Jose A. Maceira was the first Hispanic police officer within the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to lose his life as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty.
The Massachusetts Latino Police Officers Association would like to thank Commissioner Evans, Superintendent-In-Chief Gross, members of the Boston Police Department, the MLPO membership, the Maceira Family, friends and community members for joining us on this very important memorial.
“I would personally like to thank Mr. Antonio “Tony” Molina and Mr. Jaime Santiago, co-founders of the Puerto Rican Veterans Monument Square Association, for inviting us to be part of this special occasion and for their support. I would also like to thank Boston Police Officer Robert Anthony for his great work and due diligence in making this recognition happen”.
MLPO congratulates MLPO Member Alexander Nevarez as he graduates the Plymouth Police Academy.
Plymouth, MA- On Friday March 11, 2016, MLPO Member Alexander Nevarez graduated from the Plymouth Police Academy after successfully completing 25 weeks of rigorous training.
"We are very proud of Alex. He showed us that he was ready for this next step in his law enforcement career. He came to us for support and assistance and we are truly thankful that he has allowed us to join him on this journey. We wish Alex continued success".- Jacobo Negron, President/Founder
Mr. Nevarez was supported by his family who flew in from Puerto Rico as his little brother Jonathan Nevarez pinned the badge. We also want to extend our congratulations to the entire class of the 61st ROC. Job well done! Stay Safe!
MLPO is proud to support H.R. 2235 -
The Sean Collier Campus Police Recognition Act of 2013
The Massachusetts Latino Police Officer's Association is proud to support H.R. 2235 - The Sean Collier Campus Police Recognition Act of 2013 sponsored by Rep. Michael E. Capuano [D-MA-7] introduced on June 4, 2013.
The Act amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 which extends Public Safety Officer's death benefits to campus police officers.
We ask that you contact your representatives to share your support for this bill currently being re-introduced in Congress.
MLPO visits Lowell, Massachusetts. Welcomes New Members to the Organization.
Lowell, MA- On Saturday February 27, 2016, The Massachusetts Latino Police Officers Association (MLPO) held its second meeting of the year in Lowell, Massachusetts. It was a great turnout and we thank everyone for coming. We want to thank the Lowell Police Department for hosting us at their training center. We appreciate your hospitality.
(Pictured) MLPO members Jose Lorenzi, Gil Rojas and Julio Quiles welcome the following new members from the Lowell Police Department to the organization: Officers Jacqueline Mercado, Feby Colon, Socrates Deno, Aramis Velez and Sgt. William Castro from the Essex County Sheriff’s Department. Welcome to the organization!!
Judge rules Boston police exam discriminated against minorities
Boston, MA, Monday November 16, 2015- A federal judge ruled Monday that a promotional exam for Boston police lieutenants was discriminatory. Click here for the full story!
MLPO's first fundraising event a success, thanks all members, sponsors, supporters and guests that attended.
Saugus, MA-The Massachusetts Latino Police Officers Association would like to give a big thanks to all of our members supporters and guests that attended our social/fundraiser last night at Hooters Restaurant in Saugus, MA.
Our event was a success and we can’t thank you enough for your support. We especially like to thank our sponsors: United Parcel Service (UPS), UMass Boston PD, GLOCK, Inc, Merengue Restaurant, Hooters Restaurant and the Professional Law Enforcement Association (PLEA).
We also like to thank DJ Alejandro Mango, who did an outstanding job the entire night keeping our guests entertained with a great mix of Latin music. We look forward to future events with DJ Alejandro Mango.
And a BIG thank you to Hooters General Manager David Rodriguez, Manager “Super” Lue Hernandez and our waitresses LeeAnne and Alyssa for being such great hosts to the MLPO and for making this event a success.