Massachusetts Latino Police Officers Association
Luis A. Cruz is currently the Senior Advisor for the Massachusetts Latino Police Officers Association. Mr. Cruz is a member of the Boston Police Department as a district detective commander at the rank of lieutenant detective.
Mr. Cruz has been in law enforcement for over 28 years.
He is a graduate of Northeastern University, Suffolk Law School, and the F.B.I. National Academy.
Jacobo Negrón is the President and Founder of the Massachusetts Latino Police Officers Association. Mr. Negrón is currently a police officer with the Harvard University Police Department assigned as a Detective with the Criminal Investigations Division. Mr. Negron has been with the Harvard University Police Department for over 10 years.
Mr. Negrón has served in various leadership positions such as State President for the National Latino Peace Officers Association, National Vice President for the National Coalition of Latino Officers, and a steering committee member for the Association of Harvard Latino Faculty and Staff.
Mr. Negrón has a bachelor's degree from Curry College in Criminal Justice/Sociology with a minor in Management.
Ruben Porras is currently the Director of Security for United Parcel Service (UPS). His area of responsibility is the entire Northeast Region. He has been employed with UPS for 24 years in a variety of positions.
In March 2015 he was transferred to the New England area from Baltimore/Washington DC. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland (1991, B.A. Criminal Justice).
Ruben's parents are from Cuba and is a first generation born in the United States, New York City.
Sergeant Nobrega holds numerous certifications including firearms instructor, defensive tactics instructor, and physical fitness instructor. Sergeant Nobrega has her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree there. She is a member of MAWLE as well as the Massachusetts Latino Police Officers Association (MLPO).
Sergeant Nobrega is married and has three sons – her two oldest are currently serving in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Army.
Chief Christopher Santiago has devoted the past 20 years of his career to serving in the field of higher education, primarily in campus law enforcement but also serving in various Student Affairs positions to include Admissions, Athletics and Residence Life.
He holds an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Mount Ida College, and has completed police academy training requirements in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He has served at seven institutions, to include: Mount Ida College, Simmons College, Keene State College, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Colby-Sawyer College, Boston College and Wheaton College.
His current position is as the Director of Public Safety & Chief of Police at Wheaton College in Norton, MA.
Jose L. Lozano has served the Boston Police Department for the past 20 years. During this time, he has held various positions which help him in his current role as a Sergeant Detective in the Bureau of Investigative Services.
Mr. Lozano earned a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Boston University, where he furthered his passion for social justice and leadership. He has served as a member of several social justice organizations providing leadership in the advancement of their goals.
Mr. Lozano has also been a leader in the advancement of Latino issues, especially for Latino Police Officers in the Commonwealth.
Prior to his current role as the 2nd Vice President of the Massachusetts Latino Police Officer's Association, he served as the Vice President of
Yessenia Gomez is the current MLPO Clerk. Mrs. Gomez is currently a Police Officer with Wellesley College Police Department. She has been employed with Wellesley College for 9 years.
She is a RAD Instructor, A Sexual Assault Investigator, a Fire Safety Team Member and DCJIS Representative. Prior to Wellesley College, she worked 4 years as a dispatcher/911 operator in the Town of Wellesley and 2 years as Probation Case Specialist at Dedham District Court.
Mrs. Gomez is of Salvadoran descent and migrated to the US when she was 9 years old. She is proud graduate of Chelsea High School. She attended the University of Massachusetts Boston where she attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice/Sociology.
She is a graduate of The Special State Police Academy in New Braintree. She is also a MA Licensed EMT-Basic and a member of the Massachusetts Association of Women in Law Enforcement.
Sergeant Marisol Nobrega is a 17 year veteran of the Lowell Police Department. She is currently assigned as a second shift patrol supervisor in the Bravo Sector of the City. Marisol Nobrega is the first female Hispanic officer to be promoted to the rank of sergeant in the history of the department.
Sergeant Nobrega has extensive experience in training and education. She was a Staff Instructor at the Lowell Police Academy for over eight years, for which she earned the 2013 Mentoring Award from the Massachusetts Association of Women in Law enforcement (MAWLE) for her work with student officers. In addition to her work in Lowell, she provides recruit and in-service trainings throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including having served as the Lead Staff Instructor at the very first class of the Methuen Police Academy.
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the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers (MAMLEO) for six years.
His specialties are the management of day to day operations, case management/report writing, training/professional development for department staff, and crime awareness education/crime prevention programming for the campus community.
He believes strongly in the importance of community policing and has a true passion for working with young people, specifically in the areas of leadership and mentorship. He spends countless hours working with students, staff members and professional colleagues in these areas and brings those experiences to his work as the Executive Vice President of the Massachusetts Latino Police Officers Association.