Massachusetts Latino Police Officers Association, Inc.
"Honoring Service, Promoting Leadership and Protecting Our Community"
Samuel Santiago has been a police officer for over 24 years, starting as a campus police officer for several colleges and Federal Police Officer with the Department of Defense and currently with the Town of Shirley for the past 17 years.
Mr. Santiago was appointed to Acting Chief of Police in February 2017. Mr. Santiago became permanent chief and was promoted to Chief of Police in July of 2017.
Mr. Santiago has a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Public Sector Leadership. Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services/Criminal Justice from Springfield College graduating Cum Laude.
Mr. Santiago has also earned:
Next Generation Leadership Training, Fitchburg State University
Police Chief and Command Leadership Academy, Endicott College
Diversity & Inclusion Certificate Program, Clark University
Graduate Certificate, Suffolk University-Massachusetts Municipal Association Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management.
Samuel Santiago - Vice-President
Yessenia Gomez is currently a Police Officer at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is a RAD Instructor and a Sexual Assault Investigator. Prior to working at MIT, Mrs. Gomez was an officer at Wellesley College for 10 years. She was a dispatcher/911 operator in the Town of Wellesley and a 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 holds a Master's of Science Degree in Criminal Justice: Emergency and Crisis Management from Lasell College.
She is a graduate of The Special State Police Academy in New Braintree. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Association of Women in Law Enforcement.
Mr. Richard Pomales began his law enforcement career in 1987 with Natick Police Department as the first Latino officer for Natick PD and the first full-time Latino officer for the Metrowest Area. After 2 ½ years with Natick Police Department he then transferred to Framingham Police Department where he still remains.
Mr. Pomales has held several positions within the department such as: Commander of Street Crime Unit, First Commander of the Metrowest Drug Task Force, Sub-Station/Community Police Officer, and his current assignment as Sergeant.
He currently holds a longtime position on the Framingham Police Athletic League Board of Directors. Is a member of the class of 2000 Metrowest Leadership Academy. Past recipient of MADD Officer of the year, and 2015 American Legion Officer of the year.
Mr. Pomales holds a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from Western New England University.
Christopher Santiago is a dedicated and energetic campus law enforcement professional with 24+ years of service to various institutions in New England. He is an experienced administrator with a passion for community policing and believes strongly in both leadership and mentorship. He works with many to help them achieve their goals in his role as a servant leader and brings that to his role on the MLPO Executive Board.
Christopher Santiago - Clerk