"Honoring Service, Promoting Leadership and Protecting Our Community"

In September 2012, The Massachusetts Latino Police Officer’s Association (MLPO) was founded with the purpose to provide support, advocacy, and both individual and professional development to its members; to improve and increase diversity in law enforcement, and to bridge the gap between the community and the police. In short, we want to honor service, promote leadership and protect our communities.

Within the confines of this mission, in the fall of 2014 a scholarship was formed with the purpose of assisting an aspiring Latino/a in achieving their goals of attending an Accredited 2 or 4 year institution of higher education or to attend either the Massachusetts State Police Officer Academy (SSPO) or a Massachusetts Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) approved Reserve/Intermittent Police Academy or Full-Time Officers Academy as a self-sponsored recruit officer.

Scholarship Requirements

Applicant must:

  • Be a resident of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Have received a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Demonstrate community involvement
  • Be able to meet the entrance requirements for an Accredited 2 or 4-year institution of higher education (if the scholarship is for college). If being used for college applicant must be a member in good standing or the dependent of a member in good standing with a minimum of a 3.00 GPA and being pursuing a baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice, Sociology, Psychology, Social Work, or other approved program to be used upon graduation to build and further service within the community.
  • Or be able to meet the entrance requirements set forth by the Massachusetts Municipal Training Committee (MPTC), as well as:

Application Process

Applicant must submit a package consisting of:

  • A 500 word personal essay explaining why the applicant wants to pursue a career in criminal justice.
  • A resume (highlighting extracurricular activities and community involvement)
  • Two letters of reference from a teacher/guidance counselor for College use; or one letter of reference from a supervisor and one letter of reference from a personal reference.
  • A copy of the college/university or Police Academy acceptance letter
  • Certified Copy/Copies of transcripts or copy of GED

Once application package has been submitted it will be reviewed by the scholarship committee. Applications that are for college use must be received by no later than May 15th of each year. Scholarship recipients will be notified by June 30th. Applications that are for Academy use will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be dependent on Academy selection. All application packages must be submitted via e-mail to maceirascholarship@masslatinopolice.org.

*DISCLAIMER: Awarding of this scholarship and successful completion of the applicant’s course of study does not guarantee employment in the criminal justice or law enforcement field. 


  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Possess a valid Massachusetts driver’s license
  • Have no felony convictions
  • Pass a medical exam based on HRD requirements
  • Pass the Physical Abilities Test (PAT)
  • Pass a background investigation

Officer Jose A. Maceira was appointed to the Boston Police Department in February of 1974. In November of that same year,

Officer Maceira was dispatched to a call for a suspicious person and located two men involved in drug use. Officer Maceira was shot during this incident. His condition was grave, but he recovered, with significant life-long damage. In 1977, two and a half years after being shot in the line of duty, he succumbed to the injury. Born in Puerto Rico, he served honorably in the United States Navy and was a Vietnam Veteran, being discharged in 1967.

Officer Maceira is the first Hispanic Boston Police Officer killed in the line of duty, as well as the first Hispanic Officer killed in the line of duty in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

MLPO honors Boston Police Officer Jose A. Maceira

Jose A. Maceira Scholarship Program