Massachusetts Latino Police Officers Association
"Honoring Service, Promoting Leadership and Protecting Our Community"
Members and Supporters, 11/4/2017
On Friday September 7, 2012, I decided to create an organization that can affect positive change for Latinos in Law Enforcement here in the Commonwealth. I must be honest that I had my doubts if we were would succeed. I was nervous because I was unsure of where the organization would head. It was a difficult decision to make because I did not want to fail personally and I did not want the organization to fail. Five years later, the organization is still here and through the efforts of many, we continue to work every hour, of every day, of every week to ensure that our goals and objectives are met in support of our mission.
As I reflect on our beginnings, I saw a challenging journey I knew I could not do alone. I needed the expertise of those who knew what would be best for this organization as it grew. It was not an easy task but I did find leaders who provided both their input and advice on where this organization should head. To those of you who have been with the organization from the beginning and are still involved, I thank you. I thank you because you have provided me with both the knowledge and reassurance that we can make this organization successful by making both smart and methodical decisions.
Over the last 5 years we have accomplished many things. We have advocated on behalf our members for promotion, and we have assisted with clearing the path of obstacles so that young Latinos can prepare for their law enforcement careers.
We have attended promotional ceremonies, police graduations and been involved with various committees involving diversity. We have and continue to honor a hero, Officer Jose A. Maceira, who in 1977 died in the line of duty. Our scholarship program bears his name and provides scholarships for our young men and women who are seeking a career in law enforcement. We have engaged ourselves in community events so that we can help bridge the gap between law enforcement and communities of color; and we have established partnerships with known Latino organizations throughout the country and across the Commonwealth who continue to make a difference and who have welcomed us on their journey.
There is still a lot of work to do, but that should not deter us in our planning for the next five years. We need to remain steadfast in our efforts of being involved within our communities and accomplishing our goals and objectives. Relationships between law enforcement and communities of color need reconnecting and recruitment of minorities, especially Latinos, needs to be more effective. It is incumbent upon us that we work together on the challenges with our law enforcement executives and legislators to ensure that both our communities and police officers are safe. It is imperative for us to send a positive message that supports beneficial change and ensures that positive relationships continue here in the Commonwealth.
Thank you to all of our supporters, donors, sponsors, members, family members, community and police chiefs for your continued support. Your support over these last five years has been inspirational and we are excited for the next five years. We are forever grateful for your support.