It is with honor and pride in our association that I begin my term as President of the National Latino Peace Officers Association California State Chapter. I want to thank all of you for the support and countless hours that you devote to the efforts of our association. We are in tough times not only from budget constraints but from societal issues. I recall that the same issues were prevalent in the early 1970’s when we were the target of many groups that felt underserved by our profession. We overcame this by reaching out to our communities and ensuring that community policing was successful. I believe that the success was because of associations like ours.
My goals for the California State Chapter are to increase local chapter growth. I will use my home chapter as an example. We have many Latino Officers in all of the agencies within our chapter area. We have a lot of support from the senior management in all the local agencies, however, the younger officers are not seeking membership. We need to get the word out to these young officers.
Overcoming the barriers to communication is another of my goals. I say that I am a digital immigrant and the younger officers are digital natives. We as an association must learn to speak digitally and get the word out about the great things that we are doing. An informed membership is an active membership. Let’s get our web pages, phone lists, e-mail lists and contact lists updated. My intention is to visit each chapter within the state at least once during my tenure.
I ask all of you to become familiar with our by-laws and SOP’s as well as our mission and vision statements. By creating a professional association that provides support, advocacy, and ensuring equal opportunity in the administration of justice for our members the communities we serve; our service to our communities will not go unnoticed
Thanks you for your support and participation.
Rafael (Ralph) F. Nieves
National Latino Peace Officers Association
California State Chapter
The Si Se Puede Conference at Fresno State University was well attended as in the past years. NLPOA Fresno County has participated for the last 8 years in this event. For the last 20 years the American Mexican Educators of Fresno County, Fresno State University and various Latino professionals come together for the benefit of our young Jr. High School and High School students in the Fresno and Madera Counties. Over 900 Latino Male students attend the conference. The purpose of the event is to encourage the Latino Males to stay in school. The Latino Professionals tell their stories of how we succeeded in our careers facing the many challenges. Law Enforcement is one of the professions and seems to draw a lot of interest from the students. This year NLPOA Fresno County Chapter members Sergeant Jose Gutierrez, Luis Guillen and Sergeant Ian Holguin, from the California Highway Patrol represented NLPOA. The students appreciate the time and effort the professionals contribute. Thank you goes out to all the Latino Professionals who took time from their busy schedules to work and mentor our youth.