In the early 1970′s two Latino peace officers had a vision of a Latino law enforcement association, working cooperatively with law enforcement agencies and the community to recruit, select and retain Latinos into the criminal justice system. John Parraz, from the Sacramento Sheriffs Department and Vicente Calderon, from the California Highway Patrol, using their personal time and money, organized and eventually founded what is now known as the National Latino Peace Officers Association. Today, N.L.P.O.A. has chapters from coast to coast.
The Ventura County Chapter has been funding scholarships for youths in our community since 2003. Each year a scholarship banquet is held in April to honor the recipients. NLPOA is a non-profit organization and the funding for the scholarships comes from donations and several fundraising events held by the Ventura County Chapter. Some of the fundraising events include working a food or beverage booth at the California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard. The NLPOA Ventura County Chapter also holds an annual Comedy Show. The Ventura County Chapter has been recognized nationally for their commitment to providing youths in our community with a chance to obtain a higher education.
We are a 501 (c) 3 organization and our EIN is 93-1333088.
NLPOA Ventura County Chapter By-Laws (revised 2015)