National Chapter Candidates

Below are some of the candidates running for the NLPOA National Chapter.  We are providing this info for you to review and get to know these candidates

Jorge Leon

New York State Correction Officer
NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
President – NLPOA – Bronx Chapter

PROFILE
It is with excitement and dedication to expand the reach of NLPOA that I, Jorge Leon, am officially announcing my run for the office of the National Latino Peace Officers Association – East Coast Vice President position.
As a New York State Correction Officer, I have over 20 years of experience in The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and is guided by the department’s mission to ensure public safety throughout my daily tasks.

As a graduate from Lehman High School in 1989, I have a passion for people and the community. I served as a member of the local Bronx Community Board One and for five years I was the Chairman of the Municipality Committee dealing with issues, concerns and focused on the MTA, NYC Parks, NYPD and several other agencies all having an effect on the quality of life in the community.

As a member of the Lincoln Hospital Advisor Board, I served as the Liaison between Lincoln Hospital and the Community Board. Through my recognized volunteer work and commitment to bettering the neighborhood in which I live, I was honored by the Office of The Bronx Borough President and received several recognitions for my involvement in the neighborhood. Through the Eagles Lions Club where I served as the President and as a Member of the NYPD 40th Precinct Community Council, I continue to dedicate time in giving back to better build relationships. As a Member of the Kiwanis, District Leader in the 84th Assembly and State Committeeman for the Conservatory Party I spend much time connecting the community through events, activities, and various awareness events.

As the current President of the National Latino Peace Officer Association (NLPOA) – Bronx, NY Chapter, I have been involved in the movement to bridge the gap between the Community and Law Enforcement through collaborations, charity events and educational workshops throughout the borough and New York City.

I am currently living in The Bronx and attending St. John’s University, pursuing a Bachelor/Master’s dual Degree in Criminal Justice. When elected, I will continue to work hard and diligently by assisting new chapters with incorporating, formulate pathways for 501c3 status, contribute to establishing legal service for our members, increasing membership. At the same time, I will focus on promotional training to enhance their opportunities in obtaining leadership and executive roles in their respective agencies and local governments.

I am committed to investing my all and taking our organization to the next level on the East coast. Vote for me, Jorge Leon, and let us get to work!

Beverly C. Rodriguez

Police Officer- K9 Unit
Metro Transit Police Department

Beverly Rodriguez joined the Law Enforcement family in 2012, as a Police Administrator for Three Rivers Park Police. During her five years of dedicated time at Three Rivers, she served as an Administrative Assistant with the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association. Beverly helped manage police training and provided services to police chiefs in the state of Minnesota.

Through diligence and perseverance, Beverly earned her Associates degree in Law Enforcement at North Hennepin Community College, later enrolling at Saint Mary’s University, for her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

Beverly Rodriguez was sworn in to the Metro Transit Police Department of Minnesota in 2017. In 2018, she received a Department Commendation Award for her performance and professional skills. In 2020, she was awarded a Unit Citation award for her outstanding work on the Homeless Action Team. In May of 2021, Beverly certified with the United States Police Canine Association. She currently serves on Metro Transits K9 Unit alongside her police canine, Bristol.

Beverly currently serves as the Vice President of the National Latino Peace Officers Association (NLPOA)-Minnesota Chapter. She has served on the Minnesota board for the last three terms. Beverly helped coordinate the NLPOA 2019 46th Annual and Training Conference, in Saint Paul Minnesota. During the conference Beverly was the hotel logistics point of contact. Beverly took charge of organization for classrooms, vendors, equipment, and overall timeline of events during the conference.

Beverly is running for the Northern Region NLPOA Vice President position in hopes to share her experience and contribute on a national level. If elected, Beverly will actively work to serve the northern chapters and ensure their ideas and perspectives are acknowledged and heard.

Gregory M. Gonzalez

ABOUT ME
28-year professional law enforcement career has led him to the deputy chief position of the 900+ sworn officer Omaha Police Department. I am a 26-year veteran of NLPOA, served as the Omaha Nebraska Chapter President and part of the Nebraska chapter executive board for over 15 years. Currently, I am the Northern Region NLPOA National Vice President. I would appreciate your vote for President of the National Latino Peace Officers Association!

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Science
Criminal Justice
University Of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO)

Masters
Public Administration
University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO)

Graduate
FBI National Academy

Police Academy Instructor
Adjunct Instructor (UNO), Criminal Justice

Greg launched his law enforcement career in 1993 with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, where he worked uniformed patrol and on a federal narcotics task force. He transferred to the Omaha Police Department in 1995 and has worked in two of the police department’s most high-profile units, the gang unit and undercover narcotics unit. Among Greg’s previous leadership roles: commander of the Traffic Unit, commander of the Criminal Investigations Bureau’s Investigations Unit. As deputy police chief, Greg was responsible for the Unformed Patrol Bureau, in charge of over 450 police officers. He is now assigned to the Executive Services Bureau, where he oversees the Training Unit and Crime Prevention Unit and School Resource Program. Greg was instrumental in equipping OPD with Body Worn Cameras in 2018. Greg oversees the department’s Research and Planning Unit, responsible for maintaining its CALEA certification. He has overseen the hiring of over 400 new police recruits and is the OPD Legislative Liaison.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Active in the Omaha community where he was raised, Greg serves on many governing boards, including Mentor Nebraska and the Police Athletics for Community Engagement (P.A.C.E.). P.A.C.E. sponsors the free youth soccer and baseball program that serves over 6,000 youth in the summer months, a time when at-risk youth are most vulnerable. Greg is a strong supporter ofcommunity policing. P.A.C.E. was started by the Nebraska NLPOA Chapter.

For his work, Greg has received awards including: the high intensity drug trafficking case of the year award; police sergeant and captain of the month; He was selected as Omaha’s Latino of the year in 2012 for his participation in the department’s police athletic league. Greg was recently awarded for his community service “above and beyond the call of duty” for his work with area youth. In 2018 Greg received the “Living the Dream” Martin Luther King Jr. award for his service to the Omaha community. I have dedicated my life to public service and asking for your vote to be your next national president.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Leadership
Training
Accreditation
Investigation Community Engagement Legislation

• 12 years, American Legion

Kenneth D. Chavez

Leadership Experience – Honorably retired at the rank of Lieutenant in 2021 after serving for 42 years on the Denver Police Department, a department of 1,600 Officers, while simultaneously serving 36 years in the Colorado Army National Guard, which include four combat tours (Haiti, Afghanistan, & Iraq). I retired in 2016 at the rank of Colonel. I served in Patrol, Investigations, Special Operations, & Administrative Support units. I feel I have the experience, education, and training to further the NLPOA’s mission at the local, state, and national levels. It would be an honor to serve the NLPOA’s membership in this critical leadership role. I would be grateful to get your vote in Sept 2021. I have been a NLPOA member for the past 18 years and served on the Denver and Colorado State Chapters for the entire 18 years. I was elected to serve on the NLPOA National Board in 2018 and continue to serve in this capacity at this time. I feel that I am now in the best position to continue my service to the NLPOA as its National President. As I am retired, I can dedicate my full time to the NLPOA National President position without undue interference, influence, or time constraints imposed from a Chief, Sheriff, or Senior Law Enforcement Leader. I am dedicated to increasing the NLPOA’s membership numbers, supporting LPOA members in the promotion and appointment process, and leading NLPOA efforts and agendas at the local, state, and national levels.

Education – Masters Degree in Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College• Masters Certificate in Homeland Security, University of Denver
• Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice, Metropolitan State University
• School of Police Staff & Command, Northwestern University

Non-Profit Experience – 18 years, National Latino Peace Officers Association

• 17 years, Denver Police Officers Foundation
• 4 years, Education Foundation Colorado National Guard
• 2 years, Denver Police Protective Association (Union for Denver Police Dept.)
• 12 years, Veterans of Foreign Wars
• 12 years, American Legion

Juan Peralta

Juan is a native of Mexico City and immigrated into the United States in 1993. Juan joined the United States Army in 1997 and is currently serving in his 24th year assigned as a Military Police Supervisor (Squad Leader) and Detention NCO-Sergeant of the Guard (SOG) in Arlington Heights, IL. Juan is a highly decorated service member and participated in several combat deployments to Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan (twice) and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (twice). Juan has completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology: Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Law Enforcement Leadership, both from the University of St. Thomas-MN. Juan is a police officer assigned to patrol with the Metropolitan Transit Police Department since 2015, where he is part of the MTPDs Peer Support Team (PST), Honor Guard (HG), Bicycle Rapid Response Team (BRRT) and Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). Prior to joining MTPD, he worked as a Juvenile Probation Officer in Anoka County and worked over 13 years in corporate/private security and investigations. Juan has been a life-time volunteer in the community.

In the last 25 years, Juan has clocked over 3,000 hours of volunteer service to organizations such as: Brooklyn Park Police Department as a Reserve Officer, Sigma Tau Omega (∑ΤΩ) Fraternity as Provost, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Military Youth Academy as a Mentor, Soldiers Against Drunk Driving (SADD), Minneapolis Police Athletic League (PAL), MN Special Olympics (SpOly-MN), Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District (DID) and currently member at-large of the Board of Directors of Skyscape Homeowners Association (SHOA) where he is involved in the preparation and approval of a multi-million-dollar annual budget. Juan has been a member of the National Latino Peace Officer Association (NLPOA) and the LPOA – MN Chapter since 2005 and during that time he was a student member, an associate member, an Active LE Member, and volunteered to be Chapter’s historian and administrator for both national and local chapter social media platforms. Juan also assisted the treasurer managing the chapters merchandising/brand and is a certified grant writer/coordinator. Juan was selected Sergeant-at Arms in 2016 and elected Chapter Treasurer in 2020. Juan is currently a member of the NLPOA 50th Anniversary Event planning committee and the Academic Scholarship committee. Juan has recruited dozens of new members, as well as solicited and secured several thousands of dollars in donations and grants. Juan was selected as MN-LPOA Member of the Year in 2007 and 2020.

Juan wants to become the 2022 Editor because he wants to contribute to the NLPOA organizational growth; cares deeply about the NLPOA’s well-established public reputation and understands the intricate mechanics of information technology, modern publications, and social media strategies. Juan aims to modernize this area to meet the high demands of 21st Century Policing.

Carlos Ortiz

I have been associated with the NLPOA since 2004. In 2004 I started the NLPOA School Safety Chapter. In 2007 I took over the NY State Chapter because the President resigned for personal reasons. During this time I also assisted the NY State Court Officers Chapter.
I retired as a Sgt. From the NYPD Division of School Safety where I worked from 2001 to 2013. My duties included patrol, Bronx West and Queens North Task Force operations and community affairs Gang Specialist.
I also worked with a team in a Special Projects Unit under the Chief of the School Safety Division. As a Gang Specialist Presenter I was tasked with preparing presentations for the Department of Education staff and students. I participated in the town halls and community panel discussions.
I taught behavioral science and tactical response at NYPD School Safety Division Police Academy. I am a NYS certified instructor in managing and preventing crisis situations. I also have my certification as a NYS security guard instructor. Prior to my School Safety position I spent 30 years with the NYS Office of Mental Health where I started in housekeeping and ended my career there as a Staff Development Specialist.
In 2018 I was asked by an NLPOA member to help start the Bronx County Chapter. I took on the role of VP/Mentor and the group was sworn in at the Denver Colorado Convention. I went on to start the Greater Ny Chapter in 2019.
I feel I am the right person for this position because of my leadership experience, my ability to engage with the community and my thorough knowledge of the NLPOA. My purpose for running is to establish and maintain a stronger organization while representing the NLPOA on the East Coast. I hope you will consider me for this position as I look forward to working with my fellow associate members here on the East coast and across the nation.

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