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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Plainfield officer elected national president of Latino peace officers group



Edwin Maldonado, new national president
of the National Latino Peace Officers' Assocation.

Plainfield police officer Edwin Maldonado was elected national president of the National Latino Peace Officers' Association (LPOA) at its 37th national convention in Austin, Texas this past weekend (more here).

Maldonado, a popular cop known to everyone as 'Eddie', is a lifelong Plainfield resident and a twelve-year veteran of the Plainfield Police Division. He founded the New Jersey chapter of the LPOA in August 2003, and quickly became recognized as a leader in the field of of law enforcement, community policing and community service. New Jersey now boasts six chapters of the national organization (see here).

The organization's goals include promoting equality and professionalism in law enforcement, recruiting Latinos into law enforcement, bridging the gap between Latinos and law enforcement, and honoring family, education and community through service and mentoring.

Maldonado has been recognized for his service and leadership with three Meritorious Duty awards, five Excellent Duty awards, five Commendation awards, one Life Saving award and  numerous letters of commendation. He is a graduate of the Union County Police Academy and is certified in arson investigation, hostage negotiation, community policing, and as a personal protection specialist, in addition to being an instructor at the County police academy.

The LPOA is the largest Latino law enforcement organization in the United States,
boasting 75 chapters or chapters-in-organization (see here), grouped in five regional associations. The organization includes chiefs of police, sheriffs, police officers, parole agents and federal officers employed at the local, county, state and federal levels.

Congratulations, Eddie!






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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations National President Edwin Maldonado, "Eddie." I always knew you had it in you to excel in law enforcement, 'cause that's how we do in PPD. I look forward to working with you and the NLPOA.

Siddeeq W. El-Amin, Captain -Retired
NOBLE Region One Vice President
(National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Officer Maldonado. I hope you can motivate and create collaboration with all groups. It is encouraging to see this.