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Central Valley Chapter celebrated the Association’s 45th Anniversary-September 15, 2017
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Central Valley Chapter
Celebrated the Association’s 45th Anniversary
September 15, 2017

Sam, Kam Galante being presented plaque and state legislature certificates by NLPOA Founder Vicente Calderon

On September 15, 2017 the Central Valley NLPOA Chapter celebrated the Association’s 45th Anniversary, along with Officer of the Year Gala for law enforcement agencies from throughout Tulare County as well as California Department of Corrections Officers from prisons located in the area. We had the pleasure of having our California NLPOA State President Ralph Nieves, his lovely wife Jill, Rick Buernia (Kings County NLPOA Chapter President and Lifetime Member Mariano Flores in attendance.

The evening started in a most positive note, the chapter proudly recognized Visalia business Woman, Kam Galante, and owner of Galantes Dezigners Art Gallery for her generosity and commitment to Tulare County Children. Ms. Galante donated a Children’s Identification kit to the Central Valley NLPOA Chapter to be used by the chapter in providing readily available emergency information to first responders, as well as for other emergencies involving a child.

Tulare County Board of Supervisors issued a Proclamation Honoring National Latino Peace Officers Association Day/Vicente Calderon Day in Tulare County and proclaimed September 15th as NLPOA Day and Vicente Calderon Day. Vicente also received Certificates of Recognition from California’s Senate and Assembly.

Our Keynote Speaker was California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Under Secretary Ralph Diaz Jr. who is also the son of NLPOA Lifetime Member Ralph Diaz Sr. who passed away last year in Visalia, California. His presentation covered many present-day aspects of incarceration and treatment of inmates in California as well as changes in dealing with addicts while incarcerated in attempting to encourage change in their life styles through treatment and education. After, Secretary Diaz presented our Ralph Diaz Sr. Youth Scholarship recipient, Manuel Martinez who will be attending Sacramento State University, a $1,500.00 check to help him obtain his educational goal.

This was a great event as commented by those present, Tulare County Sheriff/Coroner Mike Boudreaux, Captain Damon Gilmore California Highway Patrol Visalia Office Commander, as well as the police chiefs of several police departments located in Tulare County and whose officers received commendations from both the California State Senate and Assembly for Officers of the Year.

Sheriff Boudreaux gave a most impressive talk on several recent successful human trafficking investigations which resulted in one hundred percent prosecution by the Tulare County District Attorney of numerous individuals. This investigation overflowed to Kern and Los Angeles Counties where additional arrest were made. The most important part of Sheriff Boudreaux talk was his statement that over 80 individuals, young women and men plus numerous adults were freed from bondage and a life of prostitution, drugs and suffering brought about by the perpetrators.

All Tulare County Sheriff’s Department investigators involved in this incredible, but successful case was present and recognized at this event, they also received accolades from both the Senate and Assembly for their outstanding and dangerous work.

Officers of the Year from Corrections also had their personal stories to relate in receiving their recognition and awards. Many of these officers are young and dedicated to their careers. We look forward to an extremely positive and fruitful NLPOA recruitment effort in the coming months.

We wish to commend and thank the California Highway Patrol Honor Guard who did an outstanding professional presentation of the Colors and looked very sharp.

A great big thank you for our 45th NLPOA Anniversary and Officer of the Year Committee, Suzanna Aguillera Marrero, Richard Holguin, Clyde Galaviz, Ben Rodriguez, their dedication and commitment to our chapter paves the way toward chapter growth, through example, and can only lead to a more committed membership.

Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux acknowledging his Human Trafficking Investigative Team that successfully prosecuted numerous trafficking criminals from Tulare, Kern and Los Angeles County. This investigation released over 80 women, young men and women from prostitution, drugs and other criminal bondage.


Kiefer Caseraz CDCR Councilor, Vicente and Ralph Diaz Jr.

Captain Gilmore with California Highway Patrol Honor Guard

Kings County President Rick Burnia (center) and NLPOA chapter members

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