Greetings to all.
On this beautiful Christmas I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your commitment to serve. Only our families and our brothers and sisters in uniform know how much dedication and commitment it takes to serve our communities. Some of us joke that we do it for ‘the good pay and retirement', but let's keep it real. There is no municipality that can pay a Peace Officer for all the human tragedy that an Officer witnesses during ones career. It truly takes a resilient, courageous, and loving person to serve. And for that I thank you.
In addition to individual acts, there are great organizations that have been formed by these same men and women for the purpose of creating a new future. We are all fortunate to be part of one of them- The National Latino Peace Officer Association. There is no better time like the present to acknowledge this. You are all part of this great Association that has contributed so much to both peace officers and communities. For that, thank you. Thank you for being a leader in your respective organization by being a member of this association.
So in the Spirit of Christmas, my heartfelt thoughts of happiness, health, and peace are wished upon you and your loved ones.
I end with a Challenge. I challenge all of NLPOA's members and officers to step-up in your respective positions this coming year. We need each other now more than we ever have. I believe that it is no longer a struggle against inequalities but a struggle against ourselves and the image that we are building. I challenge you to step out of your comfort zones and take some initiative to do what is right, to complete what has been left unfinished, and most importantly to fulfill our promises and oath of our office. I for one except this challenge and hope to be held accountable. We are all great people and can accomplish much when we work together. Let's make 2014 NLPOA's year.
Que tengan una Feliz Navidad y un
prospero ano Nuevo.
Lorenzo J. Uribe (EMAIL)
NLPOA Long Beach President
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