Latino Peace Officers Association - Omaha
The Community Partner Award was given to Latino Peace Officers Association-Omaha (LPOA) at the SHSAA Hall of Fame ceremonies in 2017.
LPOA was developed to promote professionalism in the Police Officers Department. There is a huge emphasis on families and youth especially in South Omaha. They sponsor an all community Christmas party, and fill approximately 20,000 eggs for an Annual Easter Egg Hunt. In 2005, the Latino Peace Officers Association joined with the Police Athletic League and started P.A.C.E. (Police Officer Community Engagement) program. The program is dedicated to preventing “at risk”, inner-city kids from becoming involved in gangs, crime and drugs. It provides an opportunity to develop discipline, self-esteem and positive moral values through team sports like soccer, baseball, and volleyball.