Des Moines Police Chief honored by National Latino Peace Officers Association

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Des Moines Police Chief George Delgado was honored Nov. 15 by the National Latino Peace Officers Association with their 2013 NLPOA Award.

The ceremony took place at the Lago Azul Restaurant in Des Moines.

The National Latino Peace Officers Association was founded in the early 1970’s by officers from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol. Since then the organization has become one of the largest Latino Officer Associations in America, with NLPOA Chapters all across the Nation, including WA State.

George Delgado became Des Moines’ 9th Police Chief in July of 2012. He is a husband and proud father of five children. He began his career with the California Highway Patrol in 1989. His first assignment was in East Los Angeles where he developed an interest in establishing an expertise in Hispanic gangs. From East Los Angeles, he was re-assigned to the San Diego area where he worked until 1995. Chief Delgado then relocated his family to the Portland / Vancouver metro area after being hired by the Vancouver (WA) PD.

Hired as an Officer, Chief Delgado worked in the Patrol Division for two years before being selected to become part of the Clark County Interagency Gang Task force. As a Detective, Chief Delgado recognized that many California gangs had migrated north and had taken up residence throughout the Northwest to include the Vancouver area. He worked hard to attack the gang and crime problems in Vancouver and eventually was promoted through the ranks to Commander.

Since coming to Des Moines, one of his goals was to re-energize the department by having the officers engage the public whenever and wherever possible. He has established a Citizens Advisory Committee to help the department and the city come together on common goals for the community.

Chief Delgado is an advocate of solid enforcement, prevention, and intervention programs as a wrap-around approach to addressing a continuously evolving gang problem. He’s worked with a number of cultural groups as a way of getting to know cultures. In getting to understand ethnic cultures, he believes the doors of communication and collaboration are opened, and synergy is built. It is Chief Delgado’s hope that law enforcement can see itself as a partner in the fight to win back our communities, and together with the legislature, communities can be given the tools to defeat the scourge of violence and crime.

The goal of the National Latino Peace Officers Association is to promote equality and professionalism in law enforcement. The objectives of the organization are to create a fraternal/professional association that provides its members and members of the community with career training; conferences and workshops to promote education and career advancement; mentoring; and a strong commitment to community service including, but not limited to, citizenship programs, mentor programs, reading programs in our elementary schools, training programs for individuals looking for a career in law enforcement and promotional workshops for our police and sheriff’s departments are just a few of the contributions from the association.

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