to Encourage Scholarships
by providing financial assistance to youth,
Promote Diversity in Law Enforcement through
Sponsored Training and Education Programs,
and Conduct Outreach Programs
in Partnership with the Community.
Established in 1991
In September 1991 the Hispanic Law Enforcement Association of Union County was organized. The 50 member unit was comprised of law enforcement throughout Union County and Northern New Jersey. Membership included community leaders who shared the values and goals of the Association.
Officer Juan Colon was appointed the first President of the HLEAUC in lieu of an election. April 1992 Officer Manuel Perez Jr. was elected President along with Sergeant John Vazquez as Vice President. At that time the mission of the HLEAUC was to promote diversity at the Elizabeth Police Department by fostering increased representation of Police Officers of Hispanic heritage. At the time Elizabeth had a Hispanic population of approximately 40%. Currently, Elizabeth Hispanic population is well over 50%.
Today the H.L.E.A.U.C. proudly supports several community civic projects, scholarship programs for high school students, police exam tutorial as well as social and cultural activities. The organization attributes their success to the dedication of all its members as well as the continued support all those who attend and sponsor our annual gala.
The Hispanic Law Enforcement Association of Union County (HLEAUC) recognizes the challenge to provide an incentive for aspiring criminal justice professionals of Hispanic heritage to become law enforcement and community leaders of the future. It is for this reason the HLEAUC Scholarship committee is an integral part of the mission of the HLEAUC. The goal of the committee is to develop educated, confident and caring leaders who share the values of and who contribute to excellence in the community. The Scholarship Committee is committed to developing young people who have an interest in law enforcement by supporting education through scholarship, by fostering interest in law enforcement through mentoring and by developing a sense of community through community -based service.
In 2015, the HLEAUC awarded 7 scholarships. The Union County College Scholarship was awarded to Evelyn C. Alvarez and Jianna. Both students are Criminal Justice Majors and plan to pursue a career in law enforcement.
In addition, we were proud to establish a scholarship at Kean University in Union NJ. Kean has become a World Class educational institution, with an East Campus in Hillside, NJ, a campus in Ocean NJ and Wenzhou-Kean in China. In our very first year, we were able to award 4 Scholarships at Kean. The students all majoring in Criminal Justice and one minoring in Psychology. The student were, Juan Camilo Cordoba, Juan Del Toro, Lucia Gonzalez and Anais Viviana Peralta. All the students, but one, attended our Annual Gala on October 24, 2015 and were acknowledged. Ms. Lucia Gonzalez could not attend as she had recently been promoted at work.
Also, in 2015 we awarded a scholarship at a local private high school, Roselle Catholic. The student, Anthony Gonzalez was chosen for his academic achievements. He was not able to attend our gala, however we extend our congratulations on all his achievements.
The HLEAUC is committed to the community and will continue in 2016 with the hopes of awarding 10 scholarships collective from UCC and Kean.
The HLEAUC congratulates all 2015 recipients on their achievements and in receiving the 2015-2016 HLEAUC Scholarship.
Juan Guzmán, Jr.
Ina (Perez) Silva
Manuel Perez, Jr.*