October 1, 2015
OCT 2015 – EXPLORER SELECTED FOR 2015 HAPCOA SCHOLARSHIP AWARD FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPLORERS
Explorer John M. Aldaco was selected for the 2015 Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) Scholarship Award for Law Enforcement Explorers. Explorer Aldaco is a member of Post 892 sponsored by the U.S. Border Patrol office in Deming, New Mexico. Explorer Aldaco has been a Law Enforcement Explorer for three years and is a 2015 graduate of Walden Grove High School where he was a member of the National Honor Society, served as a teacher’s assistant, and graduated with a 3.81 GPA. He currently is attending college.
Explorer Aldaco has served in various leadership positions in his Post to include Explorer Operations Supervisor. He was honored as the Border Patrol Explorer of Year in 2013. In addition to his participation in Law Enforcement Exploring, he also serves as a volunteer with the Junior Humane Society. Upon completing college, Explorer Aldaco wishes to join the U.S. Border Patrol and eventually become a helicopter pilot with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations division.
HAPCOA, established in 1973, is the oldest and largest association in the U.S. of Hispanic American command officers from law enforcement and criminal justice agencies at the municipal, county, state and federal levels. Through HAPCOA, chiefs of police, sheriffs and police superintendents from around the country are committed to meeting the challenges of selecting, promoting and retaining Hispanic American men and women in law enforcement positions within the criminal justice system. HAPCOA members work diligently to address the concerns of their respective communities and improve community relations through the implementation of innovative, state-of-the art training and educational programs.
The HAPCOA Scholarship Award for Law Enforcement Explorers was established to recognize Law Enforcement Explorers of Hispanic ancestry who have shown potential to become future leaders in the law enforcement and criminal justice profession. The award is granted on the basis of grade point average, participation in extracurricular activities, leadership experience, awards/recognitions, letters of recommendations, and an essay on the topic of “Why I want to pursue of a career in the law enforcement or criminal justice profession.” The award recipient receives an engraved award plaque and a monetary honorarium in the amount of $1,000 to be utilized for tuition, books and related expense. Congratulations to Explorer Aldaco on his selection for this prestigious award.