New Jersey Asian American Law Enforcement Officers Association
The NJAALEOA is one of the few law enforcement entities that offers the public associate membership. Yearly dues are $40.00 and an application can be printed by clinking on to membership. Associate membership consists of those citizens who are supportive of Asian Americans in law enforcement as well as supportive of the law enforcement community as a whole.
The current 2018 Executive board consists of the following personnel
Joe Luistro, President (Edison Township PD)
Neel Patel, 1st Vice President (Edison Township PD)
Raymond Alfaro, 2nd Vice President (NJ DOC)
Alan Chow, Treasurer (U.S. Customs)
Grace Marotta, Recording Secretary (Morris County Sheriffs' Office)
Fred Rivera, Sgt. At Arms (Bergen County Sheriffs' Office)
Robert May, President Emeritus (Port Authority of NY & NJ PD)
Jay Weinberg and Benjamin Choi are legal consuls for the association
The association has answered hundreds of questions from NJAALEOA associate members as well as from others.
The association constantly seeks resumes of Asian Americans who are US citizens, no older than 35 years old and wish to seek a career in law enforcement. If you are interested in a career in law enforcement send a resume to PO Box 958 Old Bridge, New Jersey 08857 or leave it with the Officer if the NJAALEOA is participating in a program in your area.
The NJAALEOA is a non profit organization. The sworn members of the association do not get paid to conduct any of the programs the association produces for the public. Corporate sponsorship is always sought. If you are interested in sponsorship with the association please call (732) 405 - 2860.
Asians in Law Enforcement.... Perfect Together.
Why would an Asian resident of New Jersey consider a career in law enforcement? The answers are as diverse as the reasons why Asians do not seek a career within the field.
Our young Asian generation is often pulled away from a career in law enforcement by our family members. Parents and grandparents of Asian children often believe the law enforcement field is an undesirable career option because of their observations of policing back in Asia and the sensationalized media coverage here where the focus is often negative. This is only now slowly changing as Asians become more aware of the many benefits of a career in law enforcement.
Competition from other career avenues diminishes the pool of available Asians seeking jobs within law enforcement. Positions such as in banking, engineering, computer programming and many other jobs that are popular with Asians are vulnerable to our fluctuating economy and this often means downsizing and layoffs. Seeking second and third career starts as we get older is not an easy task for most of us. Fortunately a career in law enforcement is historically one that ensures job security. Most people who enter the law enforcement field remain for at least twenty to twenty-five years and finish with a substantial pension for their public service.
The hiring process for obtaining law enforcement employment within a municipality can at times seem difficult. Some municipalities prefer to hire from within its borders. A recent publication described how six out of eight newly hired police officers were relatives of current or retired police officers from the same departments. However, Asian officers are also welcomed and wanted by many towns and cities. And despite the odds, Asians must continue to strive forward and take the entry law enforcement tests whenever possible.
Sworn law enforcement officers may encounter dangers of varying degrees during their careers, but that is only one aspect of the job. Sworn law enforcement officers will also save lives, make a difference to the community and have a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that many other careers do not offer.
There is a genuine need to have Asians seek careers within the law enforcement field in New Jersey. The NJ Asian American Law Enforcement Officers Association continually seeks Asians who desire a rewarding career in law enforcement. There are as many benefits as there are challenges. Call (732) 405-2860 to speak to an Asian American sworn law enforcement officer.
Robert May, President Emeritus, NJAALEOA
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