About Us :
HISTORY OF THE COMMITTEE
At the conclusion of the 1993 Hispanic Heritage Month Program which was sponsored
by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and under the leadership of then
Special Agent Raleigh Lopez, who later became the Assistant Special Agent in Charge
of the Chicago Office, a discussion took place about the celebration of Hispanic
Heritage Month.   Those present discussed the small number of Hispanics in the
various law enforcement agencies and how the celebration sometimes entailed going
to lunch together.  The idea was to bring Hispanics from the various law enforcement
agencies and create a forum to recognize Hispanics for their contributions to law
enforcement and  the communities they serve.

The following year 1994, C.L.E.H.H.C. was created with the participation of more than
20 officers from 20 law enforcement agencies.  Throughout the years the size of the
committee has changed, some members have transferred, some have retired and
others left us for good as in the case of Raleigh Lopez.    In his memory C.L.E.H.H.C.
has dedicated  an award recognizing outstanding law enforcement officials who not
only have made great contributions to law enforcement; but also shown pride in their
Hispanic heritage and set an example for others to follow.
The recipients performance and
dedication to law enforcement
represent  a positive example to
his/hers  profession and their
communities. ..
OUTSTANDING LAW ENFORCEMENT
SERVICE AWARD
The non-sworn  individual must
demonstrate his/her continuous high  
standard  of performance in the   area
of support to a law enforcement
agency..
OUTSTANDING LAW ENFORCEMENT  
SUPPORT AWARD
.
OUTSTANDING CIVILIAN AWARD
The recipient of this award should
be one that consistently performed
with excellence his/hers law
enforcement  career.  Additionally:
1.Encouraged and assisted
qualified Hispanics to enter the
field of law enforcement.
2. Acted as a role model  and
mentor for others to follow.
3. Foster better relations among
Hispanics from the various
agencies.
4. Works with the Hispanic
Community addressing crime
issues and other concerns.
AWARDS
TYPES & CRITERIA
WHAT IS C.L.E.H.H.C?:
Director Larry Trent of the Illinois State Police, lead agency for 2008
and representatives from the department during the 2008 event
RALEIGH LOPEZ LIFETIME
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Presented to civilians whose efforts
have aided to curtail or prevent crime
in their respective communities..

((If you wish to recommend someone for an award please use the "multi-purpose" form
in the Calendar section of our website)