The Black Police Officers Association was established in 1974. Prior to that date the organization was known as the Minority Officer’s Association. MISSION OF BPOA To increase the awareness of the community, to be the conscience of the Criminal Justice System, and to enhance the quality of life in the African-American community. Description Established in 1974, the San Diego BPOA is fraternal organization comprised of law enforcement members and supporters both sworn and non-sworn in San Diego County. The organization represents the National Black Police Association (NBPA) as its San Diego Chapter affiliated with the NBPA Western Region. The BPOA (like the NBPA) is governed by a local Board of Directors. The President is the official spokesperson of the Board. The organizations purpose and mission is to promote fairness, equality, and justice in law enforcement while also being a role model organization in the community it serves. The organization maintains close ties to its roots in the community and is frequently called upon to lead from the front and be both a resource and liaison between law enforcement and the community. The BPOA is a diverse equal access organization. Members must support the organizations goals and mission to serve.