WELCOME TO THE
ENFORCEMENT SOCIETY OF ESSEX COUNTY
HLES of Essex County is a non-profit organization committed to the empowerment, and support of Hispanic law enforcement officers; as well as the betterment of our communities by employing a numerous amount of community outreach programs and benefits.
The HLES was founded by Jessie Padilla and Raul Lopez in 1971. Together with 15 other brave souls, the vision for the organization in the 70's was to unite against discrimination within the police departments, and to offer support to the Hispanic officers receiving disparate treatment.
The Hispanic Law Enforcement Society of Essex County is a Non-Profit community organization with a membership comprised of officers from 22 Essex County municipalities.
The H.L.E.S. is committed to serving the communities of Essex County. The H.L.E.S. promotes unity and improving the quality of life of the residents', members and their families.
PROGRAMS AND BENEFITS
Toy & Clothing Drives
We organize yearly clothing and toy drives to spread the joy of the holidays to the children of our communities.
Back To School Drives
We pride ourselves in helping disadvantaged kids in our community get the supplies they need to go back to school.
Since 2011 HLES has provided over 150,000.00 in scholarships to high achieving college students.
HLES has hosted numerous softball tournaments to honor the fallen heroes of our Police Departments.
The HLES, currently has 500 members spread across Essex County. Led by President George Torres, our members are highly committed to improving the lives of our residents, through community focused events. We address fighting hunger, education and the prevention of violence.
In 2015 we established our HLES Headquarters located at 840 Mt. Prospect Ave, Newark, NJ 07104. HLES now can provide members with a safe place to come and discuss important issues.