Plan to attend our annual Luau which is held on a Friday in July. There will be great food (as usual) and great friends. We will also have dancers from from various peoples that live in and around the Pacific Ocean. Make a note for July on your calendar. It is usually held at the Balboa Park Club at 5:00 P.M.

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Our Purpose and Mission

The purpose of our association is:

  • to provide training and support for pre/post employment in law enforcement professions with a particular emphasis on the recruitment, advancement, and promotions of Asians and Pacific Islanders;
  • to encourage and support the belief that the work force should reflect the makeup of the community;
  • to provide speakers/translators and provide liaison between law enforcement and the various cultural communities;
  • to recognize and appreciate our cultural diversities and encouraging interaction and understanding, by creating and maintaining a feeling of friendship and fraternity among members and in the community;
  • to provide charitable funds for worth while causes;
  • and to provide scholarships for the children of our members and the community who chose law enforcement as their profession as well as other areas of study.

Our History

The Law Enforcement Alliance of the Pacific (LEAP) was officially formed on Tuesday, March 16, 1993, by the thirty-four charter members with the ratification of our original constitution. San Diego Police Chief Bob Burgreen was present and extremely supportive of this endeavor. The alliance had members who were Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Guamanian, Hawaiian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, and Vietnamese. Law enforcement is not a traditional profession for Asian and Pacific Islanders and they were grossly under-represented at all levels within the oganization in 1993, as well as the present time. The tragic death of Korean born, Ben Kwang Hyun Chu, acted as a catalyst for the few Asian and Pacific Islanders on the San Diego Police Department to form LEAP.

The association's first officers were Tom Orden, President; Cesar Solis, Vice President; Katie McGee, Treasurer; and Khamp Thongrivong, Recorder. The association's officers were assisted by board members, Leroy Kealohalani Dailey, Lynn Le, Tom Li, Jerry McManus, Hung Nguyen, and Mike Yaptangco.

In August of 1993, it was discovered that there was a similar association (LEAAP) in the Los Angeles area with a similar name and acronym. Due to this conflict, the name, Pan Pacific Law Enforcement Association (Pan Pac), was adopted as our new name.

On Friday, September 3rd, a golf tournament was held jointly with the Black Police Officers Association. The Archie Buggs-Ben Chu Golf Tournament was held at the Bonita Golf Course where 80 participants teed off. Proceeds from the tournament were applied to each association's scholarship program. The following year, the Archie Buggs-Ben Chu Golf Tournament had 100 participants.

At the time of the association's formation there were only 68 police officers of Asian or Pacific Islander descent. Due to the recruiting efforts of association members, seven additional officers were going through police academy training by the end of our first year representing a 10% increase.

Pan Pac Events and Participation

Pac Pac participated for the third year in the San Diego Dragon Boat Race and won second place. Click on 2007 Dragon Boats to see a power point picture slide show. You will need to have Microsoft PowerPoint to view the slideshow. You can also download the free PowerPoint viewer from Microsoft which will allow you to view and print PowerPoint presentations. Click on 2006 Dragon Boats to see the power point from last year's race.

Check out our latest newsletter: Spring, 2004. April, 2004.

Pan Pac received two awards at the 8th Annual Asian Community Leadership Awards at Viejas in February, 2004.

See photos from Pan Pac's 2003 luau.

Check out our photos of past Pan Pac events such as the Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego (FALSD) and Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego (PALSD) Anniversary Dinner, Philippine Presidential Dinner, the Pan Pac Recognition Awards Luncheon, the Asian-Pacific Islander Festival, the UPAC Dinner, and 2001's luau.

Congratulations to our newly elected board members!

Our Current Board Members (2009-2010)

President: Taerance Oh
1st Vice President: Rudy Tai
2nd Vice President: Jerome McManus
Treasurer: Roy Moody
Recorder: Esmeralda Tagaban
Historian: Marlon Estepa
Director of Membership: David Yu
Director of Community Relations: Cesar Solis
Sergeant at Arms: Paul Choi
Director of Specials Events: Sandra Montez

Join Now

Our current membership numbers 114 members. Membership is open to all employees who work for a law enforcement agency or are members of the business community who support our efforts. We have members from the California Department of Justice, San Diego County District Attorney, San Diego City Attorney, San Diego Police Department, San Diego City School Police, and National City Police . Are you a member? You can join today by contacting any of our members or downloading an application. Our dues are currently only two dollars per pay period through payroll deduction if you are a member of the San Diego Police Officers Association or the San Diego Municipal Employees Union.

Other Asian and Pacific Islander law enforcement associations we are affiliated with:

National Asian Peace Officers Association

National Association of Asian American Law Enforcement Commanders

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