AMIGOS EN AZUL.Amigos En Azul (AEA) is a police fraternal organization within the Austin, Texas, police department (APD) and was formed to act as a community liaison between APD and Austin’s Hispanic communities, to recruit Hispanic police officers, and to promote equitable treatment of Hispanic officers at APD. The organization’s motto is “Dedicated to a better community.”
The group was established in 1982 by APD officers Alvaro Hernandez, Joe Maciel, Billy Sifuentes, Mel Villanueva, and Roger Sanchez, who saw the need to improve their department’s image and working relationship with the Hispanic community and its own Hispanic police officers. It was chartered in 1984 as a not-for-profit organization.
Amigos en Azul holds social events, fundraisers, and scholarships. From a single $200 college scholarship, the organization’s scholarship project grew to 12 $1,500 scholarships annually and had awarded more than $200,000 to local students by 2022. Amigos en Azul also provides funds to surviving relatives of deceased members.
Since incorporation, AEA has been affiliated with several national organizations, including the National Latino Police Officers Association, the Texas Hispanic Police Officers Association, and the Coalition of Hispanic American Police Associations.
Officer Gamboa has been the president of Amigos en Azul since 2018 and has recently retired from APD and leaving Officer Jimenez as the newly elected president of Amigos en Azul. Officer Jimenez has been with Austin Police Department for 10 years , she is an Army Veteran and has a 13 year old son. Along with Officer Gamboa , both manage the organization as copresidents and she is the second female president for the organization .
Amigos is made up of dedicated individuals who are passionate about making a difference in the world. From our volunteers to our board members, everyone at Amigos en azul is committed to our mission and the children we serve.