The mission of the LAPPL is to vigilantly protect, promote and improve the working conditions, legal rights, compensation and benefits of Los Angeles police officers. The organization, under the motto “Protecting Those Who Protect Others,” offers scholarship funds for members’ dependents. This year a committee of 20 police officers reviewed and scored the essays from 48 dependent applicants. The committee took into account a variety of factors to include grades, community service, background and social behavior. Casciani impressed the board of 20 officers that judged his essay and was selected as the top award winner from the candidate pool.