On Saturday, November 15, 2014, members of the HAPCOA National Executive Board (President Xavier Morales, VP Richard Rosa, Director at Large Manny Ovalle and Executive Director Tony Chapa) attended the Hispanic National Law Enforcement Association (HLEA) and United Black Officers Association Strength in Unity Gala held at the Clarion Hotel in Prince Georges County (PGC), Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Also attending the event were PGCPD Chief of Police Mark McGaw and PGSO Sheriff Melvin High.  Anthony Chapa, Executive Director of HAPCOA served as the Gala opening keynote speaker.  Chapa introduced Gala attendees to the newly formed HAPCOA National Capitol Region Chapter.  All HAPCOA Chapter board members attended and were also introduced (Chapter Board members: President Joe Perez, Major Pacheco, Capt Rodriguez, Lt Maldonado, & Mike Rodriguez)

The event was attended by 350 members of the Prince Georges County Police Department, the Prince Georges County Sheriff’s Office, members of the Washington DC Association of Police Attaches from Latin America, visiting Law Enforcement Officials, elected members of local government and supporting business owners.

The Strength in Unity Gala provided numerous awards to officers and deputies who supported community events, law enforcement projects and who excelled as law enforcement officers all in support of the mission of HNLEA and the United Black Officers Association of PGCPD and PGSO.  Receiving the HNLEA Leadership Award for 2014 were HAPCOA’s National Board Members Richard Rosa and Anthony Chapa.

HAPCOA National Board members:  Morales, Rosa, Chapa and Ovalle.