(New York City) On Sunday, July 14, 2019, HAPCOA and the Global Alliance of Hispanic Law Enforcement Professionals (GAHLEP) participated in the annual New York City Cuba Day Parade. This year the ‘Padrino” of the parade was Manuel Dela Rosa, Deputy Chief (retired) of the NYPD. Chief Dela Rosa, who served on the NYPD for 38 years, was born in Cuba and came to the USA at 13 years of age. Chief Dela Rosa has 8 grown children and 7 grandchildren.
Chief Dela Rosa also served as the HAPCOA Aguila Award Luncheon Keynote Speaker at the 45th Annual National Law Enforcement Training Symposium this past May 1st in Baltimore, MD.
GAHLEP President & Founder Johnny Nunez (SGT, NYPD) served as a parade organizer and officially invited HAPCOA National Executive Director Tony Chapa to attend and to serve as an invited guest of honor (“Invitado de Honor 2019”).
The parade included attendees, dance teams, and musical acts from several Latin American community organizations from Colombia, Mexico, Dominican Republic, El Salvador and several others.
Thanks to GAHLEP the NYPD supported this event with its Honor Guard, Auxiliary Police Officers, Traffic Officers, Mounted Patrol and Police Officers who secured the parade route.
NYPD Chief Dela Rosa and Tony Chapa, HAPCOA
HAPCOA Chapa with troop representing Mexico
NYPD Honor Guard Leads the Cuba Day Parade