HAPCOA Executive Director Tony Chapa and Hispanic National Law Enforcement Association (HNLEA) President Joe Perez, among other law enforcement executives were invited to the Colombian Embassy in Washington, DC to meet with Colombian National Police Director General Rodolfo Palomino. 

Several members of the renewed HAPCOA National Capitol Area Chapter were also in attendance and all had an opportunity to meet General Palomino and to discuss HAPCOA.  During the evening, Colombian Ambassador Luis Carlos Villegas, proudly advised that Colombia’s newest export (other than coffee and flowers) was the skill of its Police Officers who were now supporting law enforcement efforts in Latin America.

We were also briefed on the special efforts of the Social Work Association, headed by the General’s wife, which benefits family members of the Colombian National Police.


Lt Joe Perez (HNLEA), “Juan Valdez”, Tony Chapa & General Palomino


Tony Chapa & Joe Perez pose before the Colombian National Police flag.