(Washington, DC)  HAPCOA was invited to participate in the National Narcotic Officers Associations’ Coalition (NNOCA) 2017 Drug Enforcement Forum this past September 12-13, 2017 in Washington, DC at the Ariel Rios Federal Building – ATF National Headquarters.

The mission of NNOAC is to bring leaders within the law enforcement community together to discuss the challenges we all face surrounding drug policy and related issues.  Those challenges include:  exploring emerging drug and crime trends as well as indentifying strategies to counter these trends; increasing collaboration between federal, state, and local partners; assessing legislation aimed at criminal justice reform, sentencing policy and asset forfeiture, along with other issues that impact effective enforcement at our nation’s drug laws.  The objective of the forum was to host a vibrant discussion on these important topics to ascertain where stakeholders stand, to develop consensus where it can be achieved, and to craft a common message that will help to advance common policy goals.

Invitees consisted of representatives from federal, state, and local law enforcement associations and agencies; local, state and federal prosecutors, and some organizations with an interest in drug policy. 

Featured speakers at this years event included Acting Director Tom Brandon, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg, Drug Enforcement Administration; and Attorney General Jeff Sessions who provided the Keynote Address.

Representing HAPCOA was Manny Ovalle, National Board Sgt at Arms and Captain Joe Perez (Prince Georges County Police Department), HAPCOA National Capitol Region Chapter – President.