(Greenbelt, MD)  The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association – National Capitol Region (NCR) Chapter co-sponsored with the United Black Police Officers Association its annual awards banquet.  The theme of this year’s sold-out event was “Strength in Unity”.

Also supporting the event was the Hispanic National Law Enforcement Association and the Association of Police Attachés of Latin America (APALA).  The banquet was held at Martins Crosswinds, Greenbelt, MD and was attended by 400-ticketed guests. 

The evenings keynote speakers included Alejando Mayorkas, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and Maryland’s Lt Governor Boyd Rutherford.  Also providing remarks was Mr. Darryl Barnes, MD State Delegate, Prince’s Georges County District 25. Secretary Mayorkas was introduced by HAPCOA Executive Director Anthony Chapa and Lt Governor Rutherford was introduced by HAPCOA NCR Chapter President Captain Joe Perez. 

Honored guests included: MD Senator Victor Ramirez, MD Delegate Carlo Sanchez, MD Director of Hispanic Affairs Lorena Rivera, Director Roderick Allison, Federal Air Marshals Service, and Prince Georges County Chief of Police Hank Stawinski.

HAPCOA NCR Chapter President Joe Perez and United Black Police Officers Association President Thomas Boone presented both community and law enforcement leadership awards during the evening.  Director Allison, FAMS, presented certificates to members of the HAPCOA FAMS internship program.

Also recognized during the event were Col. Rafael Rojas (Chilean Carabineros) President of APALA and Police Attaché Nicolas Perrin (Mexican Federal Police) Vice President of APALA.  Also attending were APALA members Commissioner Glenn of the Panamanian National Police and Executive Director Alejandro Zunca.


HAPCOA Chapter President Captain Joe Perez, Chief Stawinski and MD Lt Governor Rutherford.


Chapter President Joe Perez speaks at Banquet


HAPCOA Executive Director Chapa introduces DHS Deputy Secretary Mayorkas.


DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas presents banquet keynote address.