(Washington)  HAPCOA and the National Latino Peace Officers Association (NLPOA) were invited to join other national leaders in Law Enforcement at the White House on Thursday, September 18, 2014 to participate in a Law Enforcement Stakeholders Meeting.

This meeting was called by members of the President’s staff who were looking for conversation and opinions in respect to important questions raised about State and local law enforcement’s use of military-type equipment and tactics.  The discussion centered on the acquisition process and its approved use by acquiring police departments.

Immediately following this meeting a second meeting was held by the White House Domestic Policy Counsel, Roy Austin, Deputy Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity.  Both HAPCOA and NLPOA voiced views and lead discussion regarding law enforcement & public safety diversity, recruitment and inclusion.  Representing HAPCOA at this event was Anthony Chapa, Executive Director and representing NLPOA was Andrew Peralta, National President and Felipe Ortiz, National Board Advisor.  Also attending these meeting were representatives from various police associations to include: IACP, NOBLE and WIFLE.