(Baton Rouge)  One-year after an unprovoked attack on members of the Baton Rouge Police Department and the East Baton Rouge Sheriffs Office, HAPCOA presented its Aguila Azul National Recognition Award to the men and women of these departments.  This award was presented in recognition of the entire departments internal strength and dedication to the community that they serve.  HAPCOA commended the agencies for their professionalism and untiring service while challenged by an unprovoked assault on its officers which resulted in the death of its officers.

HAPCOA National Treasurer Clarence "CJ" Jorf, representing HAPCOA's membership, traveled to Baton Rouge and presented the HAPCOA awards at a special ceremony held at the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office.  Receiving the HAPCOA Aguila Azul awards were East Baton Rouge Sheriff Gautreaux and Sgt Coppola of the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Last July HAPCOA awarded it Aguila Azul Awards to the men and women of the Dallas Police Department and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department who also suffered the lost of its officers also during an unprovoked assault.