(Washington, DC)  The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) invited the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) Executive Director Anthony Chapa to serve as a panelist at its Public Policy Conference, September 13, 2016, in Washington DC (http://hhm.chci.org/2016-agenda/).

HAPCOA was invited to participate in the CHCI panel entitled:  Homeland Security: Community Readiness Strategies for the Latino Community.  This session explored community readiness strategies to emerging situations and how to unify a community after an unexpected tragedy.  US Representative Peter Aguilar (D) representing California’s 31st Congressional District moderated the panel. 

Panelist included:  David Bowdich, Associate Deputy Director, FBI; Heather Fong, Assistant Secretary for State and Local Law Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security; Dr. Nadine Garcia, Deputy Assistant Secretary/Director for Minority Health (OMH); Mark Hartwig, Fire Chief/Fire Warden, San Bernardino County Fire Department and Anthony Chapa, Executive Director, Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association.  Chapa provided commentary regarding the role of a diverse workforce and emergency response training in support of the Hispanic community. 

The CHCI conference ended with the presentation of its 39th Annual Awards Gala.  Guest speakers included President Barack Obama.  The CHCI closing event included 2,500 guests from across the country including presidential candidates, cabinet secretaries, members of Congress, celebrities, corporate executives and nonprofit leaders.

The CHCI is a nonprofit and non-partisan 501(c) (3) organization, which provides leadership development programs and education services to students and young emerging leaders.  Learn more about CHCI at: www.chci.org.

Chapa speaks at CHCI as a member of the Homeland Security panel.

Chapa with Assistant Secretary Fong at CHCI Public Police Conference