(Washington, DC) HAPCOA honors the memories of all the fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters and innocent victims that perished in the unprovoked terrorist attack against the United States in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC. seventeen years ago, on September 11, 2001.
HAPCOA also acknowledges and thanks the dedicated Public Safety Officers who selflessly volunteered to worked countless hours, days and weeks at the disaster recovery sites; many of whom did not want to leave in the hopes of finding more survivors. Their fortitude and resilience speak highly of the professionalism demonstrated and the instant bond that was forged with others, as a result of their common resolve. This shared experienced formed a camaraderie; which today, has developed into lifelong relationships. Sadly, it has also caused survivors, families of the victims, Public Safety Officers and their families to contend with survivors’ guilt, PTSD, and a whole host of medical related issues in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11th.
The events of 9/11 serve as a powerful motivator and reminder that Americans of all walks of life can and will unite during period of crises. We honor the families of the fallen heroes and all Public Safety Officers committed to the safety of our communities and our way of life.
HAPCOA, the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, established in 1973, is the oldest and largest association in the U.S. of Hispanic American command officers from law enforcement and criminal justice agencies at the municipal, county, state and federal levels. With members in hundreds of agencies across the United States and Puerto Rico, many of whom are active in local chapters, HAPCOA is a national organization with a local presence.
HAPCOA's mission is to "empower the future of law enforcement" by assisting law enforcement, criminal justice and community organizations nationwide in their efforts to recruit, train and promote qualified Hispanic American men and women.
For more information visit: http://www.hapcoa.org