HAPCOA Member Selected as new Chief of Police in Fayetteville

Congratulations to HAPCOA Atlanta Chapter, 2nd VP, Gina Hawkins who was selected to serve as the new Chief of Police of the Fayetteville, NC Police Department. 

Gina previously served as the Chief Deputy in Clayton County, GA .

Here is the link to the great news:  http://abc11.com/news/fayetteville-names-gina-hawkins-as-new-police-chief/2155455/


HAPCOA Supports First Police Attach├ęs World Congress

(Washington, DC)  The Association of Police Attachés of Latin America (APALA) and the International Law Enforcement Attaches Organization (ILEA), with the support of the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA), held its First Police Attachés World Congress in Washington, DC at the Mexican Cultural Institute, on Thursday, May 25, 2017.

Those providing opening remarks included Ambassador Geronimo Gutierrez Fernandez of the Embassy of Mexico, Commissioner General Manelich Castilla Craviotto of the Mexican Federal Police (Mexico City), Commissioner Nicolas Gonzalez (President of APALA), Mexican Federal Police Attaché and Pierre-Edouard Colliex (President of ILEA), Europol Attaché. Over 40 police liaison officers and Attaches attended this event representing Latin America and Embassy’s in Washington, DC from around the world.  Also attending were members of several US law enforcement agencies to include the DC Metropolitan Police Department, the Prince Georges County Police Department, the Maryland Department of State, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and many others.  Also attending were members of HAPCOA and the National Latino Law Enforcement Association (NLPOA).

The program included three outstanding law enforcement briefings regarding post investigation reviews on significant and high profile international cases.  Presenting case reviews included members of the FBI Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties unit and its Art Theft Program of its Criminal Investigations Division who discussed several major art theft cases.  EUROPOL presented a review of ‘Operation Cedar’ which was an international money laundering case involving 6 countries which ended as a terrorist financing case.  Commissioner Perrin, of the Mexican Federal Police, made the final presentation wherein he reviewed operational details regarding the chase and capture of the notorious “Chapo” Guzman.

HAPCOA Executive Director Anthony Chapa was recognized and presented with an event certificate of appreciation for his help and support in organizing this year’s First Police Attachés World Congress.  The HAPCOA National Capitol Region Chapter raised funds in support of this event.

Following the presentations a reception was held within the Mexican Cultural Institute, which provided an opportunity for attendees to liaison and make additional contacts.

Opening Ceremony: First Police Attachés World Congress, Washington, DC

Mexican Federal Police Commissioner Nicolas Perrin, Commissioner General Manelich Castilla Craviotto and HAPCOA Executive Director A. Chapa

ALALA members from El Salvador, Panama and Ecuador exchange stories

HAPCOA Executive Director Chapa and Dr.John McLaughlin representing NLPOA


HAPCOA Represented at 2017 National Police Week, Legacy of Honor Gala and Candlelight Vigil

HAPCOA 1st VP Richard Rosa and HAPCOA NCR Chapter President Joe Perez

On Friday, May 12, 2017, HAPCOA NCR President Joe Perez and I represented HAPCOA at the annual Legacy of Honor Gala held in the Ronald Reagan building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.

This year’s Master of Ceremony was Greta Van Susteren, a big advocate of law enforcement.  The President and CEO of the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) Craig Floyd was present, former US Attorney General John Ashcroft, currently serving as the Chairman of the Memorial Fund and FLEOA President Jon Adler serving as the Memorial Fund Vice Chair to name a few.

The focus of this event is to recognize individuals, corporation and organizations that tell the American Law Enforcement story as well as help to raise funds for the NLEOMF.  On such group recognized for its continued support is the Police Unity Tour.  Founded in New Jersey, the Police Unity Tour help to raise awareness of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices.  At this year’s gala it was announced the Police Unity Tour has raised nearly 23 million dollars to date for the NLEOMF.  The Motorola Corporation has also donated 18 million dollars towards the construction of the museum.  The museum is set to open in the fall of 2018.  Also in attendance was National President Cindy Rodriguez of the National Latino Peace Officers Association.

On Saturday, May 13, 2017, the Candlelight Vigil was held.  Despite the cool weather and overcast skies this event is probably one of the most somber as the nation pauses to recognize its fallen heroes who died to protect the lives of American public.  Law Enforcement agencies from across the United States, its territories and from around the world were in attendance.

Present at the Candle Light Vigil DHS Secretary John Kelly.  He spoke, “Our fallen are not forgotten and will not be forgotten.  We set this night to honor and remember.”  He mentioned how Law Enforcement Officers, “Put the welfare of others before your own.  As LEOS you run toward the danger and not away from it.  The US Attorney General John Ashcroft stated, “We mourn today.  Each of these officers is more than just a name etched in stone.  We celebrate these heroes…for what they did and what they stood for.  We have your back and you have ours, thanks.”  

One hundred and forty-three officers were either assassinated or killed in the line of duty in 2016.  One is too much.  What we have today is disrespect for law enforcement and abandonment for the rule of law.  Let us not have a repeat in the years to come.

Submitted by:
Richard Rosa
National Board


HAPCOA Participates in Law Enforcement Roundtable; House Committee on Homeland Security

(Washington, DC)  The Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications and Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence held a joint roundtable with representatives of law enforcement on Thursday, May 18th at the Longworth House Office Building in Washington, DC.  The purpose of the meeting was to present to members of the committee a law enforcement perspective of the Department of Homeland Security’s outreach to State and local law enforcement.  The findings of this roundtable would be used to inform a future joint hearing the Subcommittees plan to hold with representatives from DHS.

Members of Congress present during the roundtable included: Representing the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications: Ranking Member Donald M. Payne (NJ-10); Member John Rutherford (FL-4).  Representing the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence:  Ranking Member Kathleen M. Rice (NY-4); Will Hurd (TX-23) and Shelia Jackson Lee (TX-18).

Invited members of the law enforcement community and also representing law enforcement associations included: Chuck Dewitt, Major City Chiefs Association; Assistant Chief Perry Tarrant, NOBLE; Sheriff Paul Laney, Cass County, ND; Jonathan Thompson, National Sheriffs Association; Sheriff Richard Stanek, Major County Sheriffs Association; Sheriff Jim McDonnell, Los Angeles Sheriffs Department; Lt Wayne Bilowit, Los Angeles Sheriffs Department; James Baker, International Association of Chiefs of Police and Anthony Chapa, Executive Director, HAPCOA.

A reception followed this meeting and contact was made with visiting Members of Congress and many senior staff members of the noted Congressional subcommittees.  HAPCOA made with Member J. Luis Correa (CA-46) representing the Subcommittee on Border & Maritime Security.

HAPCOA Executive Director Anthony Chapa and NOBLE President Perry Tarrant.

A Chapa, HAPCOA; Sheriff Paul Laney; Sheriff Jim McDonnell; and Assistant Chief Tarrant.


HAPCOA Member Releases Her First Novel

Congratulations to long-time HAPCOA member Maria del Carmen Irizarry-Rodriguez (retired Special Agent NCIS) on her just released novel entitled:  The Last Magical Year.

Maria and Gary Logan (retired NCIS) spent the past several year researching and writing their first suspense novel.    Maria provides the following synopsis:  "While our country is racing to break the Above-Top-Secret Japanese Navy Tactical Code, a dangerously handsome Hispanic-American naval officer’s involvement in a forbidden love affair with the young daughter of America’s most powerful, but bigoted, industrial baron, sets the young pilot on a path of destruction, culminating with the heart-pounding events surrounding our nation’s most crucial battle: the epic naval air encounter near Midway Island in the Pacific."  

The book is published through lulu.com, and is available in paperback and eBook format.

The Last Magical Year by Gary Logan (Paperback) - Lulu

We wish Maria the best with the release of her first literary work of art!


Statement by the International Association of Chiefs of Police on United States Immigration Enforcement Policy and Sanctions

Immigration enforcement is a complex and challenging issue for communities and their law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.

State and local law enforcement agencies are steadfast in their commitment to removing from their community’s dangerous criminals and others who pose a threat to public safety. Any suggestion to the contrary is simply inaccurate.

The IACP agrees that illegal immigration and border security issues directly impact the safety of communities and that effective action is needed to meet this challenge.  At the same time, however, state and local law enforcement agencies depend on the cooperation of immigrants, legal or not, in solving a wide array of crimes.  Striking the proper balance between enforcement and cooperation requires the full participation of elected officials, community leaders and their law enforcement agencies.

The IACP has and always will strongly oppose the use of sanctions to drive policy; this was true with prior Administrations and remains true with the current Administration. The funds provided through the Department of Justice support a wide array of crime fighting, crime prevention and public health initiatives. Penalizing communities by withholding assistance funding to law enforcement agencies and other critical programs is counter-productive to our shared mission of reducing violent crime and keeping our communities safe.

We stand ready to work with the Administration to help identify thoughtful, effective solutions to this complex and challenging issue.


HAPCOA Hosts Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner

(Los Angeles) On Saturday, March 18, 2017 the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) hosted, with the help of its Los Angeles sponsor CARS 911, its 2017 Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner.

CARS 911 President Onnik Mehrabian sponsored the event at the PEARL Banquet Hall in Sun Valley, CA.  Attendees were treated to a social hour, entertainment, a full dinner and presentations made by Hispanic leaders in law enforcement from the Los Angeles area.

The event attracted over 125 invited guests who included area business owners, LA area HAPCOA members and active/retired members of law enforcement.  The evenings presentations were emceed by Mr. Frank Motteck, of CBS all-news station KNX-1070 where he anchors the morning drive business report.  Frank is an award-winning broadcaster with more than 30 years of experience in radio and television news including KCAL-9, CBS-2 and KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles as well as The Nightly Business Report on PBS. 

Presenters at this years event included:  Captain Tina Nieto, LAPD, 2017 HAPCOA President; Dr. Garbis Der Yeghiayan, Mashdots College; Henry ‘Hank’ Aguilar, retired Commissioner of the California Parole Board & National Latino Peace Officers Association; Rafael Neives, California State President of National Latino Peace Officers Association; Alex Padilla, retired Captain, Santa Monica PD and Councilman City of Inglewood; John Torres, retired Deputy Assistant Director ATF, Office of Inspector General for Los Angeles & 2016 HAPCOA President; Anthony Chapa, retired Assistant Director US Secret Service & Executive Director of HAPCOA; Onnik Mehrabian, President, CARS 911; and Arthur Kassel, retired Chief of Law Enforcement Services CA State Department of Mental Health.

Special attendees attending this years event included:  Joaquin Herran, retired Commander LASD & former HAPCOA National President; Steve Noguera, Assistant Special in Charge NCIS & HAPCOA 3rd Vice President; Alex Bustamante, Inspector General, LAPD Office of Inspector General; Jesus Holguin, Commander, California Highway Patrol; Victor Valdez, retired LT Hawthorne Police Department; Jake Katz, retired Assistant Director, LASD; and David Fryar, Executive Director, Los Angeles Police Museum.

A special thanks to all who attended this year’s event and to all LA area business owners who offered donations in support of HAPCOA.

Arthur Kassel, HAPCOA Director of Development and Onnik Mehrabian, President of Cars 911 / HAPCOA Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner Sponsor.

Tony Chapa, HAPCOA Executive Director and Hank Aguilar, NLPOA pose for a photo.

Tony Chapa presents the mission of HAPCOA.

Onnik Mehrabian receives a gift from Tony Chapa and HAPCOA 2017 National President Captain Tina Nieto, LAPD.

M/C Frank Motteck along with Tony Chapa and HAPCOA Director of Development Arthur Kassel.

Councilman Alex Padilla, City of Inglewood.

HAPCOA event advance team: Frank Mottek, Arthur Kassel, Tony Chapa, Vatache, Natalie Kojak and Richard Magyer.


The NLEOM Thin Blue Line

(Washington DC)  The construction of the new National Law Enforcement Officer Museum is well underway. For those who may not have already contributed; there's still time and a few remaining opportunities to immortalize a law enforcement officer via the Thin Blue Line donation/inscription program. This can be in honor of your law enforcement service or that of a friend or loved one...

The museum is being constructed in Washington, D.C. across the street from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. It will be a place where all Americans can honor, remember and learn about the hardworking heroes who have contributed so much to our country... Visitors will enter the museum via a spectacular glass bridge that will have name & affiliation inscriptions in honor of those who served in the Thin Blue Line.

There are still a limited number of spaces remaining. This is a great opportunity to honor, in perpetuity, your service or that of a friend or loved one, while at the same time contributing to a worthy national law enforcement memorial.

Hurry, due to the time needed for fabrication of the bridge, the deadline for inscriptions is this February 28, 2017.

HAPCOA contributed an inscribed park bench that will appear within the Museum when it opens.  Also HAPCOA supports the National Police Week Candlelight Vigil each year.

For further information and to donate, please follow the link below:



Chief Paul Chapa speaks at 2015 National Law Enforcement Candlelight Vigil during Police Week.


HAPCOA Opens New Chapter in Atlanta

(Atlanta)   Active HAPCOA members located in the Atlanta, Georgia region petitioned the HAPCOA National Board in January 2017 to begin a new Chapter.

The HAPCOA National Board voted unanimously to support the opening of our newest chapter since the creation of the HAPCOA Panama Chapter.  To form a new chapter at least five active members must petition the National Board and request permission to begin the process of forming a new HAPCOA Chapter who will meet the requirements of a Chapter as outlined within the Bylaws and also meets the non-profit status requirements.

On Thursday, February 16, 2017 HAPCOA members in the Atlanta area were, hosted by Deputy Chief Gina Hawkins of the Clayton County Police Department, and as prescribed by the HAPCOA bylaws, met and appointed an interim Chapter board.  These members include:

Atlanta Chapter President
Yessyka Santana
Special Agent in Charge
U.S. Department of Education
Office of Inspector General – Investigation Services

1st VP
Juan M. Grullón
Deputy Chief of Police
Brookhaven Police Department

2nd VP
Gina Hawkins
Deputy Chief of Police
Clayton County Police Department

3rd VP
Oscar Hernandez
Atlanta Field Office

4th VP
Fidel Espinoza
Police Lieutenant
Dunwoody Police Department

Renan Lopez de Azua
Police Lieutenant
Brookhaven Police Department

Sergeant at Arms
Edye Palma
Assistant Special Agent in Charge

Captain Finn H. Ahlberg
Kennesaw State University Police Department
CIS - Criminal Investigations Section

HAPCOA applauds the efforts of our Atlanta area members.

HAPCOA Atlanta Chapter members from left to right: Fidel, Gina, Juan, Yessyka, Edye, and Renan (Finn and Oscar are not pictured).


HAPCOA Panama Chapter supports DAMAS de ASUL

(Panama City, Panama)  On January 20, 2017, the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association Panama Chapter with the support of the HAPCOA National Capitol Region Chapter together raised funds to support the Damas de ASUL (Ladies of Blue – the Panamanian Fallen Officer Fund).  U.S. Ambassador John Feely hosted the presentation of HAPCOA funds at a special event held within the US Embassy in Panama City, Panama.

Attending the event and matching the HAPCOA donation was Carlos “Caliche” Ruiz, a Panamanian professional baseball catcher for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball, who in Panama is a well-known sports icon.

Ambassador Feely shared with those attending the event a story from his childhood remembering his Uncle who while working for a New Jersey Police Department was killed in the line of duty while working in an undercover capacity.

Local Panamanian news outlets covered the event and HAPCOA was recognized by Ambassador Feely for its efforts in support of fallen Police Officials.  The HAPCOA Panama Chapter includes members of US Law Enforcement (active and retired) and senior members of Panamanian Law Enforcement.

At the US Embassy in Panama City, Panama, HAPCOA & “Caliche” Ruiz present a check to the Damas de ASUL in support of the Panamanian National Police.

Carlos “Caliche” Ruiz and HAPCOA Panama Chapter President Julio Burgos.