HAPCOA Executive Director speaks at LULAC Event

For over a decade the famed Dallas Chorizo & Menudo Community Breakfast has been hosted by LULAC Chapter 102 every first Saturday of each month in Dallas. This breakfast is free and open to the public.  The event is held at El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant, in Dallas, TX.

Past guests have included elected officials and community leaders who have covered major issues facing Hispanics in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

On Saturday, November 4, 2017, HAPCOA’s Executive Director, Anthony Chapa, was invited to visit with its members and to address them regarding HAPCOA’s mission.  Also on the agenda were Dwaine Caraway, Dallas Mayor Pro-Tem; Representative Eric Johnson, Texas House Member-District 100; Judge Elizabeth Frizell, candidate for Dallas County District Attorney and several others.  

A special thank you to Hector Flores, who previously served as a LULAC National President and presently serves as the NLLEO Executive Director who coordinated this special invitation.

HAPCOA Executive Director Chapa speaks at the LULAC “Chorizo & Menudo Community Breakfast” in Dallas, TX.


HAPCOA Attends NLLEO National Training Symposium

(Dallas)  The National Latino Law Enforcement Organization (NLLEO) held its 25th Annual National Training Symposium in Dallas, Texas at the Double Tree Hotel, November 1-4, 2017. 

The event featured multiple training sessions including speakers on topics including recruitment strategies, cyber staking, synthetic drugs/drug trends, gang/narco culture, and excellence/leadership in policing.  Featured presenters included Victor Avila, retired Supervisory Special Agent from ICE who presented a briefing on the “Cartel Ambush on Highway 57” and also Sgt Robert Garcia from the Laredo Police Department provided an exclusive/one of a kind law enforcement briefing on the Mexican Texas Border Drug Cartels.

Luncheon speakers included the Honorable John Parker, US Attorney, Northern District of Texas and Alonso Pena, former Assistant Secretary/Deputy Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

NLLEO held its Annual Scholarship and Law Enforcement Recognition Gala on the evening of Saturday, November 4th.  400 special guests, sponsors, supporters, members and conference attendees enjoyed the Gala.  HAPCOA Executive Director Anthony Chapa was invited to deliver the evenings Keynote Address.

Command staff from the Dallas Police and Fire Department also attended the Gala.

NLLEO Executive Director Hector Flores and HAPCOA Executive Director Anthony Chapa pose with the Gala’s Middle School Mariachi Group

HAPCOA Executive Director Chapa delivers the Gala Keynote Address.


HAPCOA Remembers Fallen NYPD Officer

(Panama)  The HAPCOA Panama Chapter remembers fallen New York Police Department (NYPD) Officer James Whittington, Jr., who was born in Panama, and who was slain 35 years ago on October 30, 1982.

Officer Whittington is the cousin of HAPCOA Panama member David Wattley, who is also a retired Assistant Special Agent in Charge with the FBI.  The Panama Chapter also has as one of its members retired NYPD Detective Alexander York Gonzalez.

Officer Whittington, of the 73rd Precinct, was off-duty getting a haircut when he was warned that a man with a gun was harassing a woman outside.  During a struggle, the shooter grabbed the officer’s gun and fired it, killing the 42 year-old father of two.

HAPCOA honors the memory of Officer Whittington and keeps his family in its prayers.

We will never forget.


HAPCOA NCR Participates in Halloween Bike Giveaway

(Hyattsville, MD)  The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) National Capitol Region Chapter participated with the Hispanic National Law Enforcement Association (HNLEA), the Association for Police Attaches of Latin America (APALA) and the United Black Police Officers Association in association with Mega Mart and the Metropolitan Protective Services with its refurbished bike and new helmet giveaway on Halloween 2017 in Hyattsville, MD.

Association members from the Prince Georges County Police Department, and APALA participated in the giveaway of a over 200 bikes and helmets.

Mega Mart provided a venue for children and their parents from the predominately Latino neighborhood near the store to safely celebrate Halloween receive gifts and bikes from law enforcement association members.

HAPCOA Executive Director Chapa congratulates a young SWAT member.


HAPCOA Represented at NLPOA National Conference

(Kansas City)  The National Latino Peace Officers Association (NLPOA) held its 44th Annual National Conference at the Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City, KS, October 11-14, 2017.  The theme of its conference was “The Future of Law Enforcement”.

Welcoming its members and attendees was NLPOA National President Cindy Rodriguez and it NE/KS Chapter President Darrin Fulton.  Louis Quijas, former Assistant Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, former President of NLPOA and former HAPCOA board member provided the luncheon keynote address.

The NLPOA Gala Keynote Speaker was Ronald Miller the Chief of Police in Topeka (KA).  The NLPOA also held a Comedy Night event called “Comedy Roll Call I”, the star of the show was comic legend Paul Rodriguez.

Officially representing HAPCOA at this years event was Chief Paul Chapa, Trinity University Police Department, former National President of HAPCOA and Tony Chapa, HAPCOA Executive Director.

“Future of Law Enforcement” Panel

Louis Quijas delivers luncheon keynote

NLPOA/HAPCOA Golf legends on the course: Chief Chapa, Louis Quijas, Lt Roy Garivey, US Marshal Mark Martinez


National Board Members Richard Rosa, 1st Vice President and Manny Ovalle, Sergeant at Arms, Represented HAPCOA at the "Community-Police Partnership: Dialogue to Ensure the Safe Future of Our Community", held at Alvernia University

HAPCOA member, Reading Police Chief, and Alvernia University alumni, Andres Dominguez, Jr. initiated a Junior Police Academy for Middle and High School students interested in a law enforcement or criminal justice career while learning about policing.

The event theme focused on improving communication, improving trust and strengthening relations with police.  Mayor Wally Scott (former District Judge and native of Reading, PA) spoke about “needing a better system for our children and youth.”  Representatives from the NAACP and NOBLE, community leaders, students, Junior Police Academy cadets, local police officials, and members of the local FOP attended.  Professor Barry Harvey of Alvernia’s Criminal Justice Program moderated. 

Left to Right:  Manny Ovalle-Sgt. at Arms National Board, Andres Dominguez, Jr. - Chief of Police, Richard Rosa – 1st VP National Board, and Dr. Joseph J. Cicala – VP for University Life


HAPCOA National President Selected as Marina Police Department Chief of Police

The City of Marina has selected Tina M. Nieto as the City of Marina’s new Chief of Police. The incoming Police Chief will be responsible for continuing the community’s high level of policing services, growing successful public safety outreach programs, and at the same time, providing an important perspective on the City’s management team.

Chief Nieto joins the City of Marina after serving with the Los Angeles Police Department for 28 years. A native of Southern California, Chief Nieto joined the LAPD in 1989 and served most recently as the Commanding Officer for the West Los Angeles Area. She was responsible for overseeing approximately 260 sworn and civilian employees. While with Los Angeles, Chief Nieto has had numerous specialized assignments in patrol, administration and investigations. When notified of the appointment, Chief Nieto stated she was humbled and excited to join a great team of talented professionals here in Marina.

Chief Nieto added, “It has been a long-term goal to serve as Police Chief in a community like Marina, one that is committed to its Police Department and continued excellence in community partnerships.  I am blessed for this opportunity of a lifetime and look forward to both the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

Chief Nieto also has an extensive teaching background in leadership.  She was on the original design team for the West Point Leadership Program, has taught diversity at the LAPD Academy, has been a guest speaker at Women’s Leadership Conferences, and has facilitated at LAPD’s Supervisory School.  Chief Nieto spent ten years as a facilitator for POST’s Supervisory Leadership Institute.  Chief Nieto has a Masters Degree in Leadership and Management from the University of La Verne and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton.  She is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute of Policing through PERF and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).  Chief Nieto has also been the recipient of numerous awards both locally, nationally, and internationally for her work with the diverse communities and the programs that under her leadership flourished.  Chief Nieto presently serves as the National President of the Hispanic American Police Officers Association (HAPCOA).

Chief Nieto’s hobbies include photography and hiking.  She started work as Chief of Police for the City of Marina on September 11, 2017.

Police Chief Tina Nieto, Marina Police Department


Vice Minister of Public Security Joins HAPCOA Panama Chapter

(Panama) The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) Panama Chapter swore-in as its latest member the Honorable Johnattan Del Rosario, Vice Minister, Ministerio de Seguridad Publica, Republica de Panama. Chapter President Julio Burgos, Attaché, US Embassy Panama, provided a welcoming address to all in attendance at the Panamanian National Police ‘Salon de Conferencia’. Also presenting a briefing at this Chapter meeting was Captain Mario Chan, Panama National Police, who presented a review of the National Police K-9 program. HAPCOA Executive Director Anthony Chapa proved an update on the accomplishments and projects addressed by HAPCOA and its Chapters.

The HAPCOA Panama Chapter invited Minister Del Rosario to attend its Chapter meeting and to present his vision for Public Safety in Panama. Minister Del Rosario applauded HAPCOA’s efforts to establish the event in San Antonio that resulted in MOU’s signed between international police agencies. He also announced his interest in expanding, with help from HAPCOA, this outreach to other locations within the United States.

HAPCOA Panama Chapter October Meeting

HAPCOA Panama Sgt-at-arms Estaban Blis

HAPCOA Executive Director Chapa Addresses the Panama Chapter

Vice Minister Del Rosario receives his HAPCOA Lapel Pin from Executive Director Chapa


HAPCOA Participates in Food Drive in Hyattsville, MD

(Hyattsville, MD) On Thursday October 5, 2017 from 6am until 6pm, HAPCOA members participated in a successful food drive in support of the natural disasters that transpired in Puerto Rico and Mexico.  This initiative by HNLEA members (Hispanic National Law Enforcement Association) was held in Hyattsville, Maryland located in Prince Georges County and in Alexandria, VA.  The food drive was held in front of the Mega Mart food stores – a long time sponsor and major contributor to community outreach endeavors.  The radio station 107.9 El Zol was present and broadcasted live from the Hyattsville, MD location.  A group of Salvadorian Police Officers attending training at the PG County Police Academy provided outstanding entertainment in the form of live music.  They played music from the Beatles, Columbian and Mexican cumbias.

Today’s excellent example of giving demonstrates that community police relationships work because of the liaison established in both the commercial and the residential neighborhoods over a period of time.  Several local area news reporters interviewed Luis E. Borunda (Deputy Secretary of State for Maryland), PG County Police Command Staff (Assistant Chief Hector Velez and Captain Joe Perez – HAPCOA NCR President), Richard Rosa (HAPCOA – 1st VP National Board), Luis Rodriguez (Executive Director – Hispanic National Law Enforcement Association in Baltimore, MD), Alex Zunca (Executive Director in Washington, DC for the Association for Police Attaches in Latin America), police officers from various agencies, volunteers and donors.  As a result of local media communicating the food drive locations in Hyattsville, MD and Alexandria, VA the positive response from the community yielded a collection of 39 pallets of food, supplies and clothing, plus 30,000 pounds of food from Virginia. 


HAPCOA Invited to Attend the 2017 NNOAC Drug Enforcement Form

(Washington, DC)  HAPCOA was invited to participate in the National Narcotic Officers Associations’ Coalition (NNOCA) 2017 Drug Enforcement Forum this past September 12-13, 2017 in Washington, DC at the Ariel Rios Federal Building – ATF National Headquarters.

The mission of NNOAC is to bring leaders within the law enforcement community together to discuss the challenges we all face surrounding drug policy and related issues.  Those challenges include:  exploring emerging drug and crime trends as well as indentifying strategies to counter these trends; increasing collaboration between federal, state, and local partners; assessing legislation aimed at criminal justice reform, sentencing policy and asset forfeiture, along with other issues that impact effective enforcement at our nation’s drug laws.  The objective of the forum was to host a vibrant discussion on these important topics to ascertain where stakeholders stand, to develop consensus where it can be achieved, and to craft a common message that will help to advance common policy goals.

Invitees consisted of representatives from federal, state, and local law enforcement associations and agencies; local, state and federal prosecutors, and some organizations with an interest in drug policy. 

Featured speakers at this years event included Acting Director Tom Brandon, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg, Drug Enforcement Administration; and Attorney General Jeff Sessions who provided the Keynote Address.

Representing HAPCOA was Manny Ovalle, National Board Sgt at Arms and Captain Joe Perez (Prince Georges County Police Department), HAPCOA National Capitol Region Chapter – President.