HAPCOA News

 

Nov
21

HAPCOA Attends ABA National Summit on Firearms Violence

(Washington, DC)  The American Bar Association (ABA), Standing Committee on Gun Violence, held an executive summit to address the epidemic of firearms violence in America. This meeting was held on November 19, 2019 at ABA National Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Opening remarks were provided by Judy Perry-Martinez, President of the ABA (2019-2020).  The ABA hosted thought leaders from over 70 professional associations who were specifically invited to attend a daylong event to discuss issues related to firearms violence.  Discussions were lead within roundtable groups who represented legal, medical, education, policy and law enforcement concerns.

Invited professional associations to this summit included (among many others):

American Bar Association (ABA)
American College of Physicians
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
American Medical Association (AMA)
American Psychological Association (APA)
American Public Health Association (APHA)
American Prosecuting Attorneys (APA)
The Council of State Governments (CSG)
Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)
National Bar Association (NBA)
National District Attorney Association (NDAA)
National Education Association (NEA)
National Medial Association (NMA)
The United States Conference of Mayors

Law enforcement associations invited to attend and support this summit included:

The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA)
International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)
International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
National Association of School Resource Officers
National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE)
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
National Police Foundation (NPF)
Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)

This summit resulted in a call for continued talks with respect to the invited associations that in total represent over half a million professionals (lawyers, doctors, educator, law enforcement executives and Mayors) who together may offer a unique perspectives from which true solutions may emerge.

Anthony Chapa, Executive Director, represented HAPCOA at this National Summit.




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Nov
19

HAPCOA AGUILA AWARDS PROGRAM

Award Nominations Now Accepted:  Deadline February 15, 2020

The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) sponsors the coveted “AGUILA” Awards Program.  Aguila is the Spanish word for Eagle. The eagle is a universal symbol of vigilance, strength and courage. There are two types of Aguila Awards: The Aguila Statue Award and the Aguila Medallion Awards.

Those selected to receive the 2019 Awards will be recognized and presented their awards on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at the HAPCOA 46th Annual National Law Enforcement Training Symposium – Aguila Awards Luncheon to be held in San Antonio, TX.

HAPCOA AGUILA STATUE AWARD

It is the highest form of recognition given by HAPCOA for exceptional contributions by an individual or an organization in support of HAPCOA’s mission and goals. Nominees exemplify the highest levels of concern for Public Safety and embody the principals of HAPCOA was founded to promote. This award can be awarded to a private individual, community organization, or a law enforcement/criminal justice agency.

HAPCOA AGUILA MEDALLION AWARDS

There are the Medallion Award Categories:

  • Harris Technology  Award (Plaque): presented to an individual or task force who used advanced technology to investigate and solve significant criminal cases.
  • Gold Medal of Valor Award: presented to an individual, who while on official duty, performed beyond the call, exemplifying courage and boldness.
  • Silver Medal for Meritorious Conduct: presented to an individual, who has performed meritorious work in law enforcement.
  • Bronze Medal for Community Service: presented to an individual who has contributed to the civic projects or programs that have resulted in the betterment of the community. These awards are presented annually to individuals, agencies, or departments nationwide in recognition for promoting a standard of excellence that exemplifies law enforcement’s contributions and dedication to the quality of life in local communities. This Awards Program helps law enforcement agencies nationwide and the communities they serve by redefining the concept of law enforcement and how it is routinely performed.

AWARD NOMINATION CRITERIA

Nominee(s) must be sworn law enforcement officer from any federal, state, county, university or local law enforcement agency within the United States. Nominations must be submitted by an active member of HAPCOA, who must provide all pertinent information on the nominee. Nomination must involve an incident occurring within the last year. Nomination submissions are currently being accepted through February 15, 2020, and should be submitted via the HAPCOA Awards website page (www.hapcoa.org).


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HAPCOA Medals created and donated by Shimon Elbaz, Entenmann-Rovin Badge Company of Los Angeles, CA.


 
 
Nov
18

HAPCOA Supports DHS Women in Law Enforcement Mentoring Program

(Washington DC) HAPCOA offers its support of the DHS Women in Law Enforcement Mentoring Program.  Forwarded is a message from Michelle McGriff, WLE Mentoring Program Manager, DHS:

We are happy to announce that the DHS Women in Law Enforcement Mentoring Program will continue.   The application period will open on November 18, 2019 and close, December 9, 2019. Mentor and mentee matches will be announced January 16, 2020.

As colleagues and partners, we are seeking your assistance in securing members of your organization to serve as mentors to DHS employee mentees. If your members are interested in serving as mentors, please instruct them to complete and submit the attached mentor application to WLEMentoring@hq.dhs.gov.

The Kick-Off Meeting for the WLE Mentoring Program will be held Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm (EST) at CRCL, 131 M Street NE, Sixth Floor, Washington, D.C.  For those unable to attend in person, the meeting will also be available through Adobe Connect.

For questions, and web access to the application, please contact Michelle McGriff, WLE Mentoring Program Manager, Departmental Special Emphasis Program Manager/Federal Women’s Program Manager, DHS 

Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties via Michelle.McGriff@hq.dhs.gov or (202) 357-1261

We appreciate your support for this important initiative.

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Nov
7

HAPCOA and LALEY Sponsor a Professional Development Seminar

 
 
Nov
4

HAPCOA and GAHLEP Attend Dominican National Police Event

(Santo Domingo) The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) and the Global Alliance of Hispanic Law Enforcement Professionals

(GAHLEP) were invited as special guests of Director General Ney Aldrin D/JS. Bautista Almonte, of the Dominican National Police, to attend their annual National Police Ceremony, held at Our Lady of Incarnation Cathedral (known as the first Cathedral in America) in Santo Domingo.  The first stone of this historic site was place in 1521 and construction was completed in 1541, the same year it was consecrated during the papacy of the Pope Charles III and the Emperor Charles V was ruling Spain.

`Senior Police Command Officials attended the event from the Dominican National Police, command officers of its military forces, elected officials and members of the diplomatic community filled the cathedral.

Members of HAPCOA and GAHLEP were also invited to attend several meetings with senior command officers of the Dominican National Police, at the Palacio de Policia Nacional, to discuss future liaison projects, training and projected visits to the NYC area.  HAPCOA and GAHLEP were also invited to visit the Academia de la Police and were greeted, provided with a guided tour and lunch with General Eduardo Sanchez, Academic Director. The GAHLEP President Johnny Nunez had previously signed an MOU with the Director of the Dominican National Police with resulted in this high level invitation.

Meetings also included a visit to the Cuerpo Especializado en Seguridad Aeroporturia y de la Aviacion Civil (CESAR).  General Aracenis Castillo de la Cruz greeted HAPCOA and GAHLEP and provided them with a tour of its facilities.

Representing HAPCOA was Anthony Chapa, Executive Director. Representing GAHLEP was Lieutenant Coronal Ivan De La Cruz of the Dominican National Police (assigned to liaison duties within the NYPD Intelligence Bureau) and Alberto De La Rosa, Logistics Officer of GAHLEP for the Dominican Republic.

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Director General Bautista address all present at the annual Cathedral event.

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Pictured in front of the Palacio Policia Nacional:  Alberto De La Rosa, Anthony Chapa and Ivan De La Cruz.

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Visiting the DR National Police Academy with General Sanchez (center).

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Presenting General Aracenis Castillo de la Cruz with the HAPCOA Lapel Pin.



 
 
Oct
28

HAPCOA Partners with the Variety Television Network (VTN)

HAPCOA is now partnering with a TV show that will give us exposure to a national television audience. Our new partner is Variety Television Network, the production company for the upcoming Stu and Laurie Variety Hour.


The program will feature family-friendly variety entertainment including comedy, dance numbers, big-name music guests, games and giveaways, and a whole lot more! You can learn more about it on the VTN website [link to https://vtncommerceclub.com/#home]. 


AND THERE’S MORE …


The TV show will also highlight causes that make a positive difference in our communities. HAPCOA will be one of the featured causes. This will be a powerful platform for raising awareness and money for our mission and programs.


In addition, VTN will integrate the TV show with a commerce website where club members can win cash and prizes every week while getting exclusive discounts on products and services offered on the site.


YOU CAN GET IN ON THE FUN TOO!


HAPCOA members and their families can go to the website and sign up to become a club member. HAPCOA believes that you will be glad you did. Here’s why:

  • You will get exclusive discounts on products and services only available to club members

  • You are eligible to win cash and prizes each week 

  • You will be part of the community supporting HAPCOA and other worthy causes

  • You can earn $25 for every friend you refer who also becomes a member

  • When you sign up now, you get an extra year of membership for FREE


This is truly an innovative way of combining entertainment with shopping to make a difference. We hope you will join us in the fun. Sign up now by following this link [link to https://vtncommerceclub.com/shopper-signup/].  



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Oct
7

HAPCOA Members Recognized at GAHLEP International Award Gala

(New York)  The Global Alliance of Hispanic Law Enforcement Professionals (GAHLEP) sponsored its 7th Annual International Law Enforcement Awards & Dinner Dance, Saturday, October 5, 2019 in Astoria, NY.  Over 400 guests that included executive members of the NYPD, area municipal law enforcement, international police command officials, police associations and members of the community attended this event.


GAHLEP provided recognition awards in several categories to include:  NYPD Hispanic Law Enforcement Awards; GAHLEP Special Awards; National Hispanic Law Enforcement Awards; and GAHLEP International Awards.  


Two members of the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) were recognized by GAHLEP in the Special Awards category.   HAPCOA’s Executive Director Tony Chapa was recognized by GAHLEP with its ‘Man of the Year Award’ and HAPCOA member Victor Avila (ICE Special Agent, retired) was awarded with the GAHLEP ‘Heroism Award’.


GAHLEP Senior Advisor and retired NYPD Deputy Chief Manuel De La Rosa received the ‘Member of the Year Award’.  Chief De La Rosa provided the Aguila Award Keynote address at the HAPCOA Aguila Award Luncheon in Baltimore, MD this past May 1st 2019.


HAPCOA members who attended this event included HAPCOA National Board Sgt at Arms Manny Ovalle; HAPCOA members: Victor Avila (Dallas), Jamie Solis (Miami) and Esteban Blis (Panama).  A special HAPCOA table and congratulatory posting was provided by Ms Dawn Alta Rehrig, President, LPL Financial (a long-time supporter of HAPCOA). Sgt Johnny Nunez, President of GAHLEP recognized HAPCOA as a special sponsor of the event.


The GAHLEP is a professional organization that supports the NYPD and the greater Hispanic Community. The mission of GAHLEP is to improve the individual and collective proficiency of their members in the performance of their duties and to encourage fraternal, educational, charitable and social activities among their members.


On May 1st, 2019 HAPCOA and GAHLEP signed, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) supporting each association’s greater mission, goals and objectives.


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GAHLEP Board members and international police award winners from Panama, Honduras, Royal Virgin Islands, and the Dominican Republic.


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HAPCOA members attending the GAHLEP Awards Gala included Tony Chapa (Man of the Year Award), Victor Avila (Heroism Award winner) and Jamie Solis.


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HAPCOA Supporter Dawn Alta Rehrig, President of Wealth Management Strategies, sponsored the HAPCOA VIP table, and is pictured with HAPCOA members Manny Ovalle, National Board Sgt at Arms; Tony Chapa, HAPCOA Executive Director; and Jaime Solis, HAPCOA Member.



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HAPCOA Executive Director Chapa receives the Man of the Year Award flanked by GAHLEP Board members, to include Johnny Nunez, GAHLEP President and Founder.


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Clark Pena, GAHLEP Public Affairs, interviews Chapa for website.



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Sep
24

Honoring Charles “Carlos” Garcia, who passed away on September 22, 2019

Charles “Carlos” Garcia 

With a heavy heart, HAPCOA reports the passing of Charles “Carlos” Garcia, son of HAPCOA member and retired FBI Special Agent in Charge and Assistant Director of the FBI Los Angeles Division Rich, Garcia and his mother Anna Maria Rives. On September 22, 2019, Charles “Carlos” Garcia died in a motorcycle accident in Waco, Texas. Carlos was 38 years old at the time of his death. Carlos Garcia is a U.S. Army veteran. He served with the 47th Combat Support Hospital out of Ft. Lewis, WA from 2003 – 2007, deploying to Iraq from 2005 – 2006. Upon leaving the military, he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Houston Downtown where he maintained a 3.9 GPA. With his degree, he was the program coordinator for “Veterans Behavioral Health Initiative” with Mental Health America of Greater Houston. He would volunteer and mentors’ veterans in the community and, educates, the community at large, in Military Cultural Competency. The goal is a veteran community which, collaborates to bring resources and opportunities to veterans who need it. Carlos saw a need to bring veterans together and taking from experience in Iraq where at the end of the day, his brothers in arms would sit on top of shipping containers, smoke a cigar and drink a beer as they discussed the day’s events. With that concept, a little over 5 years ago, he formed a non- profit called “Cigar Night for Vets”, something he was planning to take nationally. There are chapters in Houston, San Antonio and Austin, Texas. From the beginning of this mission and with just 6 attendees on the first meeting, the event attracts over 200 veterns each month. He touched so many with this program and brought attention to the public about PTSD issues facing veterans. 

The HAPCOA National Board sends our deepest condolences and prayers to the entire Garcia Family.

Funeral Home 

American Heritage Funeral Home
10710 Veterans Memorial Dr.
Houston, Texas

Ph# 281-445-0050 

Cemetery 

Houston National Cemetery
10410 Veterans Memorial Dr.
Houston, Texas 

Funeral arrangements are as follows: 

October 7, 2019 – There will be a viewing from 5pm to 8pm 

October 8, 2019 – There will be a service at 10am at the funeral home, followed by a service and Military Honors ceremony at 11:30 am at the cemetery. Upon completion, there will be a social gathering back at the funeral home from 12 noon to 2pm 

Airport - The Cemetery and Funeral Home are approximately 11 miles from Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). William P. Hobby airport (HOU) is located approximately 40 miles from the Cemetery and Funeral Home (Southwest Airlines only flies to Hobby airport) 

Hotel - There is a Hilton Houston North, located 4 miles from the cemetery at 12400 Greenspoint Dr., Houston, Texas Ph# 281-875-2222 (There are other hotels close by) 


Family addresses are as follows:

Cards and expressions of sympathy may be sent to: 

Richard and Nan Garcia
16115 Lockdale Ln.
Cypress, Texas 77429 

Anna Maria Rives
715 Wheatland Dr.
McGregor, Texas 76657 

Additional Information will be available this weekend thorough a website link provided by the funeral home. Also, Carlos was passionate about some of the veteran organizations in Houston and we will post them on the website link. We are requesting for donations to these organizations in lieu of flowers. Thanks


 
 
Sep
24

HAPCOA General Membership Meeting SAVE THE DATE

 
 
Sep
3

HAPCOA Invited by DHS to visit Southwest Boarder

San Antonio Chapter President Don Tijerina represented HAPCOA on a Southwest Border visit, June 2-6, 2019, to the Arizona Border coordinated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of State and Local Law Enforcement (OSLLE). The objective was to bring together stakeholders from various national law enforcement associations to provide an overview of different challenges and issues faced by three Arizona border sheriffs and federal law enforcement.  This was in response to ongoing concerns impacting public safety, transnational criminal activity, and human tragedy. The goal was to educate and expose the law enforcement partners to the raw elements and complexity of borders issues and to generate ideas on how the associations could become partners and resources in the future.

Federal Agencies and National Law Enforcement Associations represented:

  • DHS-Office of Partnership and Engagement (OPE); Office for State and Local Law Enforcement (OSLLE)
  • FOP, NALEA, IACP, MCCA, MCSA, PERF, NAPO, NDAA, NOBLE, NAACP & HAPCOA

The group participated in several events along the southern border of Arizona.  The meetings and/or tours were facilitated by Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, Pima County Sheriff’s Office, Yuma Sector Border Patrol, and the Tucson Sector Border Patrol. Each respective organization provided a detailed overview of their daily operation and the multifaceted challenges they face on a day to day basis. It is important to acknowledge that each organization has its own unique issues and challenges. Law enforcement stakeholders were highly engaged, as ideas were formulated and discussed, relationships were established, and inequities were recognized. 

The Sheriffs and federal partners’ challenges differ, based numerous factors: case load, geographical affect, legal boundaries, legal authority and available resources. They experienced different challenges; however, the underlying cause is linked to border security, migration issues, transnational crime, human tragedy, and public safety concerns.

The group was also able to meet with some border community representatives and hear their concerns on issues. The main negative issue expressed was that federal agencies do not seek their input or listen to them. The community representatives in attendance did not express similar opinions regarding local law enforcement. 

Overall, it was very apparent that Border Security is a complex task with no simple or quick solutions. Our law enforcement personnel, already performing an often thankless job, are now being caught in the middle of a political firestorm with seemingly no end in sight. The group recognized the importance of continuing the dialogue of all stakeholders and our hosts advised they would attempt to coordinate a meeting for future follow-up.