HAPCOA Invited to White House for Community Policing Forum

On Thursday, July 23, the White House and the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), hosted a Community Policing Forum to discuss and share best practices on the implementation of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing recommendations. Throughout the forum, Administration officials, 21st Century Policing Task Force members, law enforcement, faith and community leaders and local elected officials discussed and shared strategies for implementing the recommendations and developing ideas that communities across the country can utilize to establish public safety while building trust.  

Approximately100 individuals were invited to attend this day-long event.  Presenters included: Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President, Ronald Davis, Director of Community Oriented Policing Services, and Charles Ramsey, Commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department.  Invitees were presented with reports regarding Task Force recommendations and also attended breakout sessions regarding the building of trust and legitimacy and also Task Force Pillar discussions.

Representing HAPCOA was Executive Director, Anthony Chapa.  Other Law Enforcement Associations & organizations represented included:  IACP, Major City Chiefs, Major City Sheriffs, NOBLE, PERF, Police Foundation and NLPOA. 

The Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch provided closing remarks.

Resources in support of the Presidents Task Force on 21st Century Policing:

  • COPS Task Force home page: http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2761
  • Final Task Force report: http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/pdf/taskforce/TaskForce_FinalReport.pdf
  • Information on the Police Data Initiative: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/05/18/launching-police-data-initiative

HAPCOA US Embassy Panama Chapter Presents an Internal Affairs Seminar

Members of the HAPCOA US Embassy Panama Chapter organized and presented a seminar on the topic of Internal Affairs to the various law enforcement/police agencies in Panama.  This special event was hosted by Director Eric Estrada, Servicio de Proteccion Institucional (SPI) and presented on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 in the Amphitheater located within the Presidential Palace in Panama City, Panama.

HAPCOA members presented a daylong course before invited Internal Affairs units.  HAPCOA presenters included:  Anthony Chapa, Executive Director; Eric Moncayo, President HAPCOA Chapter, David Wattley, Chapter Treasurer, Estaban Blis, Chapter Sgt at Arms also members from the Panamanian National Police: Commissioner ® Landau and Major Rolando Villarreal.  Also presenting from the US Embassy included Andre Zavala, Legal Attaché, FBI and Bill Furay, Country Attaché, DEA.  Approximately 20 individuals were in attendance.

All who attended were honored by the SPI with agency pins and with HAPCOA seminar certificates.

Details and photos regarding this first ever liaison event in Panama can be found on the SPI website:



U.S. Dept. of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Interagency Law Enforcement Equipement Working Group Briefing

Manny Ovalle, Director at Large, represented HAPCOA on May 20, 2015 to discuss recommendations pursuant to Pres. Obama’s Executive Order 13688: Federal Support for Local Law Enforcement Equipment Acquisition.

The Working Group, on an ongoing basis, will evaluate all suggestions and/or recommendations relating to the President’s Executive Order.


1. Equipment Lists for prohibitive and controlled equipment

  • Prohibited equipment list identifies categories of equipment (i.e., firearms of .50-Caliber or higher) that should not be authorized for LEAs to acquire via transfer from federal agencies or purchase using federally funded funds.
  • Controlled equipment list identifies categories of equipment (i.e., armored and tactical wheeled vehicles) that LEAs may acquire by taking additional steps using an application process.

2.   Police Training and Protocols for Controlled Equipment

  • LEAs that acquire controlled equipment through Federal programs must adopt specific written policies and protocols governing General Policing Standards and Specific Controlled Standards.
  • LEAs that acquire controlled equipment through Federal programs must ensure that its personnel are properly trained and that training meets set requirements.
  • LEAs must collect and retain “Required Information” when law enforcement activity involves a “Significant Incident.”
  • When unlawful or inappropriate police actions are alleged and trigger a federal compliance review, the LEA must produce a report.

3.   Acquisition Process for Controlled Equipment

  • LEAs must submit required information for controlled equipment requests and must indicate whether it is being acquired for regional or multijurisdictional capability.

4.   Transfer, Sale, Return, and Disposal of Controlled Equipment

  • LEAs may transfer or sell controlled equipment (except riot shields and helmets) to another LEA.
  • LEAs may transfer or sell controlled equipment to a non-LEA with approval from the federal agency that originally approved.
  • LEAs must return and/or dispose of controlled equipment through DOD’s 1033 program.

5.   Oversight, Compliance, and Implementation

  • Members of the Working Group will meet on a regular basis to support oversight and policy development functions for controlled equipment programs.
  • Programmatic and statutory violations will result in LEA being suspended from acquiring additional controlled equipment through federal programs for a minimum of 60 days.










Today, DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) launched the National Body-Worn Camera Toolkit, an online clearinghouse of resources designed to help law enforcement professionals and the communities they serve plan and implement BWC programs. The toolkit consolidates and translates research, promising practices, templates and tools that have been developed by subject matter experts.  Areas of focus include procurement; training; implementation; retention and policies along with interests of prosecutors, defense attorneys, victim and privacy advocates and community members.

HAPCOA will present a course at its 42nd Annual National Training Symposium, in San Antonio, TX (November 16-20, 2015), on Body-Worn Cameras with the support of the BJA.

Click the hyperlink to go to the National Body-Worn Camera Toolkit: www.bja.gov/bwc. 


Leading Law Enforcement Organizations Endorse Bill to Prevent Terrorists from Buying Weapons

 For Immediate Release May 19, 2015             Contact: Ashley Schapitl (202) 224-9629 

Leading Law Enforcement Organizations Endorse Feinstein Bill to Prevent Terrorists from Buying Weapons

Washington-- Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today announced that the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence has endorsed the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act.

The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence is a nonpartisan group of leading national law enforcement organizations, eight of which have endorsed the bill: the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Major Cities Chiefs Association, Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, Police Foundation, National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, Police Executive Research Forum and National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. Chief Jim Johnson of Baltimore County, Maryland is the current chair of the Partnership.

Feinstein released the following statement:

"I'm grateful to the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence for their endorsement of this important bill. Local law enforcement officers are the first to respond in the event of a terrorist attack, and they know full well the dire threat posed by known and suspected terrorists."

"The fact that we cannot stop individuals on the no-fly list from purchasing guns and explosives in the United States makes it harder for our country's law enforcement officers to do their jobs to keep us safe."

"The bill I introduced in February would close this dangerous loophole, which was exploited more than 450 times in 2013 and 2014. If you’re on a terrorist watch list, we should be able to prevent you from passing a background check to purchase guns or explosives or obtain a federal firearms or explosives license or permit."

"I will continue my work to have this bill considered before the Senate, and appreciate the support of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence."

The Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act, which was also introduced in the House by Congressman Peter King (R-N.Y.), would:

  • Allow the attorney general to deny the purchase or transfer of a firearm or explosive to a known or suspected terrorist if the prospective recipient may use the firearm or explosive in connection with terrorism.
  • Maintain protections in current law that allow a person who believes he has been mistakenly prevented from buying a firearm to learn of the reason for the denial, and then to challenge the denial, first administratively with the Department of Justice, and then through a lawsuit against the Justice Department.
  • Allow the Justice Department, in any administrative or court proceeding challenging the accuracy of a denied firearm or explosive transfer under the bill, to protect information that, if disclosed, would compromise national security.


Click here to read the full article: http://www.washingtonhispanic.com/nota20271.html


National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence

Click here for the full statement regarding gun violence prevention: http://hapcoa.org/templates/files/police-week-2015-statement-may-15-2015.pdf


HAPCOA participates in Police Week 2015 - Washington DC

During the week of May 12-15, Washington, DC was host to National Police Week.  HAPCOA was present and represented our association at a number of activities and VIP events.  It is reported that nearly 40,000 people attended this years events.

Congress established National Police Week in 1962 and President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day. 

On Tuesday, May 12th, Anthony Chapa, Executive Director of HAPCOA, was invited to attend the Chairman’s Dinner.  This is an annual event hosted by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Board of Directors.  Presenting the keynote address at this year’s event was William J. Bratton, Police Commissioner, New York City.  This event was held at the Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC. 

Also attending this event were several members of the National Latino Peace Officers Association (NLPOA) lead by Andrew Peralta, National President.

On Wednesday, May 13th, Chapa represented HAPCOA, as part of a small group of national law enforcement associations who were invited to have a private breakfast with Vice President Joe Biden.  This event was held as the Vice President’s residence.  Other organizations who were invited included:  Major City Chiefs, IACP, PERF, FOP, National Sheriffs Association, WIFLE, NOBLE, NAPO, among others.  The Vice President also invited members of his senior staff to meet and converse with the law enforcement organizations present regarding 21st Century Policing.

Later on Wednesday was the 27th Annual Candlelight Vigil & Board of Directors Reception.  The reception prior to the event provided an opportunity for HAPCOA to meet and greet visiting senior law enforcement officials from across the nation.

An overflow crowd attended the Annual Candlelight vigil.  Former (2013) HAPCOA National President Chief Paul Chapa, Trinity University Police Department, was one of the many special guests who were invited to read the names of fallen officers.  Chief Chapa’s Department lost a Police Officer in the line of duty in 2014.

On Thursday, May 14th, Executive Director Chapa and Police Chief Paul Chapa were invited to attend an event hosted by the Washington DC Area Liaison Officers Association (LOA).  The event was held at the French Embassy.  The LOA is an organization made up of senior law enforcement officials and Attaches assigned to the many Embassies’ in Washington, DC.

On Friday, May 15th, Chief Paul Chapa attended the Official National Police Officers Memorial Service, an annual ceremony honoring law enforcement personnel who were killed in the line of duty, and it is held on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The guest speaker was President Barrack Obama.  Chief Chapa attended and served as an escort for the family of his fallen Police Officer, Marc U. Kelley.

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson & Chapa

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and Chapa

Chief Paul Chapa on Stage at the Candlelight Vigil

NLEOM Wall Panel E-28:  Trinity Police Officer Marc U Kelley