HAPCOA Panama Organizes MOU signing event with Houston PD

(Houston)  On the heels of the historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) being signing in San Antonio with the San Antonio Police Department, Trinity University and HAPCOA, another MOU event was held with the Houston Police Department this past Monday, February 12, 2018. 

HAPCOA Panama Chapter members Julio Burgos, Chapter President and Esteban Blis,Sgt at Arms organized this event with help from Panamanian Ambassador Sosa and DIASP Commissioner Ovido Fuentes (also a HAPCOA Panama Chapter member). 

This MOU was signed by Panamanian Vice Minister of Public Security Jonnathan del Rosario and Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo.  Witness to the signing was Panama Police Sub-Commissioner Johny Rangel, Ambassador Sosa and HAPCOA Chapter President Burgos.

In addition to this historic ceremony, DIASP Commissioner Fuentes and Sub-Commissioner Rangel were invited to tour the Houston Forensic Science Center and the offices of the ATF Houston Field Office.


HAPCOA De Souza Named Commissioner of Baltimore Police

Darryl De Souza was recently selected to serve as the new Commissioner of the Balitmore Police Department.

Commissioner De Souza previously served as a fellow at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and as such presented an advanced training session at the HAPCOA 43rd Annual National Law Enforcement Training Symposium held in Long Beach, CA.

Commissioner De Souza, in 2017, also hosted senior members of the Panamanian National Police when they visited Baltimore as part of a HAPCOA & APALA hosted law enforcement liaison event.

Commissioner De Souza’s family migrated to the United States from Panama.

The HAPCOA Panama Chapter proudly shared the news of appointment with Commissioner Omar Pinzon of the Panamanian National Police and with members of the National Press:  http://www.diaadia.com.pa/el-pais/el-panameno-darryl-de-souza-nuevo-jefe-de-policia-en-la-ciudad-de-baltimore-332784

HAPCOA is proud to applaud the selection and appointment of Commissioner Darryl De Souza to the position of Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department.


Commissioner Darryl De Souza, Baltimore Police Department


HAPCOA LA Sponsors Appreciation Luncheon

(Los Angeles)  Several members of the Hispanic American Police Command Officers National Board worked with HAPCOA Sponsor Onnik Mehrabain to arrange a special luncheon in support of those who continue to support the efforts and mission of HAPCOA in the Los Angeles area.  The event was held at Clubhouse USA in Glendale, CA on Thursday, January 18, 2018 from noon to 1:30pm

Over 30 individuals who represented area law enforcement agencies, local businesses and community leaders attended the luncheon.  Those attending and making welcoming comments included Sheriff Jim McDonnell, Los Angeles County and Assistant Chief Jorge Villegas, Los Angeles Police Department.  The featured presenter at this event was Anthony “Tony” Chapa, Executive Director, Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association.  He shared with all present the mission, the many success stories of HAPCOA and it members.  He also provided details on the upcoming 44th Annual National Law Enforcement Training Symposium to be held in Los Angeles, April 30 – May 2, 2018.  Rich Rosa, HAPCOA 1st VP served as the Master of Ceremonies and Arthur Kassel, Director of Development provided closing comments.

Senior HAPCOA board members present included:  Richard Rosa, 1st National Vice President (retired Supervisory Federal Air Marshal); Joaquin Herran, former National President 2013 (retired Commander LASD); and Arthur Kassel, Director of Development (former Chief, CA Mental Health Hospitals).  Supporting the event and unable to attend was John Torres, Immediate Past President (retired Deputy Assistant Director, ATF).

Area command officials also attending included Commander Martin Baeza, LAPD Office of Administrative Services; Captain Alfonso Lopez, LAPD Central Traffic Division; Captain Armen Dermenjian, Investigation Division, Burbank Police Department and Diane Gonzalez, Community Outreach Specialist, FBI Los Angeles.

Retired members of area law enforcement present included retired LA County Sheriff (and founding member of HAPCOA) Leroy Baca; retired Commander Joaquin Herran, LA County Sheriff’s Department; Richard Magyar, retired California State Police; Frank O’Donnell, retired Special Agent in Charge US Secret Service Los Angeles; Brent Braun, retired ASAC, FBI Los Angeles; Ron William, retired ASAIC, US Secret Service Los Angeles and Arthur Kassel, former Chief of Law Enforcement Service, California Mental Health Hospitals. 

Community leaders and business supporters in attendance included the Honorable Carmen “Nuch” Trutanich, former Los Angeles City Attorney; Gerard Orozco, Senior Vice President, CH2M; David Gee, President, Chinatown Public Safety Association; Sean Ben-Menahem, CEO, NASTEC Security Solutions; Dr Samir Daher; Peter Burney, Senior Vice President, mLogica and Ty Kim, President, The Kim Family Foundation.

Cheif Kassel provides closing comments

Onnik Mehrabian, Sheriff McDonnell, Natalie Kojak and Rich Magyar

Janet & Arthur Kassel, David Gee, Tony Chapa & Sean Ben

Tony Chapa with LAPD Traffic Division

Wrapping up a great event:  Onnik Mehrabian, Tony Chapa and Nuch Trutanich


HAPCOA NCR Chapter participates in 17th Annual Christmas Basket giveaway

Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, Hispanic National Law Enforcement Association, United Black Police Officers Association and the Association of Police Attaches of Latin America partnered with local leaders as well as area businesses on December 15, 2017 to assist needy families during the holiday season. The event was held at La Chiquita’s Restaurant in Langley Park, Maryland.  1200 food baskets, toys and bicycles were distributed to the community. The annual partnership collects food and toys for local families in need. Association law enforcement members, community leaders and volunteers banded together in order to make this event a great success.  In addition, Staff from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s Office were on hand to present HNLEA with a Governor’s Citation for all the work in our community. 

Present were Prince Georges County Council Member Deni Taveras who sponsored the bags.  Deputy Secretary of State, Luis Borunda, State delegate Carlo Sanchez, Aisha Braveboy, candidate for State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County 2018 and Lorena G. Rivera, Director of Hispanic Affairs Governor’s Office and Rich Rosa, National 1st Vice President of HAPCOA.  Captain Joe Perez, Prince Georges County Police Department and President of the HAPCOA National Capitol Region Chapter is recognized for his untiring support of this holiday effort!

PG County Council Member Deni Taveras with volunteers

Deputy Secretary of State (Maryland), Carlo Sanchez and members


HAPCOA Invited to Attend Attorney Generals Holiday Reception

(Washington DC)  At the invitation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, members of law enforcement and law enforcement associations were invited to attend his Holiday Reception in Recognition of Law Enforcement.

The reception was held at main justice on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.  Attending the event were senior members of Federal Law Enforcement who are members of the Department of Justice, the Office of the Attorney General, DC area law enforcement and several law enforcement associations.  The associations present included the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Police Foundation, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the National Native American Law Enforcement Association, the National Latino Law Enforcement Organization, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) and several others.

Representing HAPCOA at this event was Anthony Chapa, Executive Director, who spoke with Attorney General Sessions and presented HAPCOA’s mission.

Attorney General Sessions and Executive Director Chapa discuss national law enforcement issues.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Anthony Chapa, Executive Director HAPCOA.


HAPCOA’s Chief Chapa Named 2017 Outstanding Administrator

The Texas Association of College and University Police Administrators (TACUPA) presented its 2017 Bill G. Daniels Award for Outstanding Administrator to Chief Paul Chapa of the Trinity University Police Department. 

The TACUPA each year solicits nominations from University President’s for this honor.  The Award for Outstanding Administrator was established to recognize a Chief Administrator who has made outstanding contributions to the development of campus policing as a valid career choice in law enforcement at the management level. 

This year’s prestigious award was presented at the TACUPA Annual Conference and Banquet, November 27-30, 2017 in Arlington, TX. 

Chief Paul Chapa presently serves as Chief of Police and Assistant Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. 

Chief Chapa also served as National President of the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) and today serves on the HAPCOA Board of Directors as Director at Large.

HAPCOA congratulates Chief Paul Chapa for his dedication, achievement and contributions to campus law enforcement and on his selection for the Outstanding Administrators Award.



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.