HAPCOA Salutes LA Corps Honoree Gerard Orozco

(Los Angeles) HAPCOA LA Chapter supporting member and corporate sponsor Gerard Orozco will be recognized by the Los Angeles Conservation Corps Board of Directors, on Thursday, May 13, 2021, for his achievements at the Corps’ upcoming 2021 Virtual Spring Luncheon where he will receive the 2020-21 Corps Campion Award. His longtime support of the Corp’s environmentally focused job training programs and conservative efforts in Southern California is just one of the ways he shows his dedication to the grater Los Angeles community and to the young people looking for a chance to build a better future. More information regarding this event can be found at: lacorps.org/2021-luncheon.

Gerard Orozco, serves as a Vice President and Executive Client Account Manager at Jacobs. He has been a long-time sponsor of the HAPCOA Los Angeles Chapter and attends HAPCOA National Law Enforcement Training Symposiums.

Gerard Orozco speaks at HAPCOA National Event.


HAPCOA is Proud to Announce a Partnership with Northcentral University

HAPCOA is proud to announce a partnership with Northcentral University, a nonprofit based in San Diego. As the preferred doctoral partner of the association, NCU also offers a robust offering of bachelor's completion, master’s, and doctoral programs, including an “All but Dissertation” pathway.

Northcentral University has a robust graduate degree program offering, including:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Cybersecurity
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Public Administration

Northcentral offers a unique one-to-one learning model and course starts every week, so you can start your degree program when you’re ready. Programs are designed to be flexible and meet the needs of working professionals.

  • 100% Online Coursework
  • 100% Doctoral Faculty
  • No Residency
  • Weekly Starts

Please visit https://www.ncu.edu/hapcoa to start on your education journey. or contact hmillward@ncu.edu

*Excludes DCP, School of Law, and certificate programs. For program disclosures, visit: https://www.ncu.edu/hapcoa. NCU is a WSCUC accredited institution. WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, www.wascsenior.org. WSCUC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education


Harvard University Police Department Appoints “Community Engagement and Inclusion Chair”

Harvard University (HUPD) Interim Police Chief Denis Dowing, announced effective Monday February 22, 2021, Sgt. Jacobo Negron will be assigned as the HUPD’s Community Engagement and Inclusion Chair.

The Community Engagement and Inclusion Chair plays a key role in building and maintaining active relationships between the Harvard University Police Department and the diverse population of students, staff, faculty, and visitors that comprise the Harvard Community. Similarly, the role delivers awareness and communication facilitation, acts as a resource for individuals and groups, and provides the community with available programs and resources. The Chair is responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of the department’s externally facing diversity, inclusion and belonging initiatives and programs designed to meet the changing needs of the community.

The Community Engagement and Inclusion Chair will lead a committee comprised of volunteers from HUPD members who are engaged and looking for opportunities to make a difference by fostering a safe and inclusive environment around us, create and enhance partnerships and participate in various outreach initiatives in support to the goals of the committee.

Sgt. Negron has worked at Harvard University Police Department for the past 17 years in several different capacities (patrol, detail office, detective) and presently sergeant for patrol operations on the day shift. He is also the Administrative Chair for the Association of Harvard Latinx Faculty, and Staff (voted in June of 2019 by fellow Harvard Colleagues, two year term) and is an active member of the Employee Resource Group Council. Sgt. Negron graduated with a B.A., Magna Cum Laude, in Criminal Justice, Sociology and a minor in Management from Curry College. Sgt. Negron is also a member of the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association(HAPCOA), Massachusetts Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and Association of Latino Professionals For America.

Chief Dowing reports that Sgt. Negron brings the necessary passion and credentials to this assignment and he is eager to see him drive this effort forward with the support of fellow members of HUPD. HAPCOA joins the HUPD in congratulating Sgt. Negron and wishing him success!


Alejandro Mayorkas Sworn in as Secretary of Homeland Security

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Alejandro Mayorkas Sworn in as Secretary of Homeland Security

WASHINGTON – Today, Alejandro Mayorkas was officially sworn in as the seventh Secretary of Homeland Security. Secretary Mayorkas took the oath this afternoon after the Senate voted to confirm him. As Secretary of Homeland Security, Mayorkas now leads the third largest federal department in the United States, which includes the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the United States Secret Service.

“DHS bears an extraordinary weight on behalf of the American people, the weight of grave challenges seen and unseen,” said Secretary Mayorkas. “It is the greatest privilege of my life to return to the Department to lead the men and women who dedicate their talent and energy to the safety and security of our nation. I will work every day to ensure that they have the tools they need to execute their missions with honor and integrity. The mission of the Department of Homeland Security is to safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values. The United States is a welcoming and empathetic nation, one that finds strength in its diversity. I pledge to defend and secure our country without sacrificing these American values.”

Secretary Mayorkas is the first immigrant to serve in the role of DHS Secretary.  His parents arrived with him and his sister to the United States as refugees after fleeing Cuba in 1960. Secretary Mayorkas previously served as the DHS Deputy Secretary from 2013 to 2016. Prior to holding that position, he was the Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency charged with operating the largest immigration system in the world.


A Statement from the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association

January 8, 2021, Washington, DC -- The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) joins our professional colleagues in condemning the insurrection of our United States Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

HAPCOA supports the call for a thorough review of the security measures in place within the Capitol at the time of these violent attacks. It appears that we witnessed a catastrophic failure in leadership that resulted in one of the ‘gravest security lapses’ in recent American history.

HAPCOA has always been and remains diligently committed to working with all partners to build and maintain trust in law enforcement.

HAPCOA mourns the loss of life and injury caused by this riotous mob attack on our nation’s Capitol. This was not an acceptable event by any circumstance.

HAPCOA especially mourns the death of US Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick who succumbed to injuries sustained while responding to the riot at the Capitol. Officer Sicknick is the first law enforcement officer to be killed in the line of duty from a federal agency in 2021.

HAPCOA also recognizes the officers from the US Capitol police force, the DC Metropolitan Police Department, troopers from the Maryland and Virginia State Police, agents of the ATF and the US Secret Service and other surrounding law enforcement agencies who responded in support of this tragic event and who willingly placed themselves in harm’s way to protect others.

HAPCOA also supports the diligent efforts of the DC Metropolitan Police Department and the FBI as they continue to investigate the serious crimes committed and to identify the offenders who must be brought to justice.

HAPCOA supports all efforts in support of a peaceful transition of power on Inauguration Day 2021.


ABOUT HAPCOA: The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) is a non-profit membership organization established in 1973. It is the oldest and largest association in the U.S. of Hispanic American command officers from law enforcement and criminal justice agencies at the municipal, county, state, university, school and federal levels.

For more information, membership and donations please visit: www.hapcoa.org

Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association
PO Box 29626
Washington, DC 20017


HAPCOA: LA District Attorney George Gascón Sworn-In

(Los Angeles)  On Monday, December 7, 2002, George Gascón was sworn in as the 43rd District Attorney of Los Angeles County.  He immediately outlined his plans for promised criminal justice reforms.

In a twitter message he stated: “Today we will usher in a new era of criminal justice, and transform the largest criminal justice jurisdiction in America”.

DA Gascón began his law enforcement career over 40 years ago.  He served on the Los Angeles Police Department and retired as its Assistant Chief.  He later served as the Chief of Police in Mesa, AZ and as Chief of Police in San Francisco, CA.

In 2011, after Kamala Harris was elected California Attorney General, Governor Newson appointed Gascón to the position of San Francisco District Attorney.  Gascón, during his time with the Los Angeles Police Department, earned his JD degree from Western State College of Law in 1996.

Gascón was born in Havana, Cuba and in 1967 his family immigrated to the United States and settled in the Los Angeles County area.

DA Gascón has been a long time supporter of HAPCOA and we wish him well.


HAPCOA: 2020 Women Law Enforcement Executive of the Year

The National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE) hosted its national meeting on August 25, 2020 (virtually).  And although this year’s conference was different from the past years due to recent events, NAWLEE took time to recognize law enforcement leaders that continue to go above and beyond.  Annually, a woman law enforcement professional is recognized for her contributions throughout her career and is presented with the Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year Award.  This year Chief Gina Hawkins, of the Fayetteville Police Department, was selected for this honor as she has risen to the challenge to serve and protect her community, all while leading the way to inspire and mentor women within the profession. 

Chief Gina Hawkins, Fayetteville Police Department

This year marks NAWLEE’s 25th Anniversary and Motorola Solutions has been honored to be the founding sponsor of NAWLEE and the Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year award.

What made Chief Hawkins the recipient of this year’s award was broken down into several categories: Leading Change, Leading People, Driving Results, Business Acumen, and Building Coalition. Ultimately, she has led the way through her actions and driving change. 

Chief Hawkins is a member of the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) and served as Vice President of the HAPCOA Atlanta Chapter before being named Chief of Police of the Fayetteville Police Department.  Today Chief Hawkins also serves as on the NOBLE National Executive Board.

HAPCOA is proud to congratulate the 2020 Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year, Chief Gina Hawkins of the Fayetteville Police Department, North Carolina.


Tuition Reduced for HAPCOA Members at Northcentral University

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