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.


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