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LAW ENFORCEMENT LEADERS SAY EXPANDED BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR GUN PURCHASERS CRITICAL TO PUBLIC AND OFFICER SAFETY
AMBUSHES LEADING CAUSE OF OFFICER FIREARM FATALITIES FOR TWO YEARS IN A ROW
Philadelphia, PA – At a press conference today at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference, the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence (the Partnership), a coalition of nine national law enforcement leadership organizations, emphasized the need to expand background checks for firearm purchasers, warning of the dangers to public and officer safety when guns are sold without background checks. Law enforcement leaders also expressed grave concerns that ambushes of police have risen dramatically and for the last two years in a row have been the leading cause of officer firearm fatalities.
“We in law enforcement are on the front lines, and we see the unacceptable toll gun violence takes in communities across America -- every single day,” said Baltimore, MD Police Chief Jim Johnson, who Chairs the Partnership. “That includes law enforcement officers who are increasingly the targets of gun violence. In 2012 and as of mid-year 2013 – ambushes have been the leading cause of officer firearm fatalities. This is an alarming phenomenon that we cannot allow to continue.”
In 2012, the number of officers killed by gunfire in ambushes jumped to 15, up from five in 2011, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. As of mid-year 2013, seven of the 17 officers killed by gunfire were targeted in ambushes. In 2011, for the first time in 14 years, firearms were the number one cause of death for officers killed in the line of duty, and gunfire continues to be a leading cause of officer fatalities.
“Gun violence is killing us – citizens and law enforcement alike. There are more than 30 Americans killed by firearms everyday. This madness has to stop,” said Philadelphia, PA Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, the host Chief for IACP’s conference who opened the press conference. “We must do all we can to keep guns out of dangerous hands by ensuring that we require background checks on all gun purchasers.” Commissioner Ramsey also serves as President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), two member organizations of the Partnership.
The 1968 Gun Control Act prohibits anyone from possessing a firearm if he or she is a convicted felon, under indictment, a fugitive from justice, an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance, an illegal alien, adjudicated as a mental defective or committed to a mental institution, dishonorably discharged from the military, or has renounced U.S. citizenship. The Act was later amended to include those under a restraining order for, or convicted of a crime of domestic violence. Currently, the Brady Law requires background checks for firearms purchased through federally licensed dealers. However, no background checks are required for firearms purchased in private sales, such as at gun shows or over the Internet.
“Up to 40 percent of firearm purchases are private, and thus do not require a check under federal law,” said Chief Johnson. “That’s like permitting 40 percent of passengers to board an airplane without going through airport security.
Noting that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Chief Johnson said, “Those convicted of domestic violence offenses or under a domestic violence restraining order are prohibited from possessing firearms, but because we do not require background checks at all transaction points, they are still able to get guns, and the results are tragic.”
“Background checks work and have stopped more than two million prohibited purchases since 1994, when the Brady Law took effect,” said Wellesley, MA Police Chief Terry M. Cunningham, 4th Vice President of IACP. As law enforcement professionals, we know countless lives have been saved because background checks thwarted those two million purchases. It is obvious we can save so many more lives if we expand background checks to all sales.”
“Large or small, urban, suburban or rural, gun violence impacts communities all across America. Law enforcement is united in the fight to prevent gun violence,” said Pittsburgh, PA Assistant Police Chief Maurita Bryant, Immediate Past President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). “We are speaking out as public safety professionals because we know background checks save lives,” she added.
The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence (the Partnership) lepartnership.org is an alliance of the nation’s law enforcement leadership organizations concerned about the unacceptable level of gun violence in the United States. The Partnership is working to address the pervasive nature of gun violence and its horrific impact on community and officer safety. The Partnership is comprised of:
Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA)
Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA)
International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)
International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA)
National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE)
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
Police Foundation (PF)
Location: Sheraton Gunter Hotel, San Antonio, TX
Event date: November 19, 2013
HAPCOA, the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, established in 1973, 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 and federal levels. With members in agencies from across the United States and Puerto Rico, many of whom are active in local chapters, HAPCOA is a national organization with a local presence.
This year HAPCOA celebrates its 40th anniversary with its Annual National Training Symposium set for November 18-21, 2013 at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.
At this year’s symposium HAPCOA will hold its annual Aguila Awards Luncheon and will present its highest national recognition awards. The 2013 Aguila Awards Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, November 19th at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel from 11am to 1pm. Providing the keynote address at this year’s Aguila Awards Luncheon will be Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, US Army (retired).
This year’s award categories include:
THE HAPCOA AGUILA STATUE AWARD
This award is the highest form of recognition provided 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 on which HAPCOA was founded to promote.
The 2013 HAPCOA Aguila Statue Award winner is Jose "Joe" Bañales, Assistant Chief of Police, San Antonio Police Department, San Antonio, TX.
THE HAPCOA GOLD MEDAL OF VALOR
The Gold Medal of Valor Award: presented to an individual, who while on official duty, performed beyond the call, exemplifying courage and boldness.
The 2013 HAPCOA Gold Medal of Valor Award winner is Lisa Castellano, Sergeant, Detention Division, Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, San Antonio, TX.
THE HAPCOA SILVER MEDAL FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE
The Silver Medal for Meritorious Service: presented to an individual, who has performed meritorious work in law enforcement.
The 2013 HAPCOA Silver Medal for Meritorious Service winners include:
- Maria del Carmen Perez, Supervisory Air Marshal in Charge, Miami Field Office.
- David Ortega, Special Agent, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Quantico, VA.
- Juan Vargas, Otto Fernandez and Delfin Alvarez, Postal Inspectors, US Postal Inspection Service, Miami, FL.
THE HAPCOA BRONZE MEDAL FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE
The Bronze Medal for Community Service: presented to an individual who has contributed to the civic projects or programs, which 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.
The 2013 HAPCOA Bronze Medal for Community Service winners include:
- Philip “Tony” Cox, Special Agent in Charge, Naval Criminal Investigative Services, Honolulu, HI.
- Air Force Office of Special Investigations, 6th Field Investigations Squadron, Yokota Air Force Base, Japan.
- Air Force Office of Special Investigations, 2nd Field Investigations Region, Operating Location-Bravo, Davis-Monthan, Air Force Base, Arizona.
THE HAPCOA PRESIDENT’S AWARD
New this year is the awarding of the HAPCOA Presidents Award. This recognition award is presented to an individual or organization that has provided support, direction and guidance to the HAPCOA National President.
The 2013 HAPCOA President’s Award will be presented to:
- Major General Alfred “Freddy” Valenzuela, US Army (retired), San Antonio, TX
- Paul Magallanes, President/CEO, MAI Associates, Thousand Oaks, CA
In addition, HAPCOA sponsors will be recognized for their support, contributions and donations. This year’s major sponsors include:
- Harris Communications
- American Military University
- The Armand Hammer Foundation
- Davila Construction, San Antonio, TX
To achieve its vision, HAPCOA follows its mission to "empower the future of law enforcement" by assisting law enforcement, criminal justice and community organizations nationwide in their efforts to recruit, train and promote qualified Hispanic American men and women.
The 2013 HAPCOA National President is Paul J. Chapa, Chief of Police, Assistant Vice President Public Safety-Enterprise Risk Management, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
For additional information regarding HAPCOA, its National Aguila Awards Program and its 40th Annual National Training Symposium visit: www.hapcoa.org/annual-symposium
HAPCOA is pleased to again present the LEADERSHIP ROUNDTABLE at this years Symposium. In the past this program was always one of our most highly rated and best attended events. This year HAPCOA will bring together several of its senior members to discuss our Symposium theme: “The Changing Face of Law Enforcement Leadership: HAPCOA at the Crossroads”.
Senior HAPCOA members comprising this year’s roundtable include:
- Amadeo Ortiz, former Sheriff, Bexar County, TX
- Art Acevedo, Chief of Police, Austin, TX
- Richard Garcia, Assistant Director in Charge ®, FBI, Los Angeles, CA
- Javier Pena, Special Agent in Charge, DEA, Houston, TX
- Manny Ovalle, Lieutenant ®, Secret Service-UD, Washington, DC
- Albert Ortiz, Lieutenant, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, CA
This year’s panel moderator:Dr. Dianna Carmenaty, M.P.A., PhD., San Antonio, TX
Dr. Carmenaty is the President of C3 Creating Catalyst for Change. Dianna is a retired San Antonio Police Officer with over 28 years of experience as a Patrol Officer. She also serves on several law enforcement advisory committees and Boards of Directors. In addition Dr. Carmenaty served as the President of the San Antonio Police Department Hispanic Police Officers Organization.
To register for the Symposium, visit http://hapcoa.org/symposium-registration
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released an online independent study course titled Protecting Critical Infrastructure Against Insider Threats (IS-915). The one-hour course was developed by the Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP) in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute (EMI), Commercial Facilities Sector-Specific Agency, critical infrastructure owners and operators, and other Federal and state agencies.
Designed for critical infrastructure employees and stakeholders, Protecting Critical Infrastructure Against Insider Threats enhances awareness of the potential threats to critical infrastructure from malicious actions taken by those inside the organization. The course also provides guidance on how to identify insider threats to critical infrastructure and an overview of common characteristics and indicators associated with malicious insiders.
This is the sixth independent study course in the Critical Infrastructure Security Awareness Series developed by the DHS/IP and offered to government and private sector stakeholders through FEMA/EMI. The content covers a range of topics including: defining insider threat; the scope and impact of insider threats; and identifying actions that can be taken against insider threats. The course can be found by visiting www.training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=IS-915.
EMI offers more than 150 independent study courses designed for the general public, as well as courses specifically focused on emergency management. All courses are free to those who qualify for enrollment. To get a complete listing of all EMI independent study offerings, visit: http://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.asp?page=all .
To access this course directly, follow this link: http://emilms.fema.gov/IS0915/index.htm.
IRVING, Texas, July 22, 2013 - Zoe Anaya, Explorer Post 2906, sponsored by the Phoenix Police Department, Phoenix, AZ, has been selected to receive the 2013 Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association Explorer Scholarship Award.
Read the full Press Release: http://hapcoa.org/templates/files/scn-0030.pdf
Henry Cisneros, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and current chair of National Hispanic University’s advisory board, will be the keynote speaker at HAPCOA’s 40th Anniversary Training Symposium in San Antonio, Texas on November 19th.
Mr. Cisneros began his career serving three terms as a city council member before becoming the first Hispanic-American mayor of a major U.S. city, San Antonio, Texas. In 1992, he was appointed by President Clinton to be the HUD secretary, where he was credited with initiating the revitalization of many of the nation’s public housing developments and with formulating policies that contributed to achieving the nation’s highest-ever home ownership rate.
HAPCOA’s 2012 Aguila Award winner, Special Agent in Charge Victor Erevia, Presidential Protection Division, was recently selected for promotion to the position of Assistant Director, Office of Protective Operations, US Secret Service. Assistant Director Erevia will oversea all executive protection operations to include the President’s Detail, the Vice President’s Detail, the White House Complex, the Uniformed Division, former President Details and Foreign Heads of State visits to the United States.
HAPCOA member Special Agent in Charge Nelson Garabito, Protective Intelligence and Assessment Division, was recently selected for promotion to the position of Deputy Assistant Director, Office of Investigations, US Secret Service.
HAPCOA Past President and NCIS Special Agent Philip ‘Tony’ Cox was selected as the Special Agent in Charge for the Hawaii Field Office. His area of responsibility will encompass the Hawaiian Islands and the US Territory of Guam.
Anthony Chapa, HAPCOA Exec. Director, Mayor Castro and Paul Chapa, HAPCOA President at the White House prior to the Inaugural Festivities
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Help to Federal employees experiencing major loss due to a declared natural disaster may apply for a grant from the Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund. Please visit the following website for details and an application:
Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.
CALEA’s mission is to provide a credentialing service through the use of professionally recognized standards for law enforcement agencies, public safety communication centers, and public safety training academies. Agencies participate in a voluntary accreditation process demonstrating excellence in management and service delivery. Contact: Syl Daughtry (703) 352-4225
Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association
The mission of HAPCOA is to empower the future of law enforcement by assisting law enforcement, criminal justice and community organizations nationwide in their efforts to recruit, train, and promote qualified Hispanic American men and women. HAPCOA also seeks to promote and develop Hispanics in law enforcement and to serve as and advocate for Hispanic law enforcement issues. Contact: Anthony Chapa at firstname.lastname@example.org
International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators
IACLEA’s mission is to advance public safety for educational institutions by providing educational resources, advocacy and professional development. Contact: Chief Michael Webster (410) 857-2202
International Association of Chiefs of Police
The IACP mission is to advance professional police services; promote enhanced administrative, technical, and operational police practices; foster cooperation and the exchange of information and experience among police leaders and police organizations of recognized professional and technical standing throughout the world. Contact: Nancy Turner (703) 836-6767
Major Cities Chiefs Association
The mission of the Major Cities Chiefs Association is to provide a unique forum for urban police, sheriffs and other law enforcement chief executives to discuss common problems and exchange crime-fighting strategies, as well as participate in executive training, research, and criminal justice policy development. Contact: Chief James Johnson (410) 887-4925
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
NOBLE’s mission is to ensure equity in the administration of justice in the provision of public service to all communities and to serve as the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to justice by action. Contact Jessie Lee (703) 658-1529
National Organization of Women Law Enforcement Executives
NAWLEE’s mission is to promote the ideals and principles of women executives in law enforcement; to conduct training seminars to train and educate women executives in enforcement including but not limited to the areas of leadership, management and administration; to provide a forum for the exchange of information concerning law enforcement and generally fostering effective law enforcement. Contact: Chief Kathy Perez (240) 216-0401.
Police Executive Research Forum
PERF, with a membership of progressive police executives from the largest city, county, and state law enforcement agencies, is dedicated to improving policing and advancing professionalism through research and involvement in public policy debate. Contact: Chris Koper (202) 466-7820
The Police Foundation seeks to advance efficient, effective, and humane policing that operates within the framework of democratic principles and the highest ideals of the nation. To accomplish our mission, we work closely with law enforcement agencies and practitioners, government agencies, scholars, and policy makers to develop and evaluate innovative programs, strategies, training, and technology to address the full range of police administrative and operational concerns. Contact: Mary Malina (202) 833-1460