Congratulations Chief Belmares!

San Antonio HAPCOA Chapter and National Board Member Rolando Belmares has been selected as the Chief for the State of Texas Criminal Investigations Division State Board of Pharmacy. Chief Belmares will oversee State Police Investigators throughout the State of Texas investigating, fraud in the sale, dispensing and prescribing of illegal and prescription drugs. Fighting the current opioid academic is a priority mission for the State Investigators. This division is also responsible for the undercover operations involving Doctor’s Offices and Pharmacies abusing their authority by illegal drug practices. Chief Belmares Law Enforcement career spans over 22 years. Congratulations Chief Belmares!


HAPCOA National Board Members attend Sheriff's Memorial Ceremony

(San Antonio, Texas) HAPCOA National Board 3rd Vice President Sheriff Javier Salazar and San Antonio Chapter President Chief Deputy Don Tijerina host the Bexar County Sheriff’s Memorial Ceremony at the Bexar County Courthouse in San Antonio, Texas on May 17th, 2018. The Memorial Ceremony paid respect to those Bexar County Deputy Sheriff’s who gave the ultimate sacrifice to the community.


HAPCOA Participates in NATIONAL POLICE WEEK Activities

(Washington, DC)  In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation that designated May 15 as Peace Officer Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.

National Police Week draws approx 30,000+ attendees who come from municipal, county, state, and University police departments throughout the US as well as from all Federal law enforcement agencies.

On Sunday, May 13, 2018, the National Peace Officers Memorial Fund sponsored its 30th Annual Candlelight Vigil on the National Mall.  In 2017 alone, 129 officers were killed in the line of duty. Since 1791, a total of 21,541 officers have lost their lives in the line of duty. One of the most moving ceremonies is the Annual Candlelight Vigil, where the names of fallen officers will be forever etched into the Memorial Wall. 

HAPCOA was invited to attend as a VIP organization that has supported the National Peace Officers Memorial, the Memorial Museum and the Memorial Fund.

HAPCOA’s Executive Director Anthony Chapa was invited to attend the pre-event activities and also witnessed the 30th Annual Candlelight Vigil.

On Monday, May 14, 2018, HAPCOA was invited to attend a Department of Justice Police Week Reception, hosted by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  Representing HAPCOA were National President Rich Rosa (retired Supervisory Federal Air Marshal), Executive Director Tony Chapa (retired Assistant Director US Secret Service) and HAPCOA NCR Chapter President Captain Joe Perez (Prince Georges County Police Department).  The HAPCOA representatives had a unique opportunity to meet and speak with several senior DOJ Officials to include Attorney General Jeff Sessions (who was presented with a HAPCOA Lapel Pin), with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray.  Also invited to attend were representatives of the IACP, NOBLE, NLPOA, NSA, FOP and several other national law enforcement organizations.

Other events during National Police Week included the Annual US Capitol Memorial Service, events for Survivors and the FOP Tent City activities.


HAPCOA’s Tony Chapa & Sheriff Jim McDonnell of Los Angeles County (the nation’s largest Sheriff’s Department) visit at the Candlelight Vigil in Washington, DC.


Invited to attend Attorney General’s Police Week Reception: HAPCOA NCR President Captain Joe Perez (Prince Georges County Police), HAPCOA National President Rich Rosa (retired Supervisory Federal Air Marshal), Cindy Rodriguez, National President National Latino Peace Officers Association (retired LT Las Vegas Metro PD), and HAPCOA Executive Director Tony Chapa (retired Assistant Director US Secret Service).

Capt Joe Perez, Attorney General Sessions, Tony Chapa & Rich Rosa 

 Capt Perez, Tony Chapa, Deputy AG Rosenstein & Rich Rosa 


Capt Perez, FBI Director Wray, & Tony Chapa

Rich Rosa, Chief Louis Dekmar (LaGrange, GA PD), President, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) & Tony Chapa


HAPCOA Names 2018 National Board at 44th Annual Training Symposium

(Los Angeles)  The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) elected and promoted its 2018 National Board at the conclusion of its 44th Annual National Law Enforcement Training Symposium in Los Angeles, CA this past May 2, 2018.

During the HAPCOA membership meeting, held on April 30, 2018, an election was held to elect its newest 4th Vice President (representing a federal agency).  The result of the election ended with the election of Ivan Acosta, Special Agent, Senior Representative of the USMC, Pentagon, Washington, DC.  Also during the membership meeting incoming National President Richard Rosa announced he would appoint Mary Ruiz, Senior Special Agent (retired), IRS-CID, of the San Antonio Chapter, to the position of Director at Large.

The 2018 HAPCOA National Board of HAPCOA is:

  • Richard Rosa                        National President
  • Chief Tina Nieto                   Immediate Past National President
  • John Torres                          President Emeritus
  • Chief Teresa Ramon             1st Vice President
  • Steve Noguera                     2nd Vice President
  • Sheriff Javier Salazar           3rd Vice President
  • Ivan Acosta                          4th Vice President
  • Clarence Jorif                       National Treasurer
  • Manny Ovalle                       Sergeant-at –Arms
  • Roger Lozano                       National Secretary
  • Rolando Belmares                Parliamentarian/Historian
  • Mary Ruiz                              Director at Large
  • Anthony Chapa                     Executive Director
  • Mary Cox                               Event Coordinator

This year’s National Law Enforcement Training Symposium, entitled  “Empowering the Future of Law Enforcement with Continuing Training, Innovation and Emerging Technology”, included several featured speakers to include as its Opening Keynote Jorge “George” Villegas, Assistant Chief – Director, Office of Administration Services, Los Angeles Police Department.  Welcoming remarks were also present by Sheriff Jim McDonnell, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and also by TV Actor Wilmer Valderrama of the NCIS television show.

Eddie Rivero, Assistant Sheriff, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department presented the Aguila Award Luncheon Keynote.  The closing ceremony speaker was Carmen “Nuch” Trutanich, former City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles.

The HAPCOA training sessions offered this year included two roundtable discussions.  The first one was on “Emerging Trends in Investigative Analytics” moderated by Richard Garcia, Assistant Director in Charge (retired), FBI.  The second was on “Sexual Harassment in Law Enforcement: Emerging Trends and Lessons Learned” moderated by Jill Serrano, Assistant Sheriff, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

Other training sessions offered included the IACP “One Mind Campaign” and the “High-Tech First Responders Wellness” course.  Also “Lessons from Military Law Enforcement Organizations for Leading Diverse and High Functioning Teams” presented by the NCIS; and, “Dynamics of MAGNUS Leadership” by Dr Mitch Javidi.  The FBI also presented the “FBI Next Generation Identification (NGI) Systems”.

At the closing ceremony, incoming National President Rich Rosa, announced that the 45th Annual HAPCOA National Law Enforcement Training Symposium would be held at a date to be determined in May 2019 in Baltimore, MD.

2018 HAPCOA National Board


Executive Director Chapa, Wilmer Valderrama, and 2017 National President Chief Nieto


HAPCOA Invited to Participate in the National Officer Safety and Wellness Group

(Washington, DC) HAPCOA was invited and President Tina Nieto accepted to participate in the National Officer Safety and Wellness Group (OSWG) meeting on April 17, 2018 to bring attention to the safety and wellness needs of law enforcement officers following a number of high-profile ambushes on police. The OSWG has raised awareness, increased knowledge, and encouraged law enforcement agencies to adopt practices that recognize that the most valuable resource a law enforcement agency is the men and women who put their lives on the line each and every day in the name of protecting and serving their communities.  To view further information on the OSWG along with the resources that they have developed please visit https://cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2603.


HAPCOA attend HOLEA meeting in Baltimore City, Maryland

(Baltimore, MD) HAPCOA 1st VP Richard Rosa along with HNLEA Executive Director – Luis Rodriguez, and APALA Executive Director – Alex Zunca attended the Hispanic Officers Law Enforcement Association (HOLEA) of Baltimore City on Monday, April 16th.  In attendance was Miguel Martinez, the president of HOLEA and his Treasurer, Steven Cuevas along with some HOLEA members.  Also present were, Juan Nunez and Enrique Ribadeniera, two local business leaders of the Highlandtown Business Association.

The evening’s discussions initiated much dialogue on the topics concerning:  The Baltimore Police Departments promotion process, the ranks of the highest-ranking Hispanics/Latinos within the department sans the newly appointed commissioner.  The importance of officer development and continual mentoring regardless of rank.  The responsibility of encouraging and supporting each other throughout their career – never forget where you come from; social media and its effect on future career opportunities. The business leaders are looking to partner with HOLEA on developing a mentoring program for Hispanic students considered, ‘At Risk Youth’ at Patterson High School located in Baltimore City. 


Texas Law Enforcement To Provide Free Emergency Response Training In Schools

The San Antonio Express-News  (4/17) reports the Bexar County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office and Judson Independent School District are “offering free training to area school police, administrators, and teachers on how to respond to active shooters and hazardous situations.” Sheriff Javier Salazar “said they are hoping to fill the available 100 slots with staff from area school districts, as well as private or charter schools.” BCSO Deputy Chief Aristides Jimenez “said they decided to offer the course after several people reached out to the department for more ways they can secure their campuses.” Judson ISD Police Chief Teresa Ramon “said having more campuses learn the protocol will help responding agencies coordinate their efforts.”

Sheriff Salazar and Chief Ramon both serve as members of HAPCOA’s National Board of Directors and are active members of the San Antonio Chapter.



HAPCOA Attends “Dia Del Policia” Celebration

(Panama) HAPCOA Panama Chapter members were invited to attend the Panamanian National Police “Dia Del Policia” celebration on Saturday, April 14, 2018. This annual event was held at National Police Headquarters at sunrise and was officiated by Director General Commissioner Omar Pinzon.

Approximately 500 members of the Panamanian National Police attended along with members of all uniformed Ministry of Public Security Forces.  The Panamanian National Police Band and Orchestra provided entertainment.  The program included the cutting of the ceremonial cake, the formal raising of the National Flag and concluded with a Blue Mass.

HAPCOA Executive Director Tony Chapa was invited by Director General Pinzon and to officially attend and participate in the festivities.

Director General Omar Pinzon, HAPCOA Executive Director Chapa and Deputy Director Alonso Vega Pino


HAPCOA President participated in the NOBLE 2018 Western Region Training Conference on April 12, 2018

(Oakland, CA) HAPCOA was invited and President Tina Nieto accepted to participate in the NOBLE 2018 Western Region Training Conference.

The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) was founded in September 1976, an organization that recognizes that black law enforcement executives could have a significantly more effective impact upon the criminal justice system through a unified voice. HAPCOA has a similar mission and continues through, chiefs of police, sheriffs and police superintendents from around the country to meet the challenges of selection, promotion and retention of Hispanic American men and women in professional law enforcement and the criminal justice system. The courageous men and women of HAPCOA also work diligently to address the concerns of their respective communities and improve community relations through the implementation of innovative, state-of-the art training and educational programs. Our continued partnership with NOBLE helps both organizations to make significant contributions to law enforcement, serving as positive professional role models for aspiring young law enforcement officers.


United By Light

On May 13, we will officially dedicate the 360 names added to the Memorial this year during the 30th Annual Candlelight Vigil. Join us in honoring the sacrifice that each of these officers made for their community by lighting a virtual candle in recognition of an officer or registering to watch the live Vigil webcast.

Make a small donation to light a virtual candle in honor of a special officer today.

Your candle will be displayed alongside the Vigil webcast, and it will include the officer’s name and your brief message in their tribute. Take a look at the Candle Wall at www.UnitedByLight.org.

Help us honor the 900,000 law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day for the safety and protection of others.

Thank you for your support,

Craig W. Floyd
Chief Executive Officer
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund