(Washington, DC)  The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) invited the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) Executive Director Anthony Chapa to serve as a panelist at its Public Policy Conference, September 13, 2016, in Washington DC (http://hhm.chci.org/2016-agenda/).

HAPCOA was invited to participate in the CHCI panel entitled:  Homeland Security: Community Readiness Strategies for the Latino Community.  This session explored community readiness strategies to emerging situations and how to unify a community after an unexpected tragedy.  US Representative Peter Aguilar (D) representing California’s 31st Congressional District moderated the panel. 

Panelist included:  David Bowdich, Associate Deputy Director, FBI; Heather Fong, Assistant Secretary for State and Local Law Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security; Dr. Nadine Garcia, Deputy Assistant Secretary/Director for Minority Health (OMH); Mark Hartwig, Fire Chief/Fire Warden, San Bernardino County Fire Department and Anthony Chapa, Executive Director, Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association.  Chapa provided commentary regarding the role of a diverse workforce and emergency response training in support of the Hispanic community. 

The CHCI conference ended with the presentation of its 39th Annual Awards Gala.  Guest speakers included President Barack Obama.  The CHCI closing event included 2,500 guests from across the country including presidential candidates, cabinet secretaries, members of Congress, celebrities, corporate executives and nonprofit leaders.

The CHCI is a nonprofit and non-partisan 501(c) (3) organization, which provides leadership development programs and education services to students and young emerging leaders.  Learn more about CHCI at: www.chci.org.

Chapa speaks at CHCI as a member of the Homeland Security panel.

Chapa with Assistant Secretary Fong at CHCI Public Police Conference


HAPCOA Participates in Stevenson University Forensic Symposium – “Diversity and Inclusion in Law Enforcement and Forensics”

HAPCOA 2nd VP Richard Rosa (FMAS), and member of the HAPCOA National Capital Region Chapter, was invited to participate as a panelist at the Stevenson University’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies, Forensic Symposium on Diversity and Inclusion in Law Enforcement and Forensics.  This event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 5, 2016, from 6pm to 8pm, at the Owings Mills Campus in Owings Mills, MD. 

Stevenson students are invited to attend the Forensic Symposium to learn how forensic organizations are promoting diversity in their field. Invited speakers and representatives include the following law enforcement and forensic professionals:

Attendees are invited to gain insight into planning and advancing ones career from accomplished professionals by learning how organizations:

  • Provide training, education, and mentoring programs for employees
  • Create outreach programs and scholarships to recruit in the community and at schools
  • Work collaboratively with employees to establish organizational policies that promote fairness and equity for all employees
  • Conduct employee engagement surveys and focus groups to determine areas that may need improvement

Additional information and registration for the event can be found at:  http://www.stevenson.edu/graduate-professional-studies/forms/forensic-symposium.html?hapcoa 


In Memory of Chief Wilfred Navarro, Jr (1929-2016) HAPCOA National President 1991-1992

Houston Police Officers lost a brother this week. Wilfred Navarro, Jr, 87, a resident of Houston, passed away from natural causes on August 2, 2016. Mr. Navarro was born in Houston, March 27, 1929, to Wilfred Sr. and Betty Navarro. A childhood resident of Houston's sixth ward, Wilfred grew up within sight of the Houston Police Department (HPD) Headquarters, located at 61 Riesner St. at the time, where he would go on to serve a lifetime career.

After service in the U.S. Navy, Wilfred began his career with HPD in 1950. Initially serving in the patrol division, Wilfred worked at what was then the new North Shepherd sub-station. His career included a stint at the original HPD community-policing center at Ripley House, where he served as "Officer Friendly," setting off his lifelong community activism before eventually returning to HPD headquarters.

In 1955 Mr. Navarro moved to the newly developed suburban area of Spring Branch. This was a major move for a young man who had grown up in downtown Houston. Wilfred moved "out west" in hopes this would lay a foundation upon which his family could succeed. Wilfred worked tirelessly to support his family in their new home. He worked many an extra job like so many other young officers. The Navarro’s thrived "out west" active in their church and community. Wilfred and family were even founding members of the newly established St. John Vianney Catholic Church in 1966. In addition to being an active parishioner Wilfred was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

In 1980, Mayor Jim McConn appointed Mr. Navarro Chief of the Houston Airport Police Department. He remained in charge of police services at Houston Intercontinental Airport, Hobby Airport and Ellington Field until his retirement in 2000. Chief Navarro dedicated 50 years of public service to the City of Houston. He was actively involved in a number of organizations related to his police career and was instrumental in negotiating the purchase of land on which the Houston Police Officers Union and the Houston Police Federal Credit Union buildings are situated.

Chief Navarro was an active member of the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA).  He served on the National Board of Directors and was elected to serve as its National President serving from 1991 to 1992.

Chief Navarro attending the 2014 HAPCOA Aguila Awards luncheon, pictured with former HAPCOA National President Sheriff Ralph Lopez (2000-2001) and Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in San Antonio, TX.


HAPCOA Participates in DOJ Leadership Conference Call

(Washington DC)  On July 20, 2016, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates initiated a conference call with national law enforcement leaders to address the tragic events that have taken place over the past few weeks.

Also on the call was Director Ron Davis from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services; Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta from the Civil Rights Division; Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason from the Office of Justice Programs and Acting Director Paul Monterio from the Community Relations Service.  Representing HAPCOA on the call was Executive Director Anthony Chapa.

During the call AG Lynch advised that she wanted to initiate open dialogue with law enforcement leaders on ‘where do we go from here’.  She provided a review of a meeting she participated in with FBI Director Comey, DHS Secretary Johnson and President Obama.  Per her comments the administration is ready to provide additional support to law enforcement with funding/grants, resources and support to include an offer of specialized training.  Director Davis reported on progress in respect to sharing of after action reports regarding the major events of this year to focus on ‘lessons learned’.  The overall priority of this meeting was the sharing with law enforcement leaders current information and offer of support regarding officer safety and wellness.

After a brief question and answer period the call ended with the promise of additional follow-up.


Open Letter from President Obama to Law Enforcement

To the brave members of our Nation's law enforcement community:

Every day, you confront danger so it does not find our families, carry burdens so they do not fall to us, and courageously meet test after test to keep us safe. Like Dallas officer Lorne Ahrens, who bought dinner for a homeless man the night before he died, you perform good deeds beyond the call of duty and out of the spotlight. Time and again, you make the split-second decisions that could mean life or death for you and many others in harm's way. You endure the tense minutes and long hours over lifetimes of service. 

Every day, you accept this responsibility and you see your colleagues do their difficult, dangerous jobs with equal valor. I want you to know that the American people see it, too. We recognize it, we respect it, we appreciate it, and we depend on you. And just as your tight-knit law enforcement family feels the recent losses to your core, our Nation grieves alongside you. Any attack on police is an unjustified attack on all of us. 

I've spent a lot of time with law enforcement over the past couple of weeks. I know that you take each of these tragedies personally, and that each is as devastating as a loss in the family. Sunday's shooting in Baton Rouge was no different. Together, we mourn Montrell Jackson, Matthew Gerald, and Brad Garafola. Each was a husband. Each was a father. Each was a proud member of his community. And each fallen officer is one too many. Last week, I met with the families of the Dallas officers who were killed, and I called the families of those who were killed in the line of duty yesterday in Baton Rouge. I let them know how deeply we ache for the loss of their loved ones.

Some are trying to use this moment to divide police and the communities you serve. I reject those efforts, for they do not reflect the reality of our Nation. Officer Jackson knew this too, when just days ago he asked us to keep hatred from our hearts. Instead, he offered-to protestors and fellow police officers alike-a hug to anyone who saw him on the street. He offered himself as a fellow worshipper to anyone who sought to pray. Today, we offer our comfort and our prayers to his family, to the Geralds and the Garafolas, and to the tighhknit Baton Rouge law enforcement community.

As you continue to serve us in this tumultuous hour, we again recognize that we can no longer ask you to solve issues we refuse to address as a society. We should give you the resources you need to do your job, including our full-throated support. We must give you the tools you need to build and strengthen the bonds of trust with those you serve, and our best efforts to address the underlying challenges that contribute to crime and unrest.

As you continue to defend us with quiet dignity, we proclaim loudly our appreciation for the acts of service you perform as part of your daily routine. When you see civilians at risk, you don't see them as strangers. You see them as your own family, and you lay your life on the line for them. You put others' safety before your own, and you remind us that loving our country means loving one another. Even when some protest you, you protect them. What is more professional than that? What is more patriotic? What is a prouder example of our most basic freedoms-to speech, to assembly, to life, and to liberty? And at the end of the day, you have a right to go home to your family, just like anybody else. 

Robert Kennedy, once our Nation's highest-ranking law enforcement official, lamented in the wake of unjust violence a country in which we look at our neighbors as people "with whom we share a city, but not a community." This is a time for us to reaffirm that what makes us special is that we are not only a country, but also a community. That is true whether you are black or white, whether you are rich or poor, whether you are a police officer or someone they protect and serve.

With that understanding-an understanding of the goodness and decency I have seen of our Nation not only in the past few weeks, but throughout my life-we will get through this difficult time together.

We will do it with the love and empathy of public servants like those we have lost in recent days. We will do it with the resilience of cities like Dallas that quickly came together to restore order and deepen unity and understanding. We will do it with the grace of loved ones who even in their grief have spoken out against vengeance toward police. We will do it with the good will of activists like those I have sat with in recent days, who have pledged to work together to reduce violence even as they voice their disappointments and fears.

As we bind up our wounds, we must come together to ensure that those who try to divide us do not succeed. We are at our best when we recognize our common humanity, set an example for our children of trust and responsibility, and honor the sacrifices of our bravest by coming together to be better.

Thank you for your courageous service. We have your backs.



HAPCOA Invited to Provide National Commentary on Current Events

(Washington, DC)  The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) was called upon on recently to provide public commentary on national Spanish language television news stations regarding the situations in Milwaukee and Baton Rouge and then again to provide post Dallas commentary regarding the shooting of 5 brave Police Officers.

HAPCOA’s Executive Director Anthony Chapa provided commentary. Interviews were conducted in Spanish with correspondents from both TeleMundo and Univision (two interviews).

HAPCOA continues to be the “go-to” organization for commentary and presentations regarding the national Hispanic law enforcement perspective on issues to include community policing, command level training, evolving technology, diversity in policing and the overall future of law enforcement.  HAPCOA National Capitol Region Chapter members continue to be invited to the White House to discuss issues regarding the Presidents Task Force on 21st Century Policing. 

Executive Director Chapa was also recently invited to provide a formal presentation at St. Mary’s University before its 2016 Upward Bound summer class and also to address a recent FBI National Academy Alumni Regional Training luncheon at Trinity University both held in San Antonio.



NEW YORK – Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh C. Johnson delivered the following remarks on last night’s shooting in Dallas:

"Last night in Dallas a group peaceably assembled to demonstrate and express their grievances.  This is something they had a right to do, in accord with our American tradition of peaceful demonstration in pursuit of change.

The evening was shattered by a despicable act of murder directed at those present to keep the peace.  At this time, there appears to have been one gunman with no known links to or inspiration from any international terrorist organization. One Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer has been killed, four Dallas Police officers have been killed, and other law enforcement officers have been wounded. Several civilians were also wounded.  We mourn the loss of those killed, and pray for the wounded.

Many people, from multiple communities, are angry and on edge.

Today I come to One Police Plaza to stand with law enforcement, to say this:

Last night’s killer acted with a depraved misbelief that the murder of police officers solves a problem.  Just like last night’s killer does not represent all those who seek to bring about change, any police officer who engages in excessive force does not represent all those in law enforcement; far from it.

The role of the police officer is to protect and to serve; to keep the peace and serve the community. This is the reason the overwhelming, overwhelming majority of our Nation’s law enforcement officers put on a badge, and it is what they do every day in your community and mine.  Indeed, in the face of last night’s attack targeting the police, their first reaction was to protect the public. 

Violence is never the answer.  Violence directed at our police officers is never the answer. Violence directed at police officers endangers them, and it endangers the very public they are sworn to protect.

Now more than ever the police and the communities they serve must come together, heal the wounds, and bridge any differences.  Dallas, in particular, has been a model in that regard.  Today the families of those killed should know we stand with them, grieve with them, and will do our best to support them in the days ahead.

Thank you."



Full Article: http://hapcoa.org/templates/files/le-partnership-statement-draft-070816.pdf

Baltimore County Chief of Police Jim Johnson
Chair National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence

The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence deeply mourns the loss of four Dallas Police Department Officers and one Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Officer, who were deliberately targeted for assassination today by a deranged and cowardly group of individuals who were intent on killing law enforcement officers. We send our deepest condolences to the families of these brave fallen officers and to the officers and families of those who were shot and survived. Our thoughts are also with the citizens of Dallas, Texas and with this great Nation as we all share in the loss of these heroes.

Our coalition of nine national law enforcement leadership organizations has long expressed our concern over the devastating toll of violence in our communities and in violence directed towards law enforcement. Those who encourage and call for violence against law enforcement are equally as guilty as those who commit such violence and do nothing to promote the kind of mutual trust and cooperation that is needed to ensure that every American can feel safe within their communities. Law enforcement officers put their own lives on the line to protect others, but the prevalence of gun violence across our nation is making these jobs increasingly more dangerous. Here are some of the disturbing facts:

• Firearm fatalities among law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty have risen sharply this year, up 44 percent over the same time last year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

• Gunfire was the leading cause of officer line of duty deaths in 2014, as it has been since 2009, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

• An increasing proportion of police murders have been classified as ambushes. According to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, between 1990 and 2000, police murders that were attributable to ambush assaults was about 12 percent; from 2001 to 2012, that figure was 21 percent.

• Firearms were responsible for 93 percent of homicides of law enforcement officers between 1996 and 2010, according to a 2013 Johns Hopkins study.

• Gun deaths among all Americans have been on the rise over the 15 years, going from an average of 79 per day in 2002, to 92 a day in 2014 -- the last year for which data is publicly available, according to the Center for Disease Control.

The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence has stressed the need – as a public safety imperative – for improved responses to these senseless acts of violence and will remain committed to pursuing these improvements and calling attention to their need as we are doing today.

We owe it to the heroes lost and injured today and to all of America’s law enforcement officers to do all we can to make our communities safer and to unite in support of one another, regardless of the color of our skin, how we worship, who we love or the uniform we wear. Dallas Chief of Police David Brown asked for our support and today, we pledge our support to the Dallas and DART Police Departments, to law enforcement nationwide, and to those in our communities who are far too often victimized by gun violence.

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)




Explorer Rebecca N. Long was selected for the 2016 Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) Scholarship Award for Law Enforcement Explorers. Explorer Long is a member of Post 2906 sponsored by the Phoenix (AZ) Police Department. Explorer Long has been a Law Enforcement Explorer for two years and is a 2015 graduate of Sandra Day O’Conner High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society, served as Team Captain for the Track and Field Team as well as Badminton Team, and was involved with other extracurricular activities. She currently attends Grand Canyon University where she maintains a 3.5 GPA and is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Explorer Long serves as the Captain of her Post and was honored as the 2015 Explorer of the Year. Explorer Long is a second degree black belt in Karate and, in addition to her participation in Law Enforcement Exploring and numerous school activities, she volunteers to teach special needs children karate and various types of exercise. She also volunteers with the One Step Beyond Program to teach special needs adults life skills and karate. Explorer Long has attained several other significant achievements and has been the recipient of many other recognitions and awards. Upon completing college, Explorer Long will pursue a career in law enforcement.

HAPCOA, 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. Through HAPCOA, chiefs of police, sheriffs and police superintendents from around the country are committed to meeting the challenges of selecting, promoting and retaining Hispanic American men and women in law enforcement positions within the criminal justice system. HAPCOA members 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.

The HAPCOA Scholarship Award for Law Enforcement Explorers was established to recognize Law Enforcement Explorers of Hispanic ancestry who have shown potential to become future leaders in the law enforcement and criminal justice profession. The award is granted on the basis of grade point average, participation in extracurricular activities, leadership experience, awards/recognitions, letters of recommendations, and an essay on the topic of "Why I want to pursue of a career in the law enforcement or criminal justice profession."

The award recipient receives an engraved award plaque and a monetary honorarium in the amount of $1,000 to be utilized for tuition, books and related expense. Congratulations to Explorer Long on her selection for this prestigious award.

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WASHINGTON – America’s law enforcement community, like our nation as a whole, is shocked and shares in the tremendous grief over the loss of 49 innocent lives and the wounding of 53 others in Orlando, Florida this weekend, making it the worst mass shooting recorded in United States history.

At this difficult time, our thoughts are with those whose lives were forever altered by this event, especially the families and friends of the 49 whose lives were taken, and all those who survived this senseless act. Tragically, they have been left to cope with the grief and devastation that none should have to bear.

This horrific and tragic terrorist attack reminds us that our nation has been deeply traumatized by the cruel and agonizing loss of life before and not nearly enough has been done to protect others from the dangers of firearms in the wrong hands and excessive firepower in our communities.

As we have previously stated, Americans should not have to fear being gunned down in social venues, university and elementary school classrooms, work places, movie theaters and other public places. This nation has no higher priority than the protection of its citizens from the rampant scourge of gun violence that affects all of our communities -- large and small, urban, rural, and suburban. We have, unfortunately, turned our back on this priority for too long.

While we cannot bring back the 49 innocent lives lost in Orlando or the 26 children and educators lost at Sandy Hook, the thousands of other people who have lost their lives to gun violence in places like Chicago and elsewhere, we must do more to save others and prevent such needless suffering. We owe it to those we lost, to their survivors, the law enforcement officers who risk their lives to confront these criminals and return to these scenes to investigate the carnage, and all generations to come to take action. We repeat what we have said before and urge those with differing views to come together to confront this priority – “enough is enough.”

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA)
Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA)
International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)
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)