HAPCOA News

 

Oct
9

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

 
 
Oct
9

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

 
 
Oct
6

Vice Minister of Public Security Joins HAPCOA Panama Chapter

(Panama) The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) Panama Chapter swore-in as its latest member the Honorable Johnattan Del Rosario, Vice Minister, Ministerio de Seguridad Publica, Republica de Panama. Chapter President Julio Burgos, Attaché, US Embassy Panama, provided a welcoming address to all in attendance at the Panamanian National Police ‘Salon de Conferencia’. Also presenting a briefing at this Chapter meeting was Captain Mario Chan, Panama National Police, who presented a review of the National Police K-9 program. HAPCOA Executive Director Anthony Chapa proved an update on the accomplishments and projects addressed by HAPCOA and its Chapters.

The HAPCOA Panama Chapter invited Minister Del Rosario to attend its Chapter meeting and to present his vision for Public Safety in Panama. Minister Del Rosario applauded HAPCOA’s efforts to establish the event in San Antonio that resulted in MOU’s signed between international police agencies. He also announced his interest in expanding, with help from HAPCOA, this outreach to other locations within the United States.

HAPCOA Panama Chapter October Meeting

HAPCOA Panama Sgt-at-arms Estaban Blis

HAPCOA Executive Director Chapa Addresses the Panama Chapter

Vice Minister Del Rosario receives his HAPCOA Lapel Pin from Executive Director Chapa

 
 
Oct
6

HAPCOA Participates in Food Drive in Hyattsville, MD

(Hyattsville, MD) On Thursday October 5, 2017 from 6am until 6pm, HAPCOA members participated in a successful food drive in support of the natural disasters that transpired in Puerto Rico and Mexico.  This initiative by HNLEA members (Hispanic National Law Enforcement Association) was held in Hyattsville, Maryland located in Prince Georges County and in Alexandria, VA.  The food drive was held in front of the Mega Mart food stores – a long time sponsor and major contributor to community outreach endeavors.  The radio station 107.9 El Zol was present and broadcasted live from the Hyattsville, MD location.  A group of Salvadorian Police Officers attending training at the PG County Police Academy provided outstanding entertainment in the form of live music.  They played music from the Beatles, Columbian and Mexican cumbias.

Today’s excellent example of giving demonstrates that community police relationships work because of the liaison established in both the commercial and the residential neighborhoods over a period of time.  Several local area news reporters interviewed Luis E. Borunda (Deputy Secretary of State for Maryland), PG County Police Command Staff (Assistant Chief Hector Velez and Captain Joe Perez – HAPCOA NCR President), Richard Rosa (HAPCOA – 1st VP National Board), Luis Rodriguez (Executive Director – Hispanic National Law Enforcement Association in Baltimore, MD), Alex Zunca (Executive Director in Washington, DC for the Association for Police Attaches in Latin America), police officers from various agencies, volunteers and donors.  As a result of local media communicating the food drive locations in Hyattsville, MD and Alexandria, VA the positive response from the community yielded a collection of 39 pallets of food, supplies and clothing, plus 30,000 pounds of food from Virginia. 

 
 
Sep
18

HAPCOA Invited to Attend the 2017 NNOAC Drug Enforcement Form

(Washington, DC)  HAPCOA was invited to participate in the National Narcotic Officers Associations’ Coalition (NNOCA) 2017 Drug Enforcement Forum this past September 12-13, 2017 in Washington, DC at the Ariel Rios Federal Building – ATF National Headquarters.

The mission of NNOAC is to bring leaders within the law enforcement community together to discuss the challenges we all face surrounding drug policy and related issues.  Those challenges include:  exploring emerging drug and crime trends as well as indentifying strategies to counter these trends; increasing collaboration between federal, state, and local partners; assessing legislation aimed at criminal justice reform, sentencing policy and asset forfeiture, along with other issues that impact effective enforcement at our nation’s drug laws.  The objective of the forum was to host a vibrant discussion on these important topics to ascertain where stakeholders stand, to develop consensus where it can be achieved, and to craft a common message that will help to advance common policy goals.

Invitees consisted of representatives from federal, state, and local law enforcement associations and agencies; local, state and federal prosecutors, and some organizations with an interest in drug policy. 

Featured speakers at this years event included Acting Director Tom Brandon, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg, Drug Enforcement Administration; and Attorney General Jeff Sessions who provided the Keynote Address.

Representing HAPCOA was Manny Ovalle, National Board Sgt at Arms and Captain Joe Perez (Prince Georges County Police Department), HAPCOA National Capitol Region Chapter – President.

 
 
Sep
14

HAPCOA San Antonio Chapter Supports Port Aransas PD After Hurricane Harvey

God provides us time; it’s how we choose to manage our time.

As soon as Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25, 2017 in Port Aransas, Texas we knew
immediately that San Antonio HAPCOA and other organizations needed to step in and assist the Gulf
Coast. We made phone calls right away and communicated with Chief Burroughs, Sherri West (Chief of
Communications) and Corporal Amy Jamison of Port Aransas, Texas Police Department.

Volunteers from Judson ISD Police, VFW Post 4676 located in Universal City, VFW Post 12041 located in
Lytle, Texas, Friends for Fisher House and Nardis teamed up on August 31, 2017. These organizations
filled a 16 foot trailer with cleaning products, personal hygiene items and law enforcement supplies
between 6pm-9pm.

On September 2, 2017 we departed San Antonio, Texas and arrived into their city and it was
unrecognizable. Sorrow filled our hearts as we saw the devastation that Hurricane Harvey brought to
the Islanders that lost everything (their homes, vehicle, businesses, etc…) including the Port Aransas
Police Department who were displaced due to serge that flooded their headquarters and equipment
(2 fire trucks and I believe 2 units including communications equipment and MDT’s) Several law
enforcement officers were seen at the Command Center and throughout the entire Island working over
12-16 hour shifts.

We never knew that any law enforcement agency would be so happy to see a few boxes of new socks,
dry-fit under shirts, new tactical pants, cell phone battery charges, heavy duty gloves, eye protectors,
breathing mask and balls caps. Thanks to HAPCOA San Antonio for a $500 donation, VFW Post 4676 for
a $2000 donation and Nardis for uniforms. We as a team made this happen.

We departed the Police Department that morning and made our way to serve our Veterans, their
families and the community of Port Aransas, Texas. We went down there to be a blessing to this
community and help them get back on their feet. At that time we realized this will take longer than just
one trip. Our goal is to continue to support their effort to rebuild by going there once or twice a month
to assist in any way we can.

I attached some pictures that were taken that weekend and would like to share with our HAPCOA
professional organization.  It was a total team effort and we will continue to rebuild homes and
businesses in Port Aransas, Texas and the Gulf area because we are “Texas Strong!”

 
 
Aug
10

HAPCOA Joins IACP “One Mind Campaign”

(Washington, DC)  HAPCOA National Board members, 1st Vice President Rich Rosa and Executive Director Tony Chapa, visited with senior members of the International Association of Chief of Police (IACP) at their headquarters in Alexandria, VA.  They were briefed on the “One Mind Campaign” and agreed to support this effort as a “Partnering Association” along with NOBLE and the Major City Chief Association.  The Campaign will work to improve police response to persons affected by mental illness.

Please visit the IACP website for additional details and information on how your department can join the campaign and for additonal information on current training sessions offered on the topic: 

http://www.theiacp.org/onemindcampaign?utm_source=Informz&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Informz+Email

 

IACP “One Mind Campaign “ Partnering Associations

National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
Major Cities Chiefs Association
Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association

 
 
Aug
4

HAPCOA Presents Aguila Azul Award in Baton Rouge

(Baton Rouge)  One-year after an unprovoked attack on members of the Baton Rouge Police Department and the East Baton Rouge Sheriffs Office, HAPCOA presented its Aguila Azul National Recognition Award to the men and women of these departments.  This award was presented in recognition of the entire departments internal strength and dedication to the community that they serve.  HAPCOA commended the agencies for their professionalism and untiring service while challenged by an unprovoked assault on its officers which resulted in the death of its officers.

HAPCOA National Treasurer Clarence "CJ" Jorf, representing HAPCOA's membership, traveled to Baton Rouge and presented the HAPCOA awards at a special ceremony held at the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office.  Receiving the HAPCOA Aguila Azul awards were East Baton Rouge Sheriff Gautreaux and Sgt Coppola of the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Last July HAPCOA awarded it Aguila Azul Awards to the men and women of the Dallas Police Department and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department who also suffered the lost of its officers also during an unprovoked assault.

 
 
Aug
3

HAPCOA Attends NOBLE Annual Training Conference

(Atlanta)  The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) held its 41st Annual Training Conference and Exhibition this past July 29 – August 2, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta, GA.  Officially representing HAPCOA and recognized at this year’s event was HAPCOA Atlanta Chapter President Yessyka Santana, Special Agent in Charge, US Department of Education (OIG), Investigation Services, Atlanta, GA.

SAC Santana met with NOBLE National President Perry Tarrant, who serves as Seattle Police Department Assistant Chief of Police.  HAPCOA and NOBLE pledged to continue supporting of each other’s national mission and objectives.  NOBLE presently serves 3,000 members worldwide.

The HAPCOA Atlanta Chapter, with support from the Brookhaven Police Department, recently hosted its first Law Enforcement Networking event (go to their Twitter page:  @atlantahapcoa for details and great photos).

HAPCOA Atlanta Chapter President Yessyka Santana and NOBLE National President Perry Tarrant

 
 
Jul
25

HAPCOA and Trinity University Co-Sponsor Historic MOU Signing Event with Panama’s Vice Minister of Public Security

(San Antonio)  The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) in partnership with the Trinity University Police Department in San Antonio co-sponsored the first ever signing of ceremonial Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) supporting the creation of an international alliance in support of each others law enforcement mission.

Welcoming and opening of the MOU signing event was Chief Paul Chapa (HAPCOA Board Member and former National President), also welcoming all to the event was Trinity University President Dr. Danny J. Anderson.

Addressing the issues of international law enforcement and the need for the creation of stronger alliances with Police Agencies was the Honorable, Jonattan Del Rosario, Vice Minister of Public Security, Republic of Panama.

Among the VIPs attending the event included Panamanian Ambassador Juan Sosa, Consul General, Houston, TX; US Ambassador Oliver P. Garza; Major General Freddy Valenzuela, US Army (retired); Chief Deputy Don Tijerina, Bexar County Sheriffs Office; Assistant Chief Anthony Trevino, San Antonio Police Department; Assistant Chief Pete Perez, Trinity University Police Department and Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz, Bexar County Sheriffs Office (retired).

Representing the Panamanian National Police included:  Commissioner Ovidio Fuentes Concepcion, Director, Office of Institutional Directorate on Public Security; Commissioner Alonzo Vega Pino, Deputy Director, Panamanian National Police; and Commissioner Julio Lasso, Inspector General, Panamanian National Police.

The Master of Ceremony for the occasion was HAPCOA Executive Director Anthony Chapa.  The MOU signing event was held in the Fiesta Room at Trinity University and was attended by over 40 individuals. 

Three Memorandums of Understanding were signed with Vice Minister Del Rosario.  The signatories of the MOU’s included:  Sheriff Javier Salazar, as National Vice President of HAPCOA; Chief William McManus, on behalf of the San Antonio Police Department; and Chief Paul Chapa, on behalf of the Trinity University Police Department and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

Invitations were made by the Panamanian Government to HAPCOA and attending agencies to visit Panama for a full tour of its law enforcement operations.

Many thanks to both the HAPCOA Panama Chapter and the HAPCOA San Antonio Chapter for collaborating on this historic international law enforcement MOU signing event.


Chief Paul Chapa welcomes Panamanian Vice Minister Jonattan Del Rosario to Trinity University


Sheriff Salazar signs HAPCOA MOU with Panamanian Vice Minister


SAPD Chief McManus signs MOU with Panamanian Vice Minister


Chief Chapa exchanges MOU with Panamanian Vice Minister


HAPCOA co-sponsors Law Enforcement MOU signing event


Commissioner Vega, US Ambassador Garza, Vice Minister Del Rosario, Panamanian Ambassador Sosa, Commissioner Fuentes and Commissioner Lasso attend MOU event


HAPCOA Executive Director Chapa serves as Master of Ceremony