Members of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence (the Partnership) send our deepest condolences to those who lost their loved ones and our hearts go out to all those injured and traumatized by the despicable shooting rampage yesterday at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. 

While we do not yet know all the details about the shooter or how he acquired firearms, we do know that more can and must be done to keep guns out of the hands of those intent on harming others. 

We cannot accept the suggestion that nothing can or will be done to prevent mass shootings and the carnage occurring every day all across America.  We do not accept the argument that discussion about solutions at this time is inappropriate.  As law enforcement professionals, we will never accept the proposition that because we cannot prevent every shooting, that we should do nothing to prevent those we can.  Now is the time for discussion and now is the time for action.  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) 

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)


Yvonne Vann

HAPCOA Family:

I am reaching out to you today to ask you to keep Yvonne Vann and her loved ones in your prayers. Yvonne has waited over four years for the trial of the alleged killer of her husband, Kenneth Vann, to begin and for justice to be served. Today that trial started marking the beginning of a several week, grueling period for Yvonne and her family. I know many of you would like to be with Yvonne in the courtroom but are not able, but please be with her in spirit and keep her and her family in your thoughts.

In the early morning hours of May 28, 2011, Sgt. Kenneth Vann was ambushed and murdered as he sat in his marked patrol car, stopped at a traffic light. Kenneth’s murder was a precursor to the now ever increasing acts of random violence directed toward those who protect and serve, he was murdered because of what he represented, he was a Law Enforcement Officer. 

My sincere appreciation goes out to each one of you who put on a uniform and put your own safety at risk to serve others and protect the greatest nation in the world, be safe. 


Don Tijerina



HAPCOA U.S. Embassy Chapter Swears in 10 new members

The HAPCOA US Embassy Chapter held its regular meeting this past Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 at the Executive Salon of the Panamanian National Police, located within its Headquarters in Panama City, Panama.

This meeting was attended by 15 active members and 10 new members.  The new members included Director Luis A. Zegarro of Direccion Institucional en Asuntos de Seguridad Publica (Panama’s version of ATF), Mario Chan the Deputy Director of the Panamanian Civil Defense/Sistema Nacional de Proteccion Civil (much like FEMA), the Assistant Director of Immigration and several other senior members of the law enforcement community.  HAPCOA Chapter President Eric Moncayo, CBP Attaché, US Embassy Panama, held a ceremony where the newly recruited members were sworn-in and presented with their HAPCOA pins.  A reception sponsored by the National Police was held following the swearing-in event. 

In addition, HAPCOA Executive Director Anthony Chapa was recognized via proclamation by Director General Omar Pinzon, of the Panamanian National Police for his efforts at bringing HAPCOA to Panama and for establishing a chapter that has provided support to all law enforcement in this country.  The Panamanian National Police “Medalla al Servicio Distinguido” (Distinguished Service Medal) was presented to Executive Director Chapa by HAPCOA member Comisionado Javier Castillo, Deputy Director of the Panamanian National Police. 

Please visit the Panamanian Police twitter site for photos: https://mobile.twitter.com/protegeryservir/status/639126842952294406

Merecido homenaje a Anthony Chapa en reunión de HAPCOA, un privilegio contar con sus aportes en Seguridad Nacional. 



As you all are aware, the 2015 HAPCOA Annual National Training Symposium and Exhibit Fair is fast approaching. This year's event addresses a theme which is highlighted in the news every day and is of paramount concern to law enforcement at every level and jurisdiction.  Our training classes this year will be centered around "Hispanic Policing in the 21st Century:  Communication, Trust and Inclusion.  The beautiful and culturally based city of San Antonio will once again host this year's event from 16-19 Nov 2015 at the Sheraton Gunter, our host hotel for this year's event.  Attendee and exhibitor registration along with hotel information can be found here on our website

One of the highlights of each year's conference is the awarding of the Aguila Awards. The deadline for nominations this year is September 15, 2015. All nominations are to be submitted on line - visit our website for the Aguila Award Form.  The noted awards will be presented during the HAPCOA Awards Luncheon held as part of our 42nd Annual National Training Symposium, on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Click here for the Aguila Fact Sheet or here to make a submission


U.S. Dept. of Justice (DoJ) and the Federal Interagency - Law Enforcement Equipment Working Group Briefing

Manny Ovalle, Director at Large, represented HAPCOA on July 8, 2015 to discuss recommendations pursuant to Pres. Obama’s Executive Order 13688:  Federal Support for Local Law Enforcement Equipment Acquisition.

The Working Group, on an ongoing basis, will evaluate all suggestions and/or recommendations relating to the President’s Executive Order.


1.   Possible Recall of Prohibitive Equipment

  • Tabled until next meeting.

2.   Breadth of Controlled Equipment List

  • Working Group agreed that the list of the controlled equipment lists must be expanded.

3.   General Policing and Specific Controlled Equipment Standards Guidance

  • Tabled until next meeting.

4.   Training Requirements

  • It was suggested that LEAs train on their own policies.

5.   Significant Incident Reports for Non-Federally Acquired Controlled Equipment

  • There were some philosophical differences among the members  of the Working Group (i.e., a few LEAs wanted to keep their incident reports in-house; the federal providers wanted to know how and why the non-federally controlled equipment was used).

6.   Local Civilian Government Review

  • Offered as a means for LEAs to communicate with their communities.  Police civilian academies is one example of government review and education.


  • The Working Group will conduct annual reviews.
  • Federal government agencies not included in Executive Order 13688 have adopted policies that are similar to the LE Working Group.
  •  LE officers at the street level want to be heard.
  • Citizens need protection and education on understanding the use of LEA controlled equipment in their communities.

HAPCOA Invited to White House for Community Policing Forum

On Thursday, July 23, the White House and the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), hosted a Community Policing Forum to discuss and share best practices on the implementation of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing recommendations. Throughout the forum, Administration officials, 21st Century Policing Task Force members, law enforcement, faith and community leaders and local elected officials discussed and shared strategies for implementing the recommendations and developing ideas that communities across the country can utilize to establish public safety while building trust.  

Approximately100 individuals were invited to attend this day-long event.  Presenters included: Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President, Ronald Davis, Director of Community Oriented Policing Services, and Charles Ramsey, Commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department.  Invitees were presented with reports regarding Task Force recommendations and also attended breakout sessions regarding the building of trust and legitimacy and also Task Force Pillar discussions.

Representing HAPCOA was Executive Director, Anthony Chapa.  Other Law Enforcement Associations & organizations represented included:  IACP, Major City Chiefs, Major City Sheriffs, NOBLE, PERF, Police Foundation and NLPOA. 

The Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch provided closing remarks.

Resources in support of the Presidents Task Force on 21st Century Policing:

  • COPS Task Force home page: http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2761
  • Final Task Force report: http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/pdf/taskforce/TaskForce_FinalReport.pdf
  • Information on the Police Data Initiative: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/05/18/launching-police-data-initiative

HAPCOA US Embassy Panama Chapter Presents an Internal Affairs Seminar

Members of the HAPCOA US Embassy Panama Chapter organized and presented a seminar on the topic of Internal Affairs to the various law enforcement/police agencies in Panama.  This special event was hosted by Director Eric Estrada, Servicio de Proteccion Institucional (SPI) and presented on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 in the Amphitheater located within the Presidential Palace in Panama City, Panama.

HAPCOA members presented a daylong course before invited Internal Affairs units.  HAPCOA presenters included:  Anthony Chapa, Executive Director; Eric Moncayo, President HAPCOA Chapter, David Wattley, Chapter Treasurer, Estaban Blis, Chapter Sgt at Arms also members from the Panamanian National Police: Commissioner ® Landau and Major Rolando Villarreal.  Also presenting from the US Embassy included Andre Zavala, Legal Attaché, FBI and Bill Furay, Country Attaché, DEA.  Approximately 20 individuals were in attendance.

All who attended were honored by the SPI with agency pins and with HAPCOA seminar certificates.

Details and photos regarding this first ever liaison event in Panama can be found on the SPI website:



U.S. Dept. of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Interagency Law Enforcement Equipment Working Group Briefing

Manny Ovalle, Director at Large, represented HAPCOA on May 20, 2015 to discuss recommendations pursuant to Pres. Obama’s Executive Order 13688: Federal Support for Local Law Enforcement Equipment Acquisition.

The Working Group, on an ongoing basis, will evaluate all suggestions and/or recommendations relating to the President’s Executive Order.


1. Equipment Lists for prohibitive and controlled equipment

  • Prohibited equipment list identifies categories of equipment (i.e., firearms of .50-Caliber or higher) that should not be authorized for LEAs to acquire via transfer from federal agencies or purchase using federally funded funds.
  • Controlled equipment list identifies categories of equipment (i.e., armored and tactical wheeled vehicles) that LEAs may acquire by taking additional steps using an application process.

2.   Police Training and Protocols for Controlled Equipment

  • LEAs that acquire controlled equipment through Federal programs must adopt specific written policies and protocols governing General Policing Standards and Specific Controlled Standards.
  • LEAs that acquire controlled equipment through Federal programs must ensure that its personnel are properly trained and that training meets set requirements.
  • LEAs must collect and retain “Required Information” when law enforcement activity involves a “Significant Incident.”
  • When unlawful or inappropriate police actions are alleged and trigger a federal compliance review, the LEA must produce a report.

3.   Acquisition Process for Controlled Equipment

  • LEAs must submit required information for controlled equipment requests and must indicate whether it is being acquired for regional or multijurisdictional capability.

4.   Transfer, Sale, Return, and Disposal of Controlled Equipment

  • LEAs may transfer or sell controlled equipment (except riot shields and helmets) to another LEA.
  • LEAs may transfer or sell controlled equipment to a non-LEA with approval from the federal agency that originally approved.
  • LEAs must return and/or dispose of controlled equipment through DOD’s 1033 program.

5.   Oversight, Compliance, and Implementation

  • Members of the Working Group will meet on a regular basis to support oversight and policy development functions for controlled equipment programs.
  • Programmatic and statutory violations will result in LEA being suspended from acquiring additional controlled equipment through federal programs for a minimum of 60 days.