HAPCOA & GAHLEP participate in “Defile Cubano de Nueva York”

(New York City)  On Sunday, July 14, 2019, HAPCOA and the Global Alliance of Hispanic Law Enforcement Professionals (GAHLEP) participated in the annual New York City Cuba Day Parade.  This year the ‘Padrino” of the parade was Manuel Dela Rosa, Deputy Chief (retired) of the NYPD. Chief Dela Rosa, who served on the NYPD for 38 years, was born in Cuba and came to the USA at 13 years of age.  Chief Dela Rosa has 8 grown children and 7 grandchildren.

Chief Dela Rosa also served as the HAPCOA Aguila Award Luncheon Keynote Speaker at the 45th Annual National Law Enforcement Training Symposium this past May 1st in Baltimore, MD.

GAHLEP President & Founder Johnny Nunez (SGT, NYPD) served as a parade organizer and officially invited HAPCOA National Executive Director Tony Chapa to attend and to serve as an invited guest of honor (“Invitado de Honor 2019”).  

The parade included attendees, dance teams, and musical acts from several Latin American community organizations from Colombia, Mexico, Dominican Republic, El Salvador and several others.

Thanks to GAHLEP the NYPD supported this event with its Honor Guard, Auxiliary Police Officers, Traffic Officers, Mounted Patrol and Police Officers who secured the parade route.

NYPD Chief Dela Rosa and Tony Chapa, HAPCOA

HAPCOA Chapa with troop representing Mexico

NYPD Honor Guard Leads the Cuba Day Parade


BJA - Medal of Valor Call for Nominees is Open

HAPCOA encourages all to consider nominating deserving members of your agencies for the DOJ/BJA Medal of Valor. The open period closes July 31st, 2019.

Please refer to BJA website for details on how to submit your ‘electronic nominations’ via the established online portal.

HAPCOA supports the BJA Medal of Valor program and has participated in the past serving as evaluators of submitted nominations.  

Find more information at their website: https://www.bja.gov/programs/medalofvalor/


Trinity University Awarded IACLEA Accreditation

(Vancouver)  The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) held’s its 61st Annual Conference & Exposition, June 25-28, 2019, in Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada.

IACLEA represents campus public safety leaders at more that 1,000 institutions of higher education and offers IACLEA Accreditation to college and university law enforcement, security, and public safety departments. IACLEA Accreditation constitutes recognition that a department conforms to the highest professional standards for campus law enforcement and protective services.  Nearly 80 IACLEA member institutions have been accredited internationally.

This year, Paul Chapa, Chief of Police and Lt .John Rowse, representing Trinity University Police Department officially received the IACLEA Accreditation.

Trinity University, founded in 1869, is a private liberal arts university in San Antonio, TX.  The Trinity University Police Department is well recognized for its professionalism thanks in no small part to its Chief of Police Paul Chapa.  In 2014 the Police Department was also recognized and awarded by IACLEA for “Innovation in Community Oriented Policing” and the Department was formally recognized by the Texas Police Chiefs Association.

Chief Chapa also severed as the National President of the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA).  HAPCOA offers is congratulations to Chief Chapa and to the men and women of the Trinity University Police Department.


3rd Annual Alpha 5195 Fishing Tournament

(South Padre Island, TX)  ICE Special Agent Jaime Jorge Zapata was honored by HAPCOA with the presentation of its Gold Medal of Valor Medal (posthumously) at its 45th Annual National Law Enforcement Training Symposium, May 1st, 2019 in Baltimore, MD.  The presentation was made to his proud parents Mr. & Mrs. Zapata from Brownsville, TX.

Vice President Mike Pence attended the HAPCOA National Training Symposium Aguila Award Luncheon and visited privately with the Zapata family. 

This year on September 13 &14, 2019, in South Padre Island, TX, will be held the 3rdAnnual Fishing Tournament in honor of Special Agent Zapata.  His Homeland Security Investigations call sign was Alpha 5195.

Please visit the Fishing Tournament website for registration, information and details:  https://alpha5195.com/

The Alpha 5195 Fishing Tournament is supported by the Zapata Family Foundation which is a 501© 3 Foundation.  Your donations and support is greatly appreciated.


The HAPCOA Medal of Valor


Nominate a Public Safety Officer for the Medal of Valor

Federal, state, local, and tribal public safety officers perform courageous acts in communities across our country every day. To recognize these brave individuals, the President of the United States or his designee annually presents recipients with the nation’s highest award for public safety—the Medal of Valor.

Law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel are all eligible. Learn more about the award and past recipients on the Medal of Valor website. Use this year’s nomination guidelines to help write your nominations for this year’s award.

Thank you for taking time to honor these public safety officers and the valiant actions they perform to keep our country and citizens safe. Follow BJA on Facebook and Twitter for additional updates on the Medal of Valor and other initiatives supported by BJA.

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HAPCOA Award Winner recently named Director of NCIS

(Washington, DC)  The Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer recently named Omar Lopez Director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).  This makes Director Lopez the first Hispanic to serve as Director of this Federal Investigative Agency. 

Director Lopez was the winner of the HAPCOA Silver Medal of Meritorious Service awarded by the President of HAPCOA, Rich Rosa, May 1st, 2019 in Baltimore, MD. 

HAPCOA Salutes Director Lopez and we wish clear skies and smooth sailing. 

Here is the official US Navy/NCIS posting: 


1.  The Director is pleased to announce the senior leadership appointment of Executive Assistant Director (EAD) Omar Lopez to the position of NCIS Director, effective June 4, 2019. 

2.  Special Agent Lopez was selected following a highly competitive process involving the executive resources board initiated by Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer and Undersecretary of the Navy Thomas Modly. 

3.  Special Agent Lopez served most recently as EAD for the National Security Directorate (NSD).  He exercised oversight over global counterterrorism and counterintelligence investigations and operations, including espionage, terrorism, compromise, technology transfer, virtual/cyber operations, threats to research development and acquisition programs, force protection, and Insider Threat programs.  He previously served as the Assistant Director and Deputy Assistant Director for NSD, where he spearheaded a unique NCIS-led critical technology protection task force.  This task force tackled complex cyber exfiltration to mitigate adversaries' compromise of critical information belonging to the Department of the Navy (DON), affiliated companies, laboratories, and applied research centers.  The task force developed business practices and processes to enhance lethality and sharpen competitive advantage; and serves as a unique DON capability, aligning NCIS better with the National Defense Strategy and the DON Business Operations Plan.  During this period, he also served as the first DON Counterintelligence Coordinating Authority and effectively fostered consensus among Navy and Marine Corps leadership. 

4.  Special Agent Lopez has held Headquarters and Field Office leadership positions, both CONUS and OCONUS, across diverse mission areas.  Early in his NCIS career, Special Agent Lopez worked extensively on several major undercover narcotic operations.  He was later assigned as the lead investigator in a high profile FBI/NCIS espionage case, which resulted in the successful prosecution of key Chinese 
espionage operatives.  He then completed specialized advanced training and operational assignments in the field, where he developed innovative NCIS operational practices, used both domestically and overseas.  Special Agent Lopez led additional efforts to transform traditional activities to better support NCIS mission priorities and DON strategic decision makers. 

5. Prior to joining NCIS, he practiced law in Washington, D.C. with a firm that specialized in risk management, commercial litigation and energy regulation.  He served formerly on active duty after receiving his commission from the Navy as a Judge Advocate in 1995.  He served in assignments with the Military Court of Appeals, Staff Judge Advocate for senior Navy staffs, Trial Counsel, and the Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in California.  While in the Navy Reserve, he served as the Deputy 
Force Judge Advocate for the Naval Special Warfare Command.  He earned a JurisDoctorate degree from Loyola Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with honors from California State University (Pomona). 

6.  Special Agent Lopez's superior leadership and years of dedicated service with NCIS will ensure continued high quality support to the Department of the Navy. 


HAPCOA Attends 44th Annual Heroes Luncheon in San Antonio

HAPCOA National Board and San Antonio Chapter members attended the 44th Annual Heroes Luncheon sponsored by the 100 Club of San Antonio on Tuesday, May21st. 

Attending and representing HAPCOA were National President Teresa Ramon, 4th Vice President Steve Reyna, National Secretary Mary Ruiz, Director at Large Don Tijerina and numerous San Antonio Chapter members. Also, an additional table was purchased by the San Antonio Chapter to provide seats for family members of fallen First Responders and staff of the 100 Club. 

Since 1973, when San Antonio First Responders were sent into harm’s way and when they paid the ultimate sacrifice, the 100 Club of San Antonio has been there. The 100 Club of San Antonio serves the families of fallen Local, State & Federal Law Enforcement & Firefighters in Bexar County. Funds are available to the family for immediate needs, placing a strong emphasis on higher education funding for surviving dependent children. 



HAPCOA helps sponsor two families from Puerto Rico to visit National Police Week

(Washington DC)  The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) along with the Spanish American Law Enforcement Association (SALEA of Philadelphia) and the Hispanic Officers Law Enforcement Association (HOLEA of Baltimore) helped provide donations to sponsor the visit of two Puerto Rican familiesduring Police Week 2019.  This endeavor was spearheaded by Baltimore City Hispanic Police Officers from HOLEA who accompanied the families of fallen officers, Andres Laza-Caraballo and Joel Alexis Pantojas Fuentes whose lives were lost in protectingand serving the citizens of Puerto Rico.


Special Agent in Charge of the Vice Presidential Protective Division Awarded Aguila Statue Award.

WASHINGTON There was a time when Hector Hernandez questioned his future in law enforcement.

“April 19th, 1995, the day of the Oklahoma City Bombing, was the worst it ever was,” Hernandez said. “I was one of the first Secret Service Agents on the scene. I knew the people in that rubble. I wasn’t sure I could keep doing this job after that but something about the people here made me decide that I had to stay and do right by them. That’s all I’m trying to do.”

Thanks to the mentoring and friendship Hernandez received from the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) and the Secret Service, he pressed forward. Now, he is the Special Agent in Charge of the Vice Presidential Protective Division and is receiving HAPCOA’s most prestigious award.

On May 1, Hernandez received HAPCOA’s Aguila Statue Award. The award “is the highest form of recognition given 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 principles of HAPCOA was founded to promote,” according to the organization.

Hernandez has been a proud member of the HAPCOA community for years and considers the organization to have been an integral part of his development in law enforcement. The organization was established in 1973 and is the oldest and largest association of Hispanic American law enforcement command members in the United States.

“Some of the best mentors throughout my career have been Hispanic Americans within the law enforcement community,” said Hernandez. “They understand where I’ve come from and they have helped me get to where I am now.”

When Hernandez was a young agent and sought the mentorship of HAPCOA members, he never dreamed he would one day be receiving the organization’s highest award or that he would be leading the Vice Presidential Protective Division.

“I have only earned a piece of this award,” Hernandez said. “The rest of it is for the men and women that saw something in me and encouraged me to keep going no matter what.”


HAPCOA Attends 2019 National Police Week Activities

(Washington, DC)  The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) was invited to attend a number of special events celebrating National Police Week in our Nation’s Capitol.  

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation that designated May 15thPeace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.  Each year since tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events, receptions and meetings with honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

This year the Director of the FBI held a (by invitation only) reception for law enforcement executives and leaders of law enforcement association to attend its first Law Enforcement reception at FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC.  This event included a tour of the FBI Experience Museum and comments by FBI Director Christopher A. Wray. Representing HAPCOA at this reception included Rich Rosa, Immediate Past National President, Chief Paul Chapa, Past National President, and Tony Chapa, Executive Director.

FBI Director Wray addresses the Police Week Reception.

HAPCOA representatives also meet with attending members of the IACP, National Latino Peace Officers Association, NOBLE, HOLA, NLLEO and others.

Tony Chapa, Chief Paul Cell, IACP National President, Chief Paul Chapa and Rich Rosa, Immediate Past President, HAPCOA at FBI HQ reception.

Tony Chapa, Rich Rosa and Chief Vera Bumpers, National President of NOBLE and Dwayne Crawford, Executive Director, NOBLE.

Paul Chapa, Roy Garivey, NLPOA National Board, Rich Rosa and Tony Chapa

Tony Chapa, Phil Keith, Director of the DOJ/COPS Program, and Rich Rosa.


HAPCOA representatives attended the 31st Annual Candlelight Vigil, which was held on Monday, May 13, 2019 on the National Mall.  The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial sponsored the event.

Chief Paul Chapa, Trinity University Police Department, San Antonio, TX visits the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial wall and creates a rubbing of the inscribed name of his fallen officer.

Chief Paul Chapa and Tony Chapa visit the NLEMO wall on behalf of HAPCOA.