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: 



IACP “One Mind Campaign “ Partnering Associations

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


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.


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


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


HAPCOA Member Selected as new Chief of Police in Fayetteville

Congratulations to HAPCOA Atlanta Chapter, 2nd VP, Gina Hawkins who was selected to serve as the new Chief of Police of the Fayetteville, NC Police Department. 

Gina previously served as the Chief Deputy in Clayton County, GA .

Here is the link to the great news:  http://abc11.com/news/fayetteville-names-gina-hawkins-as-new-police-chief/2155455/


HAPCOA Supports First Police Attachés World Congress

(Washington, DC)  The Association of Police Attachés of Latin America (APALA) and the International Law Enforcement Attaches Organization (ILEA), with the support of the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA), held its First Police Attachés World Congress in Washington, DC at the Mexican Cultural Institute, on Thursday, May 25, 2017.

Those providing opening remarks included Ambassador Geronimo Gutierrez Fernandez of the Embassy of Mexico, Commissioner General Manelich Castilla Craviotto of the Mexican Federal Police (Mexico City), Commissioner Nicolas Gonzalez (President of APALA), Mexican Federal Police Attaché and Pierre-Edouard Colliex (President of ILEA), Europol Attaché. Over 40 police liaison officers and Attaches attended this event representing Latin America and Embassy’s in Washington, DC from around the world.  Also attending were members of several US law enforcement agencies to include the DC Metropolitan Police Department, the Prince Georges County Police Department, the Maryland Department of State, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and many others.  Also attending were members of HAPCOA and the National Latino Law Enforcement Association (NLPOA).

The program included three outstanding law enforcement briefings regarding post investigation reviews on significant and high profile international cases.  Presenting case reviews included members of the FBI Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties unit and its Art Theft Program of its Criminal Investigations Division who discussed several major art theft cases.  EUROPOL presented a review of ‘Operation Cedar’ which was an international money laundering case involving 6 countries which ended as a terrorist financing case.  Commissioner Perrin, of the Mexican Federal Police, made the final presentation wherein he reviewed operational details regarding the chase and capture of the notorious “Chapo” Guzman.

HAPCOA Executive Director Anthony Chapa was recognized and presented with an event certificate of appreciation for his help and support in organizing this year’s First Police Attachés World Congress.  The HAPCOA National Capitol Region Chapter raised funds in support of this event.

Following the presentations a reception was held within the Mexican Cultural Institute, which provided an opportunity for attendees to liaison and make additional contacts.

Opening Ceremony: First Police Attachés World Congress, Washington, DC

Mexican Federal Police Commissioner Nicolas Perrin, Commissioner General Manelich Castilla Craviotto and HAPCOA Executive Director A. Chapa

ALALA members from El Salvador, Panama and Ecuador exchange stories

HAPCOA Executive Director Chapa and Dr.John McLaughlin representing NLPOA


HAPCOA Represented at 2017 National Police Week, Legacy of Honor Gala and Candlelight Vigil

HAPCOA 1st VP Richard Rosa and HAPCOA NCR Chapter President Joe Perez

On Friday, May 12, 2017, HAPCOA NCR President Joe Perez and I represented HAPCOA at the annual Legacy of Honor Gala held in the Ronald Reagan building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.

This year’s Master of Ceremony was Greta Van Susteren, a big advocate of law enforcement.  The President and CEO of the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) Craig Floyd was present, former US Attorney General John Ashcroft, currently serving as the Chairman of the Memorial Fund and FLEOA President Jon Adler serving as the Memorial Fund Vice Chair to name a few.

The focus of this event is to recognize individuals, corporation and organizations that tell the American Law Enforcement story as well as help to raise funds for the NLEOMF.  On such group recognized for its continued support is the Police Unity Tour.  Founded in New Jersey, the Police Unity Tour help to raise awareness of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices.  At this year’s gala it was announced the Police Unity Tour has raised nearly 23 million dollars to date for the NLEOMF.  The Motorola Corporation has also donated 18 million dollars towards the construction of the museum.  The museum is set to open in the fall of 2018.  Also in attendance was National President Cindy Rodriguez of the National Latino Peace Officers Association.

On Saturday, May 13, 2017, the Candlelight Vigil was held.  Despite the cool weather and overcast skies this event is probably one of the most somber as the nation pauses to recognize its fallen heroes who died to protect the lives of American public.  Law Enforcement agencies from across the United States, its territories and from around the world were in attendance.

Present at the Candle Light Vigil DHS Secretary John Kelly.  He spoke, “Our fallen are not forgotten and will not be forgotten.  We set this night to honor and remember.”  He mentioned how Law Enforcement Officers, “Put the welfare of others before your own.  As LEOS you run toward the danger and not away from it.  The US Attorney General John Ashcroft stated, “We mourn today.  Each of these officers is more than just a name etched in stone.  We celebrate these heroes…for what they did and what they stood for.  We have your back and you have ours, thanks.”  

One hundred and forty-three officers were either assassinated or killed in the line of duty in 2016.  One is too much.  What we have today is disrespect for law enforcement and abandonment for the rule of law.  Let us not have a repeat in the years to come.

Submitted by:
Richard Rosa
National Board


HAPCOA Participates in Law Enforcement Roundtable; House Committee on Homeland Security

(Washington, DC)  The Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications and Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence held a joint roundtable with representatives of law enforcement on Thursday, May 18th at the Longworth House Office Building in Washington, DC.  The purpose of the meeting was to present to members of the committee a law enforcement perspective of the Department of Homeland Security’s outreach to State and local law enforcement.  The findings of this roundtable would be used to inform a future joint hearing the Subcommittees plan to hold with representatives from DHS.

Members of Congress present during the roundtable included: Representing the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications: Ranking Member Donald M. Payne (NJ-10); Member John Rutherford (FL-4).  Representing the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence:  Ranking Member Kathleen M. Rice (NY-4); Will Hurd (TX-23) and Shelia Jackson Lee (TX-18).

Invited members of the law enforcement community and also representing law enforcement associations included: Chuck Dewitt, Major City Chiefs Association; Assistant Chief Perry Tarrant, NOBLE; Sheriff Paul Laney, Cass County, ND; Jonathan Thompson, National Sheriffs Association; Sheriff Richard Stanek, Major County Sheriffs Association; Sheriff Jim McDonnell, Los Angeles Sheriffs Department; Lt Wayne Bilowit, Los Angeles Sheriffs Department; James Baker, International Association of Chiefs of Police and Anthony Chapa, Executive Director, HAPCOA.

A reception followed this meeting and contact was made with visiting Members of Congress and many senior staff members of the noted Congressional subcommittees.  HAPCOA made with Member J. Luis Correa (CA-46) representing the Subcommittee on Border & Maritime Security.

HAPCOA Executive Director Anthony Chapa and NOBLE President Perry Tarrant.

A Chapa, HAPCOA; Sheriff Paul Laney; Sheriff Jim McDonnell; and Assistant Chief Tarrant.


HAPCOA Member Releases Her First Novel

Congratulations to long-time HAPCOA member Maria del Carmen Irizarry-Rodriguez (retired Special Agent NCIS) on her just released novel entitled:  The Last Magical Year.

Maria and Gary Logan (retired NCIS) spent the past several year researching and writing their first suspense novel.    Maria provides the following synopsis:  "While our country is racing to break the Above-Top-Secret Japanese Navy Tactical Code, a dangerously handsome Hispanic-American naval officer’s involvement in a forbidden love affair with the young daughter of America’s most powerful, but bigoted, industrial baron, sets the young pilot on a path of destruction, culminating with the heart-pounding events surrounding our nation’s most crucial battle: the epic naval air encounter near Midway Island in the Pacific."  

The book is published through lulu.com, and is available in paperback and eBook format.

The Last Magical Year by Gary Logan (Paperback) - Lulu

We wish Maria the best with the release of her first literary work of art!


Statement by the International Association of Chiefs of Police on United States Immigration Enforcement Policy and Sanctions

Immigration enforcement is a complex and challenging issue for communities and their law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.

State and local law enforcement agencies are steadfast in their commitment to removing from their community’s dangerous criminals and others who pose a threat to public safety. Any suggestion to the contrary is simply inaccurate.

The IACP agrees that illegal immigration and border security issues directly impact the safety of communities and that effective action is needed to meet this challenge.  At the same time, however, state and local law enforcement agencies depend on the cooperation of immigrants, legal or not, in solving a wide array of crimes.  Striking the proper balance between enforcement and cooperation requires the full participation of elected officials, community leaders and their law enforcement agencies.

The IACP has and always will strongly oppose the use of sanctions to drive policy; this was true with prior Administrations and remains true with the current Administration. The funds provided through the Department of Justice support a wide array of crime fighting, crime prevention and public health initiatives. Penalizing communities by withholding assistance funding to law enforcement agencies and other critical programs is counter-productive to our shared mission of reducing violent crime and keeping our communities safe.

We stand ready to work with the Administration to help identify thoughtful, effective solutions to this complex and challenging issue.