HAPCOA Invited to Participate in the National Officer Safety and Wellness Group

(Washington, DC) HAPCOA was invited and President Tina Nieto accepted to participate in the National Officer Safety and Wellness Group (OSWG) meeting on April 17, 2018 to bring attention to the safety and wellness needs of law enforcement officers following a number of high-profile ambushes on police. The OSWG has raised awareness, increased knowledge, and encouraged law enforcement agencies to adopt practices that recognize that the most valuable resource a law enforcement agency is the men and women who put their lives on the line each and every day in the name of protecting and serving their communities.  To view further information on the OSWG along with the resources that they have developed please visit https://cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2603.


HAPCOA attend HOLEA meeting in Baltimore City, Maryland

(Baltimore, MD) HAPCOA 1st VP Richard Rosa along with HNLEA Executive Director – Luis Rodriguez, and APALA Executive Director – Alex Zunca attended the Hispanic Officers Law Enforcement Association (HOLEA) of Baltimore City on Monday, April 16th.  In attendance was Miguel Martinez, the president of HOLEA and his Treasurer, Steven Cuevas along with some HOLEA members.  Also present were, Juan Nunez and Enrique Ribadeniera, two local business leaders of the Highlandtown Business Association.

The evening’s discussions initiated much dialogue on the topics concerning:  The Baltimore Police Departments promotion process, the ranks of the highest-ranking Hispanics/Latinos within the department sans the newly appointed commissioner.  The importance of officer development and continual mentoring regardless of rank.  The responsibility of encouraging and supporting each other throughout their career – never forget where you come from; social media and its effect on future career opportunities. The business leaders are looking to partner with HOLEA on developing a mentoring program for Hispanic students considered, ‘At Risk Youth’ at Patterson High School located in Baltimore City. 


Texas Law Enforcement To Provide Free Emergency Response Training In Schools

The San Antonio Express-News  (4/17) reports the Bexar County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office and Judson Independent School District are “offering free training to area school police, administrators, and teachers on how to respond to active shooters and hazardous situations.” Sheriff Javier Salazar “said they are hoping to fill the available 100 slots with staff from area school districts, as well as private or charter schools.” BCSO Deputy Chief Aristides Jimenez “said they decided to offer the course after several people reached out to the department for more ways they can secure their campuses.” Judson ISD Police Chief Teresa Ramon “said having more campuses learn the protocol will help responding agencies coordinate their efforts.”

Sheriff Salazar and Chief Ramon both serve as members of HAPCOA’s National Board of Directors and are active members of the San Antonio Chapter.



HAPCOA Attends “Dia Del Policia” Celebration

(Panama) HAPCOA Panama Chapter members were invited to attend the Panamanian National Police “Dia Del Policia” celebration on Saturday, April 14, 2018. This annual event was held at National Police Headquarters at sunrise and was officiated by Director General Commissioner Omar Pinzon.

Approximately 500 members of the Panamanian National Police attended along with members of all uniformed Ministry of Public Security Forces.  The Panamanian National Police Band and Orchestra provided entertainment.  The program included the cutting of the ceremonial cake, the formal raising of the National Flag and concluded with a Blue Mass.

HAPCOA Executive Director Tony Chapa was invited by Director General Pinzon and to officially attend and participate in the festivities.

Director General Omar Pinzon, HAPCOA Executive Director Chapa and Deputy Director Alonso Vega Pino


HAPCOA President participated in the NOBLE 2018 Western Region Training Conference on April 12, 2018

(Oakland, CA) HAPCOA was invited and President Tina Nieto accepted to participate in the NOBLE 2018 Western Region Training Conference.

The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) was founded in September 1976, an organization that recognizes that black law enforcement executives could have a significantly more effective impact upon the criminal justice system through a unified voice. HAPCOA has a similar mission and continues through, chiefs of police, sheriffs and police superintendents from around the country to meet the challenges of selection, promotion and retention of Hispanic American men and women in professional law enforcement and the criminal justice system. The courageous men and women of HAPCOA also 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. Our continued partnership with NOBLE helps both organizations to make significant contributions to law enforcement, serving as positive professional role models for aspiring young law enforcement officers.


United By Light

On May 13, we will officially dedicate the 360 names added to the Memorial this year during the 30th Annual Candlelight Vigil. Join us in honoring the sacrifice that each of these officers made for their community by lighting a virtual candle in recognition of an officer or registering to watch the live Vigil webcast.

Make a small donation to light a virtual candle in honor of a special officer today.

Your candle will be displayed alongside the Vigil webcast, and it will include the officer’s name and your brief message in their tribute. Take a look at the Candle Wall at www.UnitedByLight.org.

Help us honor the 900,000 law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day for the safety and protection of others.

Thank you for your support,

Craig W. Floyd
Chief Executive Officer
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund


HAPCOA to participate in the 2nd Annual Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Policing

HAPCOA was invited and 1st VP Richard Rosa accepted to participate in a stakeholder telecon on Thursday, March 29th by the COPS Office for the upcoming 2nd Annual Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Policing.  The invitation served a few purposes.  First, to get the word out on the award, discuss the process and the timetable involved.  Second, it would be a great opportunity and honor if one of our own members meets the criteria to be nominated and, third have HAPCOA participate in the review process which consists of reviewing the nomination packets and providing a score with comments to be submitted to the DOJ/Office of COPS.  The process will take a few months to complete.  The award ceremony will take place in Washington, D.C., at the Great Hall of the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Department Building in September 2018.

It is recommended that before a nomination is submitted, via the DOJ web-based application form or Letter format via email, all nominees must be vetted by their respective department or organization to avoid any issues. 

Please go to the following link to review the nomination criteria:   https://www.justice.gov/ag/policing-award

Only rank and file officers or deputies in a non-supervisory position are eligible for nomination. Each submission must be received by Monday, April 23, 2018 NLT 5:00 p.m. EST.  The following link will direct you to the web-based application form:  https://www.justice.gov/ag/webform/policing-award-nomination


HAPCOA and APALA meet with the Northern Triangle Delegation

(Washington, DC) HAPCOA National Board member 1st VP Richard Rosa and Alex Zunca – Executive Director of APALA participated in a meeting with a distinguished body of members from the Northern Triangle Delegation in Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras).  The group was sponsored by the US Embassy in Honduras, and administered by Graduate School USA.  Nicolas Cervantes the Program Officer, served as their escort during their time in Washington, DC.  This is a cultural exchange program intended to cultivate lasting relationships with their counterparts.  The delegation consisted of a prominent cross section of representatives in the field of law enforcement, criminal justice, social services, and education.  After visiting the Washington, DC area the group will be heading to San Antonio, TX and Los Angeles, CA. 

While the focus of the visit is Law Enforcement and Community Policing, both HAPCOA and APALA representatives shared their personal stories and their respective associations mission, goals and values.  Including how the community has benefitted from sponsored events held by HAPCOA, HNLEA, APALA and the United Black Police Officers Association.  Discussions consisted of the importance of training for newly appointed police officers, obstacles in professional development, Command & Control versus engaging the community in conversation, Mental Health and Wellness for Law Enforcement Officers. 

Upon hearing that HAPCOA has a Panama Chapter they were very interested on how a chapter would work in their country, specifically in the area of professional development and availability of resources. Each participant expressed their appreciation for the presentation and dialogue.


HAPCOA Announces 2017 Aguila Award Winner

(Los Angeles)  The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) announced its selectees for its annual Aguila Award and recognition Medals.

The Aguila Statue Award, is the highest form of recognition awarded by HAPCOA for exceptional contributions in support of HAPCOA’s mission and goals.  Nominees exemplify the highest levels of concern for Public Safety and embody the principles of HAPCOA.  This year’s award will be presented to Chief Roberto L. Hylton, who presently serves as the senior law enforcement advisor for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington, DC.  Hylton previously served as Chief of Police for the Prince Georges County Police Department in Maryland from 2011 – 2018.

The Aguila Statue Award, its Medals and the Harris Technology Award will be presented on Wednesday, May 2nd at its annual Award Luncheon to be held during the HAPCOA 44th Annual National Law Enforcement Training Symposium to be held at the California Endowment Center, Los Angeles, CA.

In addition to the Aguila Statue Award, HAPCOA will also recognize the following individuals for deeds and actions taken and truly worthy of national recognition.

The Harris Technology Award is presented for exemplary investigative actions taken with the support of advanced and emerging technology.  This is the first year for this award and it goes to:  NCIS, Joint Child Crimes Task Force (JCCTF), Okinawa, Japan.

The Bronze Medal for Community Service is presented to an individual or individuals who have contributed to civic projects or programs that have resulted in the betterment of the community.  This year's awardees are: Chief Teresa Ramon, of the Judson ISD, San Antonio, TX.  Eddie Lopez, President of the Spanish American Law Enforcement Association (SALEA) with members of the Philadelphia Police Department and its Sheriffs Department.  The Hurricane Maria Rescue Team of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, based in Miami and Puerto Rico. 

The Silver Medal for Meritorious Conduct is presented to an individual(s), who have performed meritorious work in law enforcement.  This year's awardees are:  Commissioner Ovidio Fuentes Conception, Office of Institutional Directorate (DIASP), Panama.  Chief Paul Chapa, Trinity University Police Department, San Antonio, TX.  Esteban Blis, SSG US Army (retired), HAPCOA Panama Chapter.

The Gold Medal of Valor is presented to an individual(s) who while on official duty, performed beyond the call, exemplifying courage and boldness.  This year we award two Gold Medals of Valor posthumously.  First to Sgt Steve Perez, of the Houston Police Department (end of watch August 27, 2017) and then to Officer Greggory Casillas, of the Pomona Police Department (end of watch March 9, 2018).

Serving as the HAPCOA Awards Luncheon KEYNOTE Speaker will be Assistant Sheriff Eddie Rivero of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department.


HAPCOA Medal of Valor





Interview with Hector Hernandez

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