HAPCOA Attends Research Summit on Women in Policing

(Washington DC) The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) hosted a Research Summit on Women in Policing in Washington, DC, December 3 & 4, 2018.  The summit was designed to bring together line, mid-rank and executive police officers, researchers, international experts and professional associations to explore current literature on women in policing; identify barriers to recruitment, retention, and promotion; explore the realities that women working in the policing field face; and identify promising practices for increasing representation and improving culture. 

The results and findings of the summit will be published in a special report, published by the National Institute of Justice, which will be used to chart a course for future research on the topic of women in policing.

HAPCOA National President Rich Rosa attended the summit in Washington, DC. along with Vera Bumper – President (NOBLE), Kathy Sanz – Executive Director (WIFLE) and Kym Craven – Executive Director (NAWLEE). 

NIJ offers a 3-year developmental opportunity to mid-career police personnel utilizing research as a means to communicate law enforcement policies and practices.  This opportunity is through the LEADS Scholars program and applications will become available in April 2019.  The below link to the NIJ website provides more information.

Program Activities

Scholars join the program for three years during which they:

  • Attend the IACP Annual Conference and a summer session at NIJ headquarters in Washington, D.C.
  • Meet with Department of Justice and IACP Leadership
  • Serve as NIJ peer reviewers.
  • Network with leading criminal justice researchers
  • Undertake data-driven research.  


Kym Craven (NAWLEE) and Vera Bumpers (NOBLE) with Pres. Rich Rosa

Cynthia Shain (Southern Policing Institute and ICITAP) with Pres. Rich Rosa


HAPCOA’s Ray Leyva selected to serve as LA County Undersheriff

(Los Angeles)  Los Angeles County Sheriff-elect Alex Villanueva (to be sworn in on Monday, December 3, 2018) has named Ray Leyva to become his undersheriff.

Leyva, while serving with the LA County Sheriff’s Department was elected to the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) National Board and then served as its National President from 2006 to 2007.

Leyva retired as a Commander with the Sheriff’s Department in 2016 after 25 years of service.  Leyva had previously run for Sheriff in 2006.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Los Angeles.

Sheriff-elect Villanueva, who is Puerto Rican, served with the LA County Sheriff’s Department for 30 years before retiring as a lieutenant.

Ray Leyva, LA County Undersheriff


HAPCOA Attends DOJ/COPS Law Enforcement Roundtable

(Washington DC)  HAPCOA was invited by the Department of Justice / COPS Office to send a representative to attend and participate in its Law Enforcement Roundtable.  San Antonio HAPCOA Chapter President Chief Deputy Don Tijerina attended the event whose topic was "Improving the Identification and Reporting of Hate Crimes".  This event was held at the COPS Office in Washington, D.C. on October 29th and 30th, 2018. The goal of this Roundtable was to coordinate the DOJ's efforts to eradicate hate crimes and facilitate outreach to law enforcement agencies and the public.   

Some of the solutions discussed were to standardize the definition of a hate crime and hate crime incidents across the nation; more training on identifying and reporting of hate crimes; and the establishing of hate crimes/anti-bias/civil rights units (even if only one person) in all agencies throughout the nation.

The event was attended by the DOJ Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentein.

Attendees included members of Law Enforcement Agencies and National Organizations.


HAPCOA Joins DOJ Law Enforcement Working Group

(Washington DC)  On November 1, 2019, The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) was invited to join the new Law Enforcement Working Group (LEWG) hosted and organized by the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Law Enforcement Affairs.  Steven H. Cook, Associate Deputy Attorney General serves as the Director and Chairman of the LEWG.

Participating in this meeting was Anthony Chapa, Executive Director of HAPCOA.  The meeting covered a number of topics that were briefed by senior members of the Office of Deputy Attorney General (ODAG), the FBI, Bureau of Justice Administration and COPS Office.  Topics presented include:  Updates to Assets Forfeiture, Opioid Enforcement and Prevention, Project Safe Neighborhoods, Elder Justice, FBI National Use of Force Data Collection Project, BJA Wellness Project update, and a COPS update on grants.

Also present and providing a briefing to the LEWG was Chief Tom Manger, Montgomery County Police Department and President of Major City Chiefs.

This meeting was also attended by Attorney General Jeff Sessions who presented a briefing regarding his recent visits to several US Attorney Offices. 

Associations present at this meeting included:  Major City Chiefs, Major County Sheriffs, Fraternal Order of Police, Former Narcotics Agents, Women in Federal Law Enforcement, FBI, FLEA, National Association of Police Organizations, International Police Associations, International Association of Chiefs of Police, NOBLE, HAPCOA and several others.

Attorney General Sessions and Executive Director Chapa

AG attends LEWG Meeting held at DOJ HQ in Washington DC


HAPCOA Attends National Opioid Summit

(Washington DC) The Department of Justice invited HAPCOA to attend the US Department of Justice, National Opioid Summit in Washington DC on October 25, 2018.

The National Opioid Summit presented three panels which included:  1) The Opioid Crisis: A Call to Action; 2) Enforcement: The Justice Departments Imperative; 3) The Evolution of the Crisis and Challenges on the Horizon.

Representing HAPCOA were Rich Rosa, National President and Ivan Acosta, National Vice-President.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Opens the National Opioid Summit

DOJ Presents several Panels at Opioid Summit.


HAPCOA Officially Represented at IACP Conference

(Orlando) The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) was officially represented at the 125th International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference held in Orlando, FL by National President Richard Rosa.  This year’s annual event held October 6-9, 2018 was attended by nearly 3,000 top police officials.

Many HAPCOA members who are also members of IACP normally attend this annual event but this was the first time that our National President attended officially representing HAPCOA.

Richard Rosa, Supervisory Federal Air Marshal (retired), serves as HAPCOA’s National President.  In addition to visiting with conference attendees, vendors and exhibitors he also met with representatives from various national law enforcement organizations to include:  Cindy Rodriguez, President, National Law Peace Officers Association (NLPOA), Vera Bumpers, President, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), Jim Hughes, Director of the North Texas Crime Commission, and Phil E. Keith, Director of the COPS Office.  Additionally, John Torres, Director Emeritus – HAPCOA, Louis F. Quijas, HAPCOA, and Rich Garcia, HAPCOA, Joe Trindal, HAPCOA and Samuel Colon, HAPCOA were also in attendance.

On Monday, October 9, 2018, President Donald Trump provided the keynote address and said “I want to express my gratitude for what you do every day, protecting our communities, our families, our streets and taking down crime”.  President Trump went on to say, “ What you do is keep America safe and no one does that better that you.  My administration always honors, cherishes and supports the men and women in blue”.

Also attending this year’s event with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and Florida Governor Rick Scott.

Vera Bumpers, President, NOBLE; Richard Rosa, President, HAPCOA and Phil Keith, Director of COPS

Richard Rosa, President, HAPCOA, Jim Hughes, Director, North Texas Crime Commission,
Cindy Rodriguez, President, NLPOA and Rich Garcia, HAPCOA


HAPCOA attends U.S. Capitol Police Diversity Panel

(Washington DC) On September 18, 2018, the United States Capitol Police’s Office of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Action (IDEA) held a Diversity Speaker's panel at the Capitol Police Headquarters.  The goal of the panel was to share their experiences as managers and as individuals who have influenced leadership. The panel provided information on how they managed their careers, personally invested in resources for skill development (e.g., trainings, books, videos, etc.), managed difficult workplace situations, as well as provided anecdotal advice and strategies to Capitol Police employees, which included the chief of police and his command staff.

Chief Diversity Officer, Natalie Holder moderated the event and asked a series of questions of panel members in order to create a conversation centered around diversity and inclusion.  Joe Perez, President of the National Capitol Region chapter of HAPCOA served on the panel.  Also participating on the panel were Lashinda Stair, First Assistant Chief of Police

Detroit Police Department, Eric Robins, Chief Sugarland, TX Police Department, William (“Blair”) Anderson, Chief of Police St. Cloud, MN Police Department, Dr. Timothy Trainer, President

Mount St. Mary’s University, Valerie Cofield, Deputy Assistant Director, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cathleen English, Director

Training Services Bureau, US Capitol Police and Major Philip P. Tou, Police Services Bureau Commander University of Maryland- College Park.


HAPCOA Assists with the US Attorney General’s 2nd Annual National Awards Program for Distinguished Service in Policing

(Washington, DC) HAPCOA National President Richard Rosa and HAPCOA NCR Chapter President Joe Perez attended the award ceremony on Wednesday, September 18th.  The event was held at the Department of Justice (DOJ) where Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Phil Keith, Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) recognized and honored twenty-five officers and deputies, for their extraordinary actions and outstanding contribution to law enforcement in the following areas:  Innovations in Community Policing, Criminal Investigations and Field Operations.

Background:  Several months ago, HAPCOA was asked by DOJ/COPS to assist, 21 law enforcement organizations and associations, with the evaluation of nominee packets received from individual State, Local, and Tribal law enforcement departments.  HAPCOA National Board members – 1st VP Teresa Ramon, 2nd VP Steve Noquera, 4th VP Ivan Acosta and I successfully evaluated at least two hundred packets in just over a two-week period.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

Chief J. Thomas Manger (Montgomery County, MD

HAPCOA NCR Chapter President Joe Perez
HAPCOA National President Richard Rosa


LAPD Officers recognized by AG Jeff Sessions for their outstanding efforts in improving the quality of life for the residents and businesses in MacArthur Park.

(Excerpt from DOJ program narrative)

The Los Angeles Police Department’s Rampart Area Special Problems Unit (SPU), MacArthur Park Task Force (MPTF) was formed in September 2017 to help restore order to the community around MacArthur Park using a full-spectrum approach by directing constant law enforcement to the area in and around MacArthur Park.  This is a coordinated effort using all available law enforcement and community-based resources to combat crime and quality of life issues in the area.

Recognized LAPD Officers included: Jose Arriaga, Ruben Avalos, Carlos Escobar, Randy Jreisat, Arthur Meza, Ashley Mitchell, David Nick, Jr., Adrian Nunez, Christina Salas and Solly Samara.

HAPCOA extends its congratulations to these fine LAPD officers for being proactive and helping to restore the MacArthur Park community to its residents by reducing crime, providing resources to the homeless and getting treatment for drug addicts.


HAPCOA attends the 45th Annual NLPOA Training and Development Conference in Broomfield, CO

(Broomfield, CO)  HAPCOA National President Richard Rosa and HAPCOA member, Juan Riberas, attended the 45th Annual National Latino Peace Officers Association (NLPOA) Training and Development Conference held in Broomfield, Colorado from September 4th – 8th

The event was hosted by the Denver Chapter of NLPOA.  Several chapters from around the country were present: NY, NJ, MN, FL, AZ, NV, CA, KS, DE, TX, and CO.  We were well received by the National Board and the membership.  I had the opportunity to meet many fine officers and network with current National Board members, including board members of several chapters.  During our conversations, there was a recurrent theme raised concerning the lack of promotional opportunities, especially in the upper ranks. 

There was a genuine interest from some of the chapter members who are considering attending the 45th Annual HAPCOA Training Symposium in Baltimore, MD in April 2019.  Elections were also held during this conference.  National President Cindy Rodriguez won re-election for another two-year term through acclamation.  She was truly honored and humbled by the vote of confidence received and her ability to continue to represent NLPOA’s best interests.  

HAPCOA and NLPOA has developed and fostered a relationship of mutual interest for many years.  We continue to make our presence known in the communities we serve and protect.  We must continue to remain resolute, to forge ahead, not deviate nor look back, but steadfast in our resolve and trajectory in our efforts to break the glass ceiling.       

Right to Left:
Juan Riberas (HAPCOA - member)
Roy Garivey (NLPOA – VP)
Pedro Lopez, Jr. (Asst. Chief, HPD)
Richard Rosa (HAPCOA – Nat’l Pres.)

Cindy Rodriguez (NLPOA – National President)
Richard Rosa (HAPCOA – National President)


HAPCOA Member Named STAR OF TEXAS Award Recipient

(Austin) On September 11, 2018 at the Capital in the Great State of Texas, former HAPCOA National President & Trinity University Police Chief Paul J. Chapa joined Selma Texas Police Lieutenant Jesse Balderamas and Texas Senator Donna Campbell during the Star of Texas Award Ceremony. In 2013 Lieutenant Balderamas was shot in the line of duty along with his partner when they responded to a domestic violence call. Lt. Jesse Balderamas was able to return fire and incapacitate the shooter and hold at bay until other units arrived. Lieutenant Balderamas was one of this years Star of Texas Award recipients. 

Jesse is also a recipient of the HAPCOA 2013 Medal of Valor award. 

Receiving the STAR OF TEXAS Award is Selma TX Police Lt Jesse Balderamas, supported by TX State Senator Donna Campbell and Trinity University Chief of Police Paul Chapa.