The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) sponsors the coveted “AGUILA Awards Program”. Aguila is the Spanish word for Eagle. The eagle is a universal symbol of vigilance, strength and courage. There are two types of Aguila Awards: The Aguila Statue Award and the Aguila Medallion Awards.
Those selected to receive the 2018 Awards will be recognized and presented their awards at the Aguila Awards luncheon to be held on May 1, 2019 at the HAPCOA 45th Annual National Law Enforcement Training Symposium. The Aguila Awards Luncheon to be held at the Embassy Suites, Baltimore MD Inner Harbor.
HAPCOA National President Rich Rosa announced that the HAPCOA Aguila Awards committee reviewed submissions and made the following selections:
HAPCOA AGUILA STATUE AWARD
Special Agent in Charge
Vice Presidential Protection Division
United States Secret Service
It 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 principals of HAPCOA was founded to promote. This award can be awarded to a private individual, community organization, or a law enforcement/criminal justice agency.
HAPCOA AGUILA MEDALLION AWARDS
Gold Medal of Valor Awards:
Special Agent Victor Avila (retired), and
Special Agent Jaime Zapata (posthumously)
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Homeland Security Investigations
Department of Homeland Security
US Embassy, Mexico City, Mexico
Presented to an individual(s), who while on official duty, performed beyond the call, exemplifying courage and boldness.
Silver Medal for Meritorious Conduct:
Special Agent Omar Lopez
Naval Criminal Investigative Service
Presented to an individual, who has performed meritorious work in Law Enforcement.
Bronze Medal for Community Service:
Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE)
Presented to an individual who has contributed to the civic projects or programs that have resulted in the betterment of the community. These awards are presented annually to individuals, agencies, or departments nationwide in recognition for promoting a standard of excellence that exemplifies law enforcement’s contributions and dedication to the quality of life in local communities.
The Harris Innovation in Investigations Award:
United States Postal Inspection Service
This award is presented to an individual, group or task force that uses emerging technology and cyber security tools to advance the investigative mission of law enforcement.
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The HAPCOA Aguila Awards Program helps Law Enforcement agencies nationwide and the communities they serve by redefining the concept of Law Enforcement and how it is routinely performed with honor, duty and courage.