HAPCOA Members Empowering the Future of Law Enforcement

(Washington)  The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) held its 43rd Annual National Law Enforcement Training Symposium, November 14-17, 2016, in Long Beach, CA.  This year’s theme was “Trust, Training and Technology in Support of 21st Century Policing”.

During the events role call it was revealed that several HAPCOA members have been promoted and selected to major law enforcement leadership posts nationwide.  This includes the recent election of HAPCOA member Javier Salazar to Sheriff of Bexar County (the county includes San Antonio which is the 7th largest city in the US) and the selection of Art Acevedo to the position of Chief of the Houston Police (the fourth largest city in the US).

In addition HAPCOA members and presenters present included the following Hispanic law enforcement leaders in Policing:  Chief Robert Luna, Long Beach Police Department; Chief Paul Chapa, Trinity University, San Antonio; Chief Teresa Ramon, Judson ISD, San Antonio, TX; Assistant Chief Hector Velez, Prince Georges County Police Department, Prince Georges County, MD; Inspector General Carlos Acosta, Prince Georges County Police Department; Assistant Chief George Villegas, Los Angeles Police Department; Commander Joaquin Herran (retired), Los Angeles Sheriffs Office, William Martinez, Chief of Police (retired), St. Paul Police Department, and many others.

Current and retired HAPCOA members attending who represented Federal Law Enforcement Agencies included:  Adam Torres, former US Marshal, Central District of California; Richard Garcia, retired Assistant Director in Charge, FBI; Anthony Chapa, retired Assistant Director, US Secret Service; John Torres, retired Deputy Assistant Director, ATF; Tony Cox, Special Agent in Charge, NCIS; Joe Macias, Special Agent in Charge, DHS-Homeland Security Investigations and many others. 

Presenters at this years national Symposium included:  Sheriff Jim McDonnell, Sheriff, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department; Roderick Allison, Assistant Administrator/Director Office of Law Enforcement/ Federal Air Marshal Service/TSA; Darryl De Sousa, Deputy Commissioner, Baltimore Police Department; Commander Michael Parker, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department; Chief Jarrod Burguan, San Bernardino Police Department; Sergeant-II Michael Odle, Los Angeles Police Department; Brian Buchner, Policy Director, Office of Public Safety, Mayors Office, Los Angeles; Fr. Mark Bandsuch, Associate Professor, Loyola Marymount University; Inspector General Max Huntsman, Los Angeles County; Christopher McFarlin, American Military University; Chief Patrick Gannon, Deputy Executive Director, Los Angeles World Airports; among others.

Also attending HAPCOA this year were leadership representatives and fellows of the following professional law enforcement associations:  International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), National Latino Peace Officers Association (NLPOA), National Asian Peace Officers Association (NAPOA) and the National Latino Law Enforcement Organization (NLLEO).

Sworn-in as the HAPCOA 2017 National President was Captain-III Tina Nieto, Los Angeles Police Department.  Tina becomes the first female President of HAPCOA.

Also sworn-in as members of the 2017 HAPCOA National Board were:

  • Executive Director:  Anthony Chapa, Assistant Director (retired) US Secret Service;
  • Immediate Past-President: John Torres, Deputy Assistant Director (retired) ATF;
  • President Emeritus: Captain Don Tijerina, Bexar County Sheriffs Office;
  • 1st VP:  Richard Rosa, Supervisory Federal Air Marshal, FAMS;
  • 2nd VP: Teresa Ramon, Chief, Judson ISD Police Department;
  • 3rd VP:  Steve Noguera, ASAC, Naval Criminal Investigative Service;
  • 4th VP:  Javier Salazar, Sheriff-elect, Bexar County Sheriffs Office;
  • Sergeant at Arms:  Manny Ovalle, Ombudsman (retired), USSS-Uniformed Division;
  • Secretary: Roger Lozano, Governor’s Appointment, Texas Violent Gang Task Force;
  • Treasurer: Clarence Jorif, Senior Special Agent, US Secret Service;
  • Event Coordinator:  Mary Cox, National Training Symposium and Exposition.

Chief Paul Chapa, Trinity University, San Antonio and Commissioner Nicolas Perrin, Mexican Federal Police, who serves as President of the Association of Police Attaches of Latin America in Washington, DC


Center: Opening Keynote Speaker Sheriff Jim McDonnell, Los Angeles County


Captain Tina Nieto, Los Angeles Police Department, was sworn in as 2017 National President of HAPCOA


HAPCOA 2016 National President John Torres presents the HAPCOA Presidents Award to Sheriff Jim McDonnell with sponsor Alex Giuffrida of CNC Technologies


Executive Director Tony Chapa, Bexar County Sheriff-elect Javier Salazar & Chief Robert Luna, Long Beach, CA


Executive Director Chapa, President Cindy Rodriguez of the National Latino Peace Officers Association and President John Torres, HAPCOA, share a moment at the opening ceremony.


This Violence Against Law Enforcement Must End

This Violence Against Law Enforcement Must End

To deliberately target those in society who have committed their lives to public service is the most deplorable and heinous act of violence. Law enforcement officers around the world dedicate their lives to safeguarding our communities and helping others. Once they take that oath of office, they are always on call. If officers see someone in trouble when they are off-duty, they don’t turn their backs, they move to assist. We are there to assist and to help those who need it the most at all times.

To witness four officers being ambushed in the United States in a 24-hour period due to the uniform and badge they wear sickens me to my core. In this month alone, we have buried 15 U.S. officers; however, acts of violence against law enforcement are not confined to the United States. Parents, siblings, spouses, children, friends, and colleagues around the world are all having to say goodbye too soon.

This global violence against the police must end. To that end, the IACP will convene a task force to address the issue of violence against the police and to make concrete recommendations to prevent further tragedies and to help safeguard those who have made it their mission to protect others. The recommendations will include both guidance for law enforcement agencies and policy changes that can and should be adopted by the new U.S. administration and Congress. As president of the IACP, I will head up this task force, and I will be assembling a diverse group of members to join me in looking for broad solutions that can prevent further assaults against the police.

The United States will be celebrating Thanksgiving in a few short days. I ask you to join me in thanking officers for their dedication to service and appreciating the security they provide. I call upon everyone to stand up, make their voices heard, and declare their support for law enforcement. This is not a time to be divisive. This is a time for elected officials, community leaders, and citizens around the world to support the law enforcement officers who work tirelessly to make their communities and this world a safer place.

Donald W. De Lucca
IACP President

SafeGuard CoolMax vest to be auctioned at the Symposium

As part of SafeGuard's commitment ensuring the safety and protecting the lives of law enforcement and military operatives, the brand recently announced a donation to HAPCOA, the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, established in 1973. The nationwide organization has received one of the brand's CoolMax carriers, which is to be auctioned at their annual conference. 

In keeping with HAPCOA's dedication to meeting the challenges of selection, promotion and retention of Hispanic American men and women in professional law enforcement and the criminal justice system, SafeGuard's armor addresses the concerns of their communities through the implementation of innovative, state-of-the art protection technology. 

The range of CoolMax vests are characterized by optimum ventilation, and offer maximum protection in extreme weather conditions - something that greatly benefits law enforcement agents who need to patrol the streets for hours at a time. Using cutting edge technology, SafeGuard has engineered a line of vests to offer comfort and security that fits the specific needs of the law enforcement community. 

The CoolMax range of premier covert carriers fit ideally underneath the uniform of police officers, keeping them safe from ballistic threats while remaining perfectly concealed. They are comfortable to wear, lightweight and flexible, which means they don't affect an officer's range of movement or endurance. Specialized CoolMax materials make this a breathable and comfortable model, offering unobtrusive and discreet protection. SafeGuard's CoolMax carriers are designed with multiple points of adjustment to ensure that law enforcement agents are able to get the perfect fit for their body type.

The material is designed to create a low profile and ensure the vest is not noticeable under clothing. It is made of material that is designed to allow air to circulate with ease to ensure that officers do not sweat profusely while wearing it. The carrier is heavily padded to ensure that the vest has the specific level of protection that it is designed to have. All in all, SafeGuard's CoolMax range of protective carriers is developed in keeping with the latest industry standards and best practices to provide a full-featured safety solution to the law enforcement industry. As the company is committed to the same mission of promoting security and empowering police officers as HAPCOA - the donation marks the beginning of a strategic partnership that will be beneficial to the community of Hispanic American men and women in professional law enforcement and the criminal justice system.



Location:  The Hotel Maya, Long Beach CA
Event date:  Tuesday, November 15, 2016 9:00am-1:00pm

HAPCOA, the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, established in 1973, is the oldest and largest association in the U.S. of Hispanic American command officers from law enforcement and criminal justice agencies at the municipal, county, state and federal levels. It members represent law enforcement agencies from across the United States, and around the world.  HAPCOA is a national organization with a local presence.

On Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 9:00 am, at the Hotel Maya, Long Beach CA, HAPCOA opens its 43rd Annual National Law Enforcement Training Symposium, with Chief Robert Luna, Long Beach Police Department and Steve Goodling, President and CEO of Long Beach Convention Bureau providing welcoming remarks.  Delivering the official opening Keynote address will  be Sheriff Jim McDonnell, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Click here for the full Press Release and more information


HAPCOA Interns recognized by FAMS Director

HAPCOA Interns are recognized and issued certificates by Director Roderick Allison, Federal Air Marshal Service, at the HAPCOA National Capitol Regional Chapter Fall Banquet on Friday, September 23, 2016 in Maryland.

The genesis for the TSA/FAMS Hispanic internships occurred last year, at HAPCOA’s 42nd Annual Symposium in San Antonio, Texas.  FAMS Director - Roderick Allison offered to partner with HAPCOA and to authorize five paid summer internships.  HAPCOA Executive Director Anthony ‘Tony’ Chapa assigned this task to the HAPCOA National Capitol Region Chapter headed by Prince Georges County Police Captain Joe Perez.

Applications were received from across the country but the largest pool of applicants received was from the Maryland region.  Thanks to Joe’s networking, contacts and partnerships with the local community 4 of the 5 candidates selected were attending the University of Maryland.  The other candidate was attending Aurora University in Illinois. HAPCOA 2nd Vice President Richard Rosa, FAMS Supervisor, interviewed all the applicants and reported, “I was truly impressed by the applicant’s desire in seeking a law enforcement career.  They are 1st generation Latinos who want to make a difference which makes me proud to know them” 

HAPCOA is truly appreciative of the opportunity offered by Director Allison.  His forward thinking and vision in promoting the tenets of a diverse workforce is evident in the experiences shared by the 2016 Summer Interns.  Following are brief statements provided by each HAPCOA FAMS Intern:


My name is Manuel and I’m a senior at the University of Maryland. I’m pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a concentration in Terrorism Studies. My ultimate career goal is to work in the intelligence field within the federal government and thanks to the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) I was selected and appointed to an internship with the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS). During the past summer, 2016, I was exposed to a professional environment at this prestigious federal agency.  Among many things, I learned how to hold myself to high integrity standards and the importance of supporting the agencies’ mission statement. This internship opportunity didn’t just expose me to different tasks among the FAMS but also gave me the opportunity to practice my networking skills and to put in practice my ethical values as well. Thanks to HAPCOA and this internship opportunity I was approved to stay with the FAMS as a part-time employee. I can certainly say that such opportunity has greatly impacted my life and it has accelerated my career goals and expectations. I look forward on serving and protecting the citizens of the United States of America.


My name is Michael and I am a Junior Criminal Justice and Criminology major at the University of Maryland, College Park. This past summer I had the great privilege of interning at the Newark Field Office of the Federal Air Marshal Service. I am truly grateful to HAPCOA for this amazing opportunity, as I was able to get an in-depth look at the agency and its responsibilities to the citizens of the United States. While at the field office, I assisted in many tasks such as: conducting essential file audits, organizing time sheets, creating certification folders for employees, and assisting in K9 training operations. Overall, my favorite part about my internship experience was being able to come into the office every day and be surrounded by professionals that constantly worked toward making a difference in today’s homeland security spectrum. I am proud to have interned for the Federal Air Marshal Service and I look forward to returning to the field office this winter!


I’m Thalia and I am attending the University of Maryland.  My summer internship with OLE/ FAMS, partnered with HAPCOA, was an insightful great experience for my future career goal with joining the federal law enforcement. I was assigned to work at headquarters in Arlington, VA with the Personal Security Section (Per Sec). My time with Per Sec has taught me many different administrative tasks that occur on a daily basis. I have learned how the work that Per Sec conducts plays a pivotal role in ensuring and is an important contribution into making sure that employees within the agency meet TSA’s mission and objectives.

The internship also gave all the interns, including myself, the opportunity to learn of the many different careers within FAMS. Right away, we were scheduled to many events where we had the chance to get familiarized with the different areas of the organization. My first interaction was at the Reston HQ, where I was able to meet members of the FFDO, Flight OPS, and many other sections. By far, my favorite events were our trips to the Freedom Center and the tour of the Firing Range. The internship has affected my growth in a number of ways. It has helped me gain knowledge of a career with the FAMS. I cannot thank you enough for being able to intern with OLE/ FAMS this summer. My experience with the agency has been memorable and has impacted my motivation even more in becoming a federal agent!


I am writing to thank the Hispanic Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) for giving me the opportunity to intern for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) within the Office of Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service (OLE/FAMS).  As a first generation Latino college student majoring in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland, College Park. I was pleased for being selected for the 2016 summer paid internship opportunity. This federal internship experience has truly made an impact on my personal goals after graduating from college. Surely this internship has challenged and prepared me to become a successful individual while working for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  I can proudly say that I am now ready to make wise decisions in serving others through my knowledge and skills. In fact, I learned so much more about myself everyday of this summer internship from the moment I entered the internship program.  Most importantly, I acknowledge that not many Latino youth have this opportunity to have a direct experience for their career aspirations as I did with this internship.  Personally I want to give a special thank you, to Mr. Richard Rosa, Ms. Sandra Mosso and Mr. Jose Calleja for their guidance throughout this summer to making this internship experience exciting and educational to the fullest.

Therefore, I hope that one day as a professional, to reach out to others in accomplishing their goals as (HAPCOA) has helped me in which students like myself will become leaders of today and inspiration to others. It was a pleasure to become part of great organization and agency.

Again, thank you!--Charles


I’m John and I am currently attending Aurora University in Illinois, majoring in Criminal Justice.  The FAMS internship was a great experience because it exposed me to almost every facet of the Federal Air Marshal Service as well as getting a feel for what it is like to work for the federal government. Throughout this summer internship, I was exposed to very interesting areas of the FAMs. We were able to visit multiple offices and get a view of the different roles that contribute to the FAMs mission. While on these trips we were able to meet different mission and non-mission related personnel that were extremely committed to the mission, passionate about their work, and were helpful on any questions we had.  Along with these trips, I was also able to work on a project that was within the FAMs mission and I took great pride in helping contribute. This internship was valuable to me and will help me continue my pursuit in criminal justice and law enforcement.


HAPCOA VP Rosa addresses the HAPCOA NCR Banquet and introduces the HAPCOA FAMS Interns.

HAPCOA FAMS Interns receive certificates from Director Allison, Federal Air Marshal Service.



HAPCOA and NCIS Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

(Quantico, VA)  The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month at the Russell-Knox Building (RKB) Collaboration Center, NCIS Headquarters, Quantico, VA on Thursday, October 6, 2016.  Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated annually from September 15th through October 15th.  The theme of the NCIS event was “Embracing, Enriching and Enabling America.” 

President Obama issued the 2016 Presidential Proclamation in Spanish (https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/14/proclamaci%C3%B3n-presidential-mes-de-la-herencia-hispana-2016).  In part his message read “Our nation has found strength in the diversity of our people.  With faith and passion, a strong work ethic and a deep devotion to family, the Hispanic community has helped to carry forward our legacy as a vibrant symbol of opportunity for all”.

Invited to serve as the 2016 NCIS Keynote Speaker was Anthony Chapa, Executive Director, Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA).  Also speaking at this year’s event was NCIS Special Agent Ivan Acosta who is Executive Assistant to Executive Assistant Director for Global Operations.  Executive Assistant Director John “Andy” Hogan provided closing comments.  Michael Lariosa, Special Emphasis Program Manager, NCIS Office of EEO & DIVERSITY coordinated the event.  Of special note, the 2015 Keynote Speaker was NCIS Special Agent in Charge (Hawaii Field Office) and HAPCOA 2011 National President, Philip ‘Tony’ Cox. 

HAPCOA members from the ranks of NCIS, to include past National Presidents Frank Hernandez and Tony Cox and current National Vice President Steve Noguera, continue to provide strong leadership in support of our vision and mission to “empower the future of law enforcement”.

Executive Director Chapa and EAD Hogan pose before the NCIS HQ entrance.


DOJ Releases Report: Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement Initiative

(Washington)  On Wednesday, October 5, 2016 the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) releases its report:  Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement Initiative.

In December 2015, the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division and the EEOC launched a new research initiative, Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement, to identify barriers that undermine diversity in law enforcement and highlight promising practices that help agencies better reflect the diversity of the communities that they serve.

The initiative focused on barriers and promising practices across three key areas:  recruitment, hiring, and retention.  In so doing, this initiative has taken a broad look at various barriers to diversity, while also placing particular emphasis on practices that advance greater racial and gender diversity and foster the inclusion of the perspectives and experiences of persons from diverse backgrounds in the culture and leadership of law enforcement agencies.  The Center for Policing Equity (CPE) spearheaded much of the initiative’s outreach and engagement with law enforcement.  This initiative was created to assist law enforcement agencies throughout the country as they strive to expand access to opportunities to serve in law enforcement and build workforces that better reflect the diversity of their communities.  This effort is intended to especially aid those small and mid-size police department that recognize the importance of diversity, but may lack the resources to fully explore solutions. 

To read the report, visit:  Justice.Gov/PoliceDiversity


The final report, which builds on the recommendations of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, highlights that while greater workforce diversity alone cannot ensure fair and effective policing, a significant – and growing – body of evidence suggests that diversity can make policing more effective, and more safe and more just.  The report identifies both barriers and promising practices that have been adopted and/or are underway in communities across the country to advance diversity in law enforcement.

Within the final report, HAPCOA is recognized and acknowledged as one of the law enforcement associations that both met, submitted comments and spoke before members of this DOJ/EEOC initiative.  HAPCOA representatives who participated in this 10 month effort included:  John Torres, President; Don Tijerina, Past President; Rich Rosa, Vice-President; Manny Ovalle, Director at Large and Anthony Chapa, Executive Director.

Attending the official release of this report and representing HAPCOA were:  Anthony Chapa, Executive Director; Rich Rosa, Vice President and Manny Ovalle, former Director at Large.

DOJ/EEOC Panel (l to r): Chief John Nesky, Bowie, MD Police; Phillip Goff, Ph.D, Center of Policing Equity; Jenny Yang, Chair, EEOC; Vanita Gupta, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division and Sally Yates, Deputy Attorney General, DOJ.


Representing HAPCOA:  Rich Rosa, Vice President; Manny Ovalle, former Director at Large and Anthony Chapa, Executive Director

Attending the DOJ/EEOC meeting:  Anthony Chapa, HAPCOA; Cathy Sanz, Executive Director, WIFLE; and  Dwayne Crawford, Executive Director, NOBLE


How to check your body armor for damage

The proper use and care of your body armor vest is essential to maintaining its life throughout the warranted period. It is important to handle Body Armor exactly as specified by the documentation from the manufacturer as improper care or storage can result in damages that render the armor unusable or ineffective against attacks.


The proper care of modern body armor requires taking precautions during cleaning. Every model that complies with NIJ standards comes with an instruction label, which indicates how to clean the components. It is imperative to follow these if you want the body armor to remain in a condition that permits it to continue to fulfill its purpose.  

The protective panels, or inserts, of body armor should only be washed by hand with cold water, using a sponge or soft cloth. You can use mild home laundry detergent but anything store-bought contains abrasive particles that can damage the fibers. Most manufacturers strongly advise against submerging the protective panel in water. Bleach (including non-chlorine or peroxide-based bleach) or starch, even when diluted, should be avoided as it reduces the level of protection. If the model of armor comes with a removable carrier, in certain conditions the carrier may be machine washable. However, it is best to check with the manufacturer and follow the instructions on the protective panel and carrier labels. 

Most modern body armor is made of water-repellant treated or inherently water-repellant fabrics, which means hand washing is allowed as water won't degrade the ballistic capabilities of the vest. Rinsing thoroughly is important to remove all traces of cleaning agents and to prohibit the accumulation of residual soap film. This is actually quite important as this film can absorb water and reduce the protective properties of certain types of fabrics over time

Body armor fabric should never be dried outdoors, even in the shade. The reason for this is the fact that ultraviolet light is the primal cause for degradation of certain types of ballistic fabric. Tests conclusively demonstrate that ballistic efficiency is significantly and adversely affected by sunlight exposure for extended periods of time. Dry cleaning body armor is another definite 'no'. Keep in mind that deodorizing sprays like Febreeze or Lysol can damage or compromise the carrier material.

Inspecting for Damage

Each wash of your body armor should typically be followed by inspection for any signs of wear or damage. If the protective materials are not covered with a permanent cover (which is highly uncommon for a modern models), and the thread used to sew layers together is wearing badly or the fabric is unraveling, the body armor should be returned to the manufacturer for replacement. Police Officers should under no circumstances attempt to repair armor themselves as this will only result in more severe damage to the structural integrity of the fabric.

Typically, soft body armor sold in the United States is rated for five years of service. That's the standard as put forth by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). However, body armor wear should be calculated based on how it's been worn. This means that a vest that's worn every day over the course of a year will lose its protective capability much faster than one that has been sitting on a shelf and only used sporadically. Unfortunately, there's no generic way to track wear of vests, so the NIJ set five years as a standard. Despite this, after a few years of wear, you are advised to check the ballistic panels on your armor. Look for tears, creases, burns, smells, and damage and generally - anything that seems abnormal or has changed in color or feel. Proper care and storage of your vest will make it last longer. The most common culprits for body armor degradation are heat, moisture and UV light.

Finally, always replace the entire vest even if a single panel is damaged or missing. Wearing your shell carrier without the ballistic panels results in zero protection. Mixing and matching ballistic panels with carriers from different brands or manufacturers voids the manufacturer’s warranty and, again, does not guarantee the same level of protection that the original armor provides.



Los Angeles, CA The Latino Coalition (TLC) is the leading national non-partisan advocacy organization representing Hispanic businesses and consumers.  Committed for over two decades to the economic and social development of entrepreneurs across the nation, TLC continues powerful representation of the ever-important Latino community and electorate. 

Understanding that Latino small businesses are the fastest growing segment of the economy with over three million companies generating over 600 billion in annual revenue, The Latino Coalition has made it their mission to promote the spirit of innovation and champion Hispanic entrepreneurship through relevant programming.

“TLC has a track record of success of more than 20 years building partnerships and strengthening America’s small business community,” said Hector Barreto, TLC’s Chairman and Former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration.  “By signing this MOU we are joining forces, the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) the TLC and its members will be able to address the national security issues that surround law enforcement and the growing Latino communities that we all serve in both business and in public service” said Anthony Chapa, HAPCOA’s Executive Director.  The historic MOU between HAPCOA and the TLC was signed on September 29, 2016, during the West Coast Small Business Summit held in Los Angeles, CA.

Attending the West Coast Small Business Summit included Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46); Ambassador Roman Macaya Hayes of Costa Rica; Consul General Carlos Eugenio Garcia de Alba Zepeda (Mexico); Raul Anaya, President Greater Los Angeles Bank of America;  and Gilbert Vazquez, Chairman, Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce.  Approximately 300 small Latino business members attended the luncheon.  HAPCOA members present during the signing ceremony included Paul Magallanes, Richard Mayger, and supporting members Joshua Jones and Arthur Kassel.

The West Coast Small Business Summit created an exclusive gathering of trailblazing entrepreneurs and provided them with connections to knowledgeable speakers, high-impact panels, networking opportunities and an interactive environment for evolving businesses.  Also attending the West Coast Small Business Summit and representing HAPCOA were John Torres, National President, and Tina Nieto, 1st Vice President of HAPCOA.Chapa addresses the 2016 West Coast Small Business Summit, Los Angeles, CA

Chapa addresses the 2016 West Coast Small Business Summit, Los Angeles, CA

Chapa and Hector Barreto, Chairman of the Latino Coalition Sign MOU

Chapa, Congresswoman Sanchez (CA-46). Stacy Taylor, Reagan Foundation, and Arthur Kassel.

Chapa and Raul Anaya, President, Bank of America-Greater Los Angeles


HAPCOA National Capitol Region Chapter Co-Sponsors “Strength in Unity” Awards Banquet

(Greenbelt, MD)  The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association – National Capitol Region (NCR) Chapter co-sponsored with the United Black Police Officers Association its annual awards banquet.  The theme of this year’s sold-out event was “Strength in Unity”.

Also supporting the event was the Hispanic National Law Enforcement Association and the Association of Police Attachés of Latin America (APALA).  The banquet was held at Martins Crosswinds, Greenbelt, MD and was attended by 400-ticketed guests. 

The evenings keynote speakers included Alejando Mayorkas, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and Maryland’s Lt Governor Boyd Rutherford.  Also providing remarks was Mr. Darryl Barnes, MD State Delegate, Prince’s Georges County District 25. Secretary Mayorkas was introduced by HAPCOA Executive Director Anthony Chapa and Lt Governor Rutherford was introduced by HAPCOA NCR Chapter President Captain Joe Perez. 

Honored guests included: MD Senator Victor Ramirez, MD Delegate Carlo Sanchez, MD Director of Hispanic Affairs Lorena Rivera, Director Roderick Allison, Federal Air Marshals Service, and Prince Georges County Chief of Police Hank Stawinski.

HAPCOA NCR Chapter President Joe Perez and United Black Police Officers Association President Thomas Boone presented both community and law enforcement leadership awards during the evening.  Director Allison, FAMS, presented certificates to members of the HAPCOA FAMS internship program.

Also recognized during the event were Col. Rafael Rojas (Chilean Carabineros) President of APALA and Police Attaché Nicolas Perrin (Mexican Federal Police) Vice President of APALA.  Also attending were APALA members Commissioner Glenn of the Panamanian National Police and Executive Director Alejandro Zunca.

HAPCOA Chapter President Captain Joe Perez, Chief Stawinski and MD Lt Governor Rutherford.

Chapter President Joe Perez speaks at Banquet

HAPCOA Executive Director Chapa introduces DHS Deputy Secretary Mayorkas.

DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas presents banquet keynote address.