HAPCOA News

 

Jul
31

HISPANIC AMERICAN POLICE COMMAND OFFICER'S ASSOCIATION (HAPCOA) CALL FOR 2015 AGUILA AWARD SUBMISSIONS

As you all are aware, the 2015 HAPCOA Annual National Training Symposium and Exhibit Fair is fast approaching. This year's event addresses a theme which is highlighted in the news every day and is of paramount concern to law enforcement at every level and jurisdiction.  Our training classes this year will be centered around "Hispanic Policing in the 21st Century:  Communication, Trust and Inclusion.  The beautiful and culturally based city of San Antonio will once again host this year's event from 16-19 Nov 2015 at the Sheraton Gunter, our host hotel for this year's event.  Attendee and exhibitor registration along with hotel information can be found here on our website

One of the highlights of each year's conference is the awarding of the Aguila Awards. The deadline for nominations this year is September 15, 2015. All nominations are to be submitted on line - visit our website for the Aguila Award Form.  The noted awards will be presented during the HAPCOA Awards Luncheon held as part of our 42nd Annual National Training Symposium, on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Click here for the Aguila Fact Sheet or here to make a submission

 
 
Jul
31

U.S. Dept. of Justice (DoJ) and the Federal Interagency - Law Enforcement Equipment Working Group Briefing

Manny Ovalle, Director at Large, represented HAPCOA on July 8, 2015 to discuss recommendations pursuant to Pres. Obama’s Executive Order 13688:  Federal Support for Local Law Enforcement Equipment Acquisition.

The Working Group, on an ongoing basis, will evaluate all suggestions and/or recommendations relating to the President’s Executive Order.

SPECIFIC ISSUES DISCUSSED:        

1.   Possible Recall of Prohibitive Equipment

  • Tabled until next meeting.

2.   Breadth of Controlled Equipment List

  • Working Group agreed that the list of the controlled equipment lists must be expanded.

3.   General Policing and Specific Controlled Equipment Standards Guidance

  • Tabled until next meeting.

4.   Training Requirements

  • It was suggested that LEAs train on their own policies.

5.   Significant Incident Reports for Non-Federally Acquired Controlled Equipment

  • There were some philosophical differences among the members  of the Working Group (i.e., a few LEAs wanted to keep their incident reports in-house; the federal providers wanted to know how and why the non-federally controlled equipment was used).

6.   Local Civilian Government Review

  • Offered as a means for LEAs to communicate with their communities.  Police civilian academies is one example of government review and education.

PLANS FOR FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS

  • The Working Group will conduct annual reviews.
  • Federal government agencies not included in Executive Order 13688 have adopted policies that are similar to the LE Working Group.
  •  LE officers at the street level want to be heard.
  • Citizens need protection and education on understanding the use of LEA controlled equipment in their communities.
 
 
Jul
24

HAPCOA Invited to White House for Community Policing Forum

On Thursday, July 23, the White House and the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), hosted a Community Policing Forum to discuss and share best practices on the implementation of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing recommendations. Throughout the forum, Administration officials, 21st Century Policing Task Force members, law enforcement, faith and community leaders and local elected officials discussed and shared strategies for implementing the recommendations and developing ideas that communities across the country can utilize to establish public safety while building trust.  

Approximately100 individuals were invited to attend this day-long event.  Presenters included: Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President, Ronald Davis, Director of Community Oriented Policing Services, and Charles Ramsey, Commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department.  Invitees were presented with reports regarding Task Force recommendations and also attended breakout sessions regarding the building of trust and legitimacy and also Task Force Pillar discussions.

Representing HAPCOA was Executive Director, Anthony Chapa.  Other Law Enforcement Associations & organizations represented included:  IACP, Major City Chiefs, Major City Sheriffs, NOBLE, PERF, Police Foundation and NLPOA. 

The Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch provided closing remarks.

Resources in support of the Presidents Task Force on 21st Century Policing:

  • COPS Task Force home page: http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item=2761
  • Final Task Force report: http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/pdf/taskforce/TaskForce_FinalReport.pdf
  • Information on the Police Data Initiative: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/05/18/launching-police-data-initiative
 
 
Jul
21
 
Jun
25

HAPCOA US Embassy Panama Chapter Presents an Internal Affairs Seminar

Members of the HAPCOA US Embassy Panama Chapter organized and presented a seminar on the topic of Internal Affairs to the various law enforcement/police agencies in Panama.  This special event was hosted by Director Eric Estrada, Servicio de Proteccion Institucional (SPI) and presented on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 in the Amphitheater located within the Presidential Palace in Panama City, Panama.

HAPCOA members presented a daylong course before invited Internal Affairs units.  HAPCOA presenters included:  Anthony Chapa, Executive Director; Eric Moncayo, President HAPCOA Chapter, David Wattley, Chapter Treasurer, Estaban Blis, Chapter Sgt at Arms also members from the Panamanian National Police: Commissioner ® Landau and Major Rolando Villarreal.  Also presenting from the US Embassy included Andre Zavala, Legal Attaché, FBI and Bill Furay, Country Attaché, DEA.  Approximately 20 individuals were in attendance.

All who attended were honored by the SPI with agency pins and with HAPCOA seminar certificates.

Details and photos regarding this first ever liaison event in Panama can be found on the SPI website:

http://www.spi.gob.pa/1324-seminario-interagencial-de-asuntos-internos-policiales-dictado-por-hapcoa.html

 
 
Jun
4

U.S. Dept. of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Interagency Law Enforcement Equipement Working Group Briefing

Manny Ovalle, Director at Large, represented HAPCOA on May 20, 2015 to discuss recommendations pursuant to Pres. Obama’s Executive Order 13688: Federal Support for Local Law Enforcement Equipment Acquisition.

The Working Group, on an ongoing basis, will evaluate all suggestions and/or recommendations relating to the President’s Executive Order.

SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS:        

1. Equipment Lists for prohibitive and controlled equipment

  • Prohibited equipment list identifies categories of equipment (i.e., firearms of .50-Caliber or higher) that should not be authorized for LEAs to acquire via transfer from federal agencies or purchase using federally funded funds.
  • Controlled equipment list identifies categories of equipment (i.e., armored and tactical wheeled vehicles) that LEAs may acquire by taking additional steps using an application process.

2.   Police Training and Protocols for Controlled Equipment

  • LEAs that acquire controlled equipment through Federal programs must adopt specific written policies and protocols governing General Policing Standards and Specific Controlled Standards.
  • LEAs that acquire controlled equipment through Federal programs must ensure that its personnel are properly trained and that training meets set requirements.
  • LEAs must collect and retain “Required Information” when law enforcement activity involves a “Significant Incident.”
  • When unlawful or inappropriate police actions are alleged and trigger a federal compliance review, the LEA must produce a report.

3.   Acquisition Process for Controlled Equipment

  • LEAs must submit required information for controlled equipment requests and must indicate whether it is being acquired for regional or multijurisdictional capability.

4.   Transfer, Sale, Return, and Disposal of Controlled Equipment

  • LEAs may transfer or sell controlled equipment (except riot shields and helmets) to another LEA.
  • LEAs may transfer or sell controlled equipment to a non-LEA with approval from the federal agency that originally approved.
  • LEAs must return and/or dispose of controlled equipment through DOD’s 1033 program.

5.   Oversight, Compliance, and Implementation

  • Members of the Working Group will meet on a regular basis to support oversight and policy development functions for controlled equipment programs.
  • Programmatic and statutory violations will result in LEA being suspended from acquiring additional controlled equipment through federal programs for a minimum of 60 days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
May
20

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, BJA, RELEASES BODY WORN CAMERA TOOLKIT

Today, DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) launched the National Body-Worn Camera Toolkit, an online clearinghouse of resources designed to help law enforcement professionals and the communities they serve plan and implement BWC programs. The toolkit consolidates and translates research, promising practices, templates and tools that have been developed by subject matter experts.  Areas of focus include procurement; training; implementation; retention and policies along with interests of prosecutors, defense attorneys, victim and privacy advocates and community members.

HAPCOA will present a course at its 42nd Annual National Training Symposium, in San Antonio, TX (November 16-20, 2015), on Body-Worn Cameras with the support of the BJA.

Click the hyperlink to go to the National Body-Worn Camera Toolkit: www.bja.gov/bwc. 

 
 
May
20

Leading Law Enforcement Organizations Endorse Bill to Prevent Terrorists from Buying Weapons

 For Immediate Release May 19, 2015             Contact: Ashley Schapitl (202) 224-9629 

Leading Law Enforcement Organizations Endorse Feinstein Bill to Prevent Terrorists from Buying Weapons

Washington-- Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today announced that the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence has endorsed the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act.

The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence is a nonpartisan group of leading national law enforcement organizations, eight of which have endorsed the bill: the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Major Cities Chiefs Association, Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, Police Foundation, National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, Police Executive Research Forum and National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. Chief Jim Johnson of Baltimore County, Maryland is the current chair of the Partnership.

Feinstein released the following statement:

"I'm grateful to the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence for their endorsement of this important bill. Local law enforcement officers are the first to respond in the event of a terrorist attack, and they know full well the dire threat posed by known and suspected terrorists."

"The fact that we cannot stop individuals on the no-fly list from purchasing guns and explosives in the United States makes it harder for our country's law enforcement officers to do their jobs to keep us safe."

"The bill I introduced in February would close this dangerous loophole, which was exploited more than 450 times in 2013 and 2014. If you’re on a terrorist watch list, we should be able to prevent you from passing a background check to purchase guns or explosives or obtain a federal firearms or explosives license or permit."

"I will continue my work to have this bill considered before the Senate, and appreciate the support of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence."

The Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act, which was also introduced in the House by Congressman Peter King (R-N.Y.), would:

  • Allow the attorney general to deny the purchase or transfer of a firearm or explosive to a known or suspected terrorist if the prospective recipient may use the firearm or explosive in connection with terrorism.
  • Maintain protections in current law that allow a person who believes he has been mistakenly prevented from buying a firearm to learn of the reason for the denial, and then to challenge the denial, first administratively with the Department of Justice, and then through a lawsuit against the Justice Department.
  • Allow the Justice Department, in any administrative or court proceeding challenging the accuracy of a denied firearm or explosive transfer under the bill, to protect information that, if disclosed, would compromise national security.
 
 
May
18

HAPCOA D.C. News

Click here to read the full article: http://www.washingtonhispanic.com/nota20271.html

 
 
May
18

National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence

Click here for the full statement regarding gun violence prevention: http://hapcoa.org/templates/files/police-week-2015-statement-may-15-2015.pdf