HAPCOA News

 

Sep
18

HAPCOA Invited to Attend the 2017 NNOAC Drug Enforcement Form

(Washington, DC)  HAPCOA was invited to participate in the National Narcotic Officers Associations’ Coalition (NNOCA) 2017 Drug Enforcement Forum this past September 12-13, 2017 in Washington, DC at the Ariel Rios Federal Building – ATF National Headquarters.

The mission of NNOAC is to bring leaders within the law enforcement community together to discuss the challenges we all face surrounding drug policy and related issues.  Those challenges include:  exploring emerging drug and crime trends as well as indentifying strategies to counter these trends; increasing collaboration between federal, state, and local partners; assessing legislation aimed at criminal justice reform, sentencing policy and asset forfeiture, along with other issues that impact effective enforcement at our nation’s drug laws.  The objective of the forum was to host a vibrant discussion on these important topics to ascertain where stakeholders stand, to develop consensus where it can be achieved, and to craft a common message that will help to advance common policy goals.

Invitees consisted of representatives from federal, state, and local law enforcement associations and agencies; local, state and federal prosecutors, and some organizations with an interest in drug policy. 

Featured speakers at this years event included Acting Director Tom Brandon, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg, Drug Enforcement Administration; and Attorney General Jeff Sessions who provided the Keynote Address.

Representing HAPCOA was Manny Ovalle, National Board Sgt at Arms and Captain Joe Perez (Prince Georges County Police Department), HAPCOA National Capitol Region Chapter – President.

 
 
Sep
14

HAPCOA San Antonio Chapter Supports Port Aransas PD After Hurricane Harvey

God provides us time; it’s how we choose to manage our time.

As soon as Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25, 2017 in Port Aransas, Texas we knew
immediately that San Antonio HAPCOA and other organizations needed to step in and assist the Gulf
Coast. We made phone calls right away and communicated with Chief Burroughs, Sherri West (Chief of
Communications) and Corporal Amy Jamison of Port Aransas, Texas Police Department.

Volunteers from Judson ISD Police, VFW Post 4676 located in Universal City, VFW Post 12041 located in
Lytle, Texas, Friends for Fisher House and Nardis teamed up on August 31, 2017. These organizations
filled a 16 foot trailer with cleaning products, personal hygiene items and law enforcement supplies
between 6pm-9pm.

On September 2, 2017 we departed San Antonio, Texas and arrived into their city and it was
unrecognizable. Sorrow filled our hearts as we saw the devastation that Hurricane Harvey brought to
the Islanders that lost everything (their homes, vehicle, businesses, etc…) including the Port Aransas
Police Department who were displaced due to serge that flooded their headquarters and equipment
(2 fire trucks and I believe 2 units including communications equipment and MDT’s) Several law
enforcement officers were seen at the Command Center and throughout the entire Island working over
12-16 hour shifts.

We never knew that any law enforcement agency would be so happy to see a few boxes of new socks,
dry-fit under shirts, new tactical pants, cell phone battery charges, heavy duty gloves, eye protectors,
breathing mask and balls caps. Thanks to HAPCOA San Antonio for a $500 donation, VFW Post 4676 for
a $2000 donation and Nardis for uniforms. We as a team made this happen.

We departed the Police Department that morning and made our way to serve our Veterans, their
families and the community of Port Aransas, Texas. We went down there to be a blessing to this
community and help them get back on their feet. At that time we realized this will take longer than just
one trip. Our goal is to continue to support their effort to rebuild by going there once or twice a month
to assist in any way we can.

I attached some pictures that were taken that weekend and would like to share with our HAPCOA
professional organization.  It was a total team effort and we will continue to rebuild homes and
businesses in Port Aransas, Texas and the Gulf area because we are “Texas Strong!”

 
 
Aug
10

HAPCOA Joins IACP “One Mind Campaign”

(Washington, DC)  HAPCOA National Board members, 1st Vice President Rich Rosa and Executive Director Tony Chapa, visited with senior members of the International Association of Chief of Police (IACP) at their headquarters in Alexandria, VA.  They were briefed on the “One Mind Campaign” and agreed to support this effort as a “Partnering Association” along with NOBLE and the Major City Chief Association.  The Campaign will work to improve police response to persons affected by mental illness.

Please visit the IACP website for additional details and information on how your department can join the campaign and for additonal information on current training sessions offered on the topic: 

http://www.theiacp.org/onemindcampaign?utm_source=Informz&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Informz+Email

 

IACP “One Mind Campaign “ Partnering Associations

National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
Major Cities Chiefs Association
Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association

 
 
Aug
4

HAPCOA Presents Aguila Azul Award in Baton Rouge

(Baton Rouge)  One-year after an unprovoked attack on members of the Baton Rouge Police Department and the East Baton Rouge Sheriffs Office, HAPCOA presented its Aguila Azul National Recognition Award to the men and women of these departments.  This award was presented in recognition of the entire departments internal strength and dedication to the community that they serve.  HAPCOA commended the agencies for their professionalism and untiring service while challenged by an unprovoked assault on its officers which resulted in the death of its officers.

HAPCOA National Treasurer Clarence "CJ" Jorf, representing HAPCOA's membership, traveled to Baton Rouge and presented the HAPCOA awards at a special ceremony held at the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office.  Receiving the HAPCOA Aguila Azul awards were East Baton Rouge Sheriff Gautreaux and Sgt Coppola of the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Last July HAPCOA awarded it Aguila Azul Awards to the men and women of the Dallas Police Department and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department who also suffered the lost of its officers also during an unprovoked assault.

 
 
Aug
3

HAPCOA Attends NOBLE Annual Training Conference

(Atlanta)  The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) held its 41st Annual Training Conference and Exhibition this past July 29 – August 2, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta, GA.  Officially representing HAPCOA and recognized at this year’s event was HAPCOA Atlanta Chapter President Yessyka Santana, Special Agent in Charge, US Department of Education (OIG), Investigation Services, Atlanta, GA.

SAC Santana met with NOBLE National President Perry Tarrant, who serves as Seattle Police Department Assistant Chief of Police.  HAPCOA and NOBLE pledged to continue supporting of each other’s national mission and objectives.  NOBLE presently serves 3,000 members worldwide.

The HAPCOA Atlanta Chapter, with support from the Brookhaven Police Department, recently hosted its first Law Enforcement Networking event (go to their Twitter page:  @atlantahapcoa for details and great photos).

HAPCOA Atlanta Chapter President Yessyka Santana and NOBLE National President Perry Tarrant

 
 
Jul
25

HAPCOA and Trinity University Co-Sponsor Historic MOU Signing Event with Panama’s Vice Minister of Public Security

(San Antonio)  The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) in partnership with the Trinity University Police Department in San Antonio co-sponsored the first ever signing of ceremonial Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) supporting the creation of an international alliance in support of each others law enforcement mission.

Welcoming and opening of the MOU signing event was Chief Paul Chapa (HAPCOA Board Member and former National President), also welcoming all to the event was Trinity University President Dr. Danny J. Anderson.

Addressing the issues of international law enforcement and the need for the creation of stronger alliances with Police Agencies was the Honorable, Jonattan Del Rosario, Vice Minister of Public Security, Republic of Panama.

Among the VIPs attending the event included Panamanian Ambassador Juan Sosa, Consul General, Houston, TX; US Ambassador Oliver P. Garza; Major General Freddy Valenzuela, US Army (retired); Chief Deputy Don Tijerina, Bexar County Sheriffs Office; Assistant Chief Anthony Trevino, San Antonio Police Department; Assistant Chief Pete Perez, Trinity University Police Department and Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz, Bexar County Sheriffs Office (retired).

Representing the Panamanian National Police included:  Commissioner Ovidio Fuentes Concepcion, Director, Office of Institutional Directorate on Public Security; Commissioner Alonzo Vega Pino, Deputy Director, Panamanian National Police; and Commissioner Julio Lasso, Inspector General, Panamanian National Police.

The Master of Ceremony for the occasion was HAPCOA Executive Director Anthony Chapa.  The MOU signing event was held in the Fiesta Room at Trinity University and was attended by over 40 individuals. 

Three Memorandums of Understanding were signed with Vice Minister Del Rosario.  The signatories of the MOU’s included:  Sheriff Javier Salazar, as National Vice President of HAPCOA; Chief William McManus, on behalf of the San Antonio Police Department; and Chief Paul Chapa, on behalf of the Trinity University Police Department and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

Invitations were made by the Panamanian Government to HAPCOA and attending agencies to visit Panama for a full tour of its law enforcement operations.

Many thanks to both the HAPCOA Panama Chapter and the HAPCOA San Antonio Chapter for collaborating on this historic international law enforcement MOU signing event.


Chief Paul Chapa welcomes Panamanian Vice Minister Jonattan Del Rosario to Trinity University


Sheriff Salazar signs HAPCOA MOU with Panamanian Vice Minister


SAPD Chief McManus signs MOU with Panamanian Vice Minister


Chief Chapa exchanges MOU with Panamanian Vice Minister


HAPCOA co-sponsors Law Enforcement MOU signing event


Commissioner Vega, US Ambassador Garza, Vice Minister Del Rosario, Panamanian Ambassador Sosa, Commissioner Fuentes and Commissioner Lasso attend MOU event


HAPCOA Executive Director Chapa serves as Master of Ceremony

 
 
Jul
20

HAPCOA Member Selected as new Chief of Police in Fayetteville

Congratulations to HAPCOA Atlanta Chapter, 2nd VP, Gina Hawkins who was selected to serve as the new Chief of Police of the Fayetteville, NC Police Department. 

Gina previously served as the Chief Deputy in Clayton County, GA .

Here is the link to the great news:  http://abc11.com/news/fayetteville-names-gina-hawkins-as-new-police-chief/2155455/

 
 
May
30

HAPCOA Supports First Police Attachés World Congress

(Washington, DC)  The Association of Police Attachés of Latin America (APALA) and the International Law Enforcement Attaches Organization (ILEA), with the support of the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA), held its First Police Attachés World Congress in Washington, DC at the Mexican Cultural Institute, on Thursday, May 25, 2017.

Those providing opening remarks included Ambassador Geronimo Gutierrez Fernandez of the Embassy of Mexico, Commissioner General Manelich Castilla Craviotto of the Mexican Federal Police (Mexico City), Commissioner Nicolas Gonzalez (President of APALA), Mexican Federal Police Attaché and Pierre-Edouard Colliex (President of ILEA), Europol Attaché. Over 40 police liaison officers and Attaches attended this event representing Latin America and Embassy’s in Washington, DC from around the world.  Also attending were members of several US law enforcement agencies to include the DC Metropolitan Police Department, the Prince Georges County Police Department, the Maryland Department of State, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and many others.  Also attending were members of HAPCOA and the National Latino Law Enforcement Association (NLPOA).

The program included three outstanding law enforcement briefings regarding post investigation reviews on significant and high profile international cases.  Presenting case reviews included members of the FBI Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties unit and its Art Theft Program of its Criminal Investigations Division who discussed several major art theft cases.  EUROPOL presented a review of ‘Operation Cedar’ which was an international money laundering case involving 6 countries which ended as a terrorist financing case.  Commissioner Perrin, of the Mexican Federal Police, made the final presentation wherein he reviewed operational details regarding the chase and capture of the notorious “Chapo” Guzman.

HAPCOA Executive Director Anthony Chapa was recognized and presented with an event certificate of appreciation for his help and support in organizing this year’s First Police Attachés World Congress.  The HAPCOA National Capitol Region Chapter raised funds in support of this event.

Following the presentations a reception was held within the Mexican Cultural Institute, which provided an opportunity for attendees to liaison and make additional contacts.


Opening Ceremony: First Police Attachés World Congress, Washington, DC


Mexican Federal Police Commissioner Nicolas Perrin, Commissioner General Manelich Castilla Craviotto and HAPCOA Executive Director A. Chapa


ALALA members from El Salvador, Panama and Ecuador exchange stories


HAPCOA Executive Director Chapa and Dr.John McLaughlin representing NLPOA

 
 
May
22

HAPCOA Represented at 2017 National Police Week, Legacy of Honor Gala and Candlelight Vigil


HAPCOA 1st VP Richard Rosa and HAPCOA NCR Chapter President Joe Perez

On Friday, May 12, 2017, HAPCOA NCR President Joe Perez and I represented HAPCOA at the annual Legacy of Honor Gala held in the Ronald Reagan building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.

This year’s Master of Ceremony was Greta Van Susteren, a big advocate of law enforcement.  The President and CEO of the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) Craig Floyd was present, former US Attorney General John Ashcroft, currently serving as the Chairman of the Memorial Fund and FLEOA President Jon Adler serving as the Memorial Fund Vice Chair to name a few.

The focus of this event is to recognize individuals, corporation and organizations that tell the American Law Enforcement story as well as help to raise funds for the NLEOMF.  On such group recognized for its continued support is the Police Unity Tour.  Founded in New Jersey, the Police Unity Tour help to raise awareness of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices.  At this year’s gala it was announced the Police Unity Tour has raised nearly 23 million dollars to date for the NLEOMF.  The Motorola Corporation has also donated 18 million dollars towards the construction of the museum.  The museum is set to open in the fall of 2018.  Also in attendance was National President Cindy Rodriguez of the National Latino Peace Officers Association.

On Saturday, May 13, 2017, the Candlelight Vigil was held.  Despite the cool weather and overcast skies this event is probably one of the most somber as the nation pauses to recognize its fallen heroes who died to protect the lives of American public.  Law Enforcement agencies from across the United States, its territories and from around the world were in attendance.

Present at the Candle Light Vigil DHS Secretary John Kelly.  He spoke, “Our fallen are not forgotten and will not be forgotten.  We set this night to honor and remember.”  He mentioned how Law Enforcement Officers, “Put the welfare of others before your own.  As LEOS you run toward the danger and not away from it.  The US Attorney General John Ashcroft stated, “We mourn today.  Each of these officers is more than just a name etched in stone.  We celebrate these heroes…for what they did and what they stood for.  We have your back and you have ours, thanks.”  

One hundred and forty-three officers were either assassinated or killed in the line of duty in 2016.  One is too much.  What we have today is disrespect for law enforcement and abandonment for the rule of law.  Let us not have a repeat in the years to come.

Submitted by:
Richard Rosa
1st VP HAPCOA
National Board

 
 
May
22

HAPCOA Participates in Law Enforcement Roundtable; House Committee on Homeland Security

(Washington, DC)  The Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications and Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence held a joint roundtable with representatives of law enforcement on Thursday, May 18th at the Longworth House Office Building in Washington, DC.  The purpose of the meeting was to present to members of the committee a law enforcement perspective of the Department of Homeland Security’s outreach to State and local law enforcement.  The findings of this roundtable would be used to inform a future joint hearing the Subcommittees plan to hold with representatives from DHS.

Members of Congress present during the roundtable included: Representing the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications: Ranking Member Donald M. Payne (NJ-10); Member John Rutherford (FL-4).  Representing the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence:  Ranking Member Kathleen M. Rice (NY-4); Will Hurd (TX-23) and Shelia Jackson Lee (TX-18).

Invited members of the law enforcement community and also representing law enforcement associations included: Chuck Dewitt, Major City Chiefs Association; Assistant Chief Perry Tarrant, NOBLE; Sheriff Paul Laney, Cass County, ND; Jonathan Thompson, National Sheriffs Association; Sheriff Richard Stanek, Major County Sheriffs Association; Sheriff Jim McDonnell, Los Angeles Sheriffs Department; Lt Wayne Bilowit, Los Angeles Sheriffs Department; James Baker, International Association of Chiefs of Police and Anthony Chapa, Executive Director, HAPCOA.

A reception followed this meeting and contact was made with visiting Members of Congress and many senior staff members of the noted Congressional subcommittees.  HAPCOA made with Member J. Luis Correa (CA-46) representing the Subcommittee on Border & Maritime Security.


HAPCOA Executive Director Anthony Chapa and NOBLE President Perry Tarrant.


A Chapa, HAPCOA; Sheriff Paul Laney; Sheriff Jim McDonnell; and Assistant Chief Tarrant.