HAPCOA Member named Secretary of the Department of Public Security (DSP) in Puerto Rico

(San Juan)  HAPCOA is proud to announce and support the nomination of Mr. Pedro “Pete” Janer, by Puerto Rico’s Governor Wanda Vazquez Garced, to the position of Secretary, Department of Public Security.  Janer replaces Elmer Ramon who was named as the new Secretary of State.

The DSP is the umbrella organization that agglomerates the law enforcement and emergency response agencies of the government of Puerto Rico. The department was formed on April 10, 2017, when then governor Ricardo Rosselló signed the law to unify all safety agencies. All agencies are bureaus of the department. 

The following agencies are under the umbrella organization of the department..  All of these agencies have their own director or commissioner: 

Secretary Janer retired from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and served as DEA’s Caribbean Operations Acting Special Agent in Charge.  Janer retired with nearly 30 years of service.

HAPCOA wishes Secretary Janer all the best in his new leadership position.


Puerto Rico’s Governor Vazquez nominates Pedro “Pete” Janer

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HAPCOA Attends 3rd Annual Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Policing.

(Washington, DC) The 3rd Annual Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Policing was held on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 in the Department of Justice Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Attorney General William P. Barr recognized 19 law enforcement officers from across the country for their outstanding work in the following categories:  Criminal Investigations, Field Operations, and Innovations in Community Policing.

“Honoring and supporting the work of law enforcement officers and deputies is a top priority for the Trump Administration, and today is an opportunity for me to personally express my gratitude and commitment to those who risk their lives daily to protect our communities,” said Attorney General Barr.

Attorney General Barr recognized the family members present and that their sacrifice is not forgotten. “To my mind there is no more noble profession than serving as a law enforcement officer.  You put your life and well-being on the line to protect your communities. And your families spend anxious nights, night after night, so the rest of us can sleep in peace.” The Attorney General stated that policing is a difficult job today more than ever.  He addressed how drugs has manifested itself in society, the problem of violent crimes and how law enforcement officers are expected to deal with societal problems because other people may not be doing their jobs.

Richard Rosa (Immediate Past President-HAPCOA), Marcia C. Ferranto (CEO NLEOM) and Dwayne A. Crawford (Exec. Dir. NOBLE)


HAPCOA Attends ABA National Summit on Firearms Violence

(Washington, DC)  The American Bar Association (ABA), Standing Committee on Gun Violence, held an executive summit to address the epidemic of firearms violence in America. This meeting was held on November 19, 2019 at ABA National Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Opening remarks were provided by Judy Perry-Martinez, President of the ABA (2019-2020).  The ABA hosted thought leaders from over 70 professional associations who were specifically invited to attend a daylong event to discuss issues related to firearms violence.  Discussions were lead within roundtable groups who represented legal, medical, education, policy and law enforcement concerns.

Invited professional associations to this summit included (among many others):

American Bar Association (ABA)
American College of Physicians
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
American Medical Association (AMA)
American Psychological Association (APA)
American Public Health Association (APHA)
American Prosecuting Attorneys (APA)
The Council of State Governments (CSG)
Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)
National Bar Association (NBA)
National District Attorney Association (NDAA)
National Education Association (NEA)
National Medial Association (NMA)
The United States Conference of Mayors

Law enforcement associations invited to attend and support this summit included:

The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA)
International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)
International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
National Association of School Resource Officers
National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE)
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
National Police Foundation (NPF)
Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)

This summit resulted in a call for continued talks with respect to the invited associations that in total represent over half a million professionals (lawyers, doctors, educator, law enforcement executives and Mayors) who together may offer a unique perspectives from which true solutions may emerge.

Anthony Chapa, Executive Director, represented HAPCOA at this National Summit.

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Award Nominations Now Accepted:  Deadline February 15, 2020

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 2019 Awards will be recognized and presented their awards on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at the HAPCOA 46th Annual National Law Enforcement Training Symposium – Aguila Awards Luncheon to be held in San Antonio, TX.


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.


There are the Medallion Award Categories:

  • Harris Technology  Award (Plaque): presented to an individual or task force who used advanced technology to investigate and solve significant criminal cases.
  • Gold Medal of Valor Award: presented to an individual, who while on official duty, performed beyond the call, exemplifying courage and boldness.
  • Silver Medal for Meritorious Conduct: presented to an individual, who has performed meritorious work in law enforcement.
  • Bronze Medal for Community Service: 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. This 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.


Nominee(s) must be sworn law enforcement officer from any federal, state, county, university or local law enforcement agency within the United States. Nominations must be submitted by an active member of HAPCOA, who must provide all pertinent information on the nominee. Nomination must involve an incident occurring within the last year. Nomination submissions are currently being accepted through February 15, 2020, and should be submitted via the HAPCOA Awards website page (www.hapcoa.org).

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HAPCOA Medals created and donated by Shimon Elbaz, Entenmann-Rovin Badge Company of Los Angeles, CA.


HAPCOA Supports DHS Women in Law Enforcement Mentoring Program

(Washington DC) HAPCOA offers its support of the DHS Women in Law Enforcement Mentoring Program.  Forwarded is a message from Michelle McGriff, WLE Mentoring Program Manager, DHS:

We are happy to announce that the DHS Women in Law Enforcement Mentoring Program will continue.   The application period will open on November 18, 2019 and close, December 9, 2019. Mentor and mentee matches will be announced January 16, 2020.

As colleagues and partners, we are seeking your assistance in securing members of your organization to serve as mentors to DHS employee mentees. If your members are interested in serving as mentors, please instruct them to complete and submit the attached mentor application to WLEMentoring@hq.dhs.gov.

The Kick-Off Meeting for the WLE Mentoring Program will be held Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm (EST) at CRCL, 131 M Street NE, Sixth Floor, Washington, D.C.  For those unable to attend in person, the meeting will also be available through Adobe Connect.

For questions, and web access to the application, please contact Michelle McGriff, WLE Mentoring Program Manager, Departmental Special Emphasis Program Manager/Federal Women’s Program Manager, DHS 

Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties via Michelle.McGriff@hq.dhs.gov or (202) 357-1261

We appreciate your support for this important initiative.

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HAPCOA and LALEY Sponsor a Professional Development Seminar


HAPCOA and GAHLEP Attend Dominican National Police Event

(Santo Domingo) The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) and the Global Alliance of Hispanic Law Enforcement Professionals

(GAHLEP) were invited as special guests of Director General Ney Aldrin D/JS. Bautista Almonte, of the Dominican National Police, to attend their annual National Police Ceremony, held at Our Lady of Incarnation Cathedral (known as the first Cathedral in America) in Santo Domingo.  The first stone of this historic site was place in 1521 and construction was completed in 1541, the same year it was consecrated during the papacy of the Pope Charles III and the Emperor Charles V was ruling Spain.

`Senior Police Command Officials attended the event from the Dominican National Police, command officers of its military forces, elected officials and members of the diplomatic community filled the cathedral.

Members of HAPCOA and GAHLEP were also invited to attend several meetings with senior command officers of the Dominican National Police, at the Palacio de Policia Nacional, to discuss future liaison projects, training and projected visits to the NYC area.  HAPCOA and GAHLEP were also invited to visit the Academia de la Police and were greeted, provided with a guided tour and lunch with General Eduardo Sanchez, Academic Director. The GAHLEP President Johnny Nunez had previously signed an MOU with the Director of the Dominican National Police with resulted in this high level invitation.

Meetings also included a visit to the Cuerpo Especializado en Seguridad Aeroporturia y de la Aviacion Civil (CESAR).  General Aracenis Castillo de la Cruz greeted HAPCOA and GAHLEP and provided them with a tour of its facilities.

Representing HAPCOA was Anthony Chapa, Executive Director. Representing GAHLEP was Lieutenant Coronal Ivan De La Cruz of the Dominican National Police (assigned to liaison duties within the NYPD Intelligence Bureau) and Alberto De La Rosa, Logistics Officer of GAHLEP for the Dominican Republic.

Director General Bautista address all present at the annual Cathedral event.

Pictured in front of the Palacio Policia Nacional:  Alberto De La Rosa, Anthony Chapa and Ivan De La Cruz.

Visiting the DR National Police Academy with General Sanchez (center).

Presenting General Aracenis Castillo de la Cruz with the HAPCOA Lapel Pin.


HAPCOA Partners with the Variety Television Network (VTN)

HAPCOA is now partnering with a TV show that will give us exposure to a national television audience. Our new partner is Variety Television Network, the production company for the upcoming Stu and Laurie Variety Hour.

The program will feature family-friendly variety entertainment including comedy, dance numbers, big-name music guests, games and giveaways, and a whole lot more! You can learn more about it on the VTN website [link to https://vtncommerceclub.com/#home]. 


The TV show will also highlight causes that make a positive difference in our communities. HAPCOA will be one of the featured causes. This will be a powerful platform for raising awareness and money for our mission and programs.

In addition, VTN will integrate the TV show with a commerce website where club members can win cash and prizes every week while getting exclusive discounts on products and services offered on the site.


HAPCOA members and their families can go to the website and sign up to become a club member. HAPCOA believes that you will be glad you did. Here’s why:

  • You will get exclusive discounts on products and services only available to club members

  • You are eligible to win cash and prizes each week 

  • You will be part of the community supporting HAPCOA and other worthy causes

  • You can earn $25 for every friend you refer who also becomes a member

  • When you sign up now, you get an extra year of membership for FREE

This is truly an innovative way of combining entertainment with shopping to make a difference. We hope you will join us in the fun. Sign up now by following this link [link to https://vtncommerceclub.com/shopper-signup/].  



HAPCOA Members Recognized at GAHLEP International Award Gala

(New York)  The Global Alliance of Hispanic Law Enforcement Professionals (GAHLEP) sponsored its 7th Annual International Law Enforcement Awards & Dinner Dance, Saturday, October 5, 2019 in Astoria, NY.  Over 400 guests that included executive members of the NYPD, area municipal law enforcement, international police command officials, police associations and members of the community attended this event.

GAHLEP provided recognition awards in several categories to include:  NYPD Hispanic Law Enforcement Awards; GAHLEP Special Awards; National Hispanic Law Enforcement Awards; and GAHLEP International Awards.  

Two members of the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) were recognized by GAHLEP in the Special Awards category.   HAPCOA’s Executive Director Tony Chapa was recognized by GAHLEP with its ‘Man of the Year Award’ and HAPCOA member Victor Avila (ICE Special Agent, retired) was awarded with the GAHLEP ‘Heroism Award’.

GAHLEP Senior Advisor and retired NYPD Deputy Chief Manuel De La Rosa received the ‘Member of the Year Award’.  Chief De La Rosa provided the Aguila Award Keynote address at the HAPCOA Aguila Award Luncheon in Baltimore, MD this past May 1st 2019.

HAPCOA members who attended this event included HAPCOA National Board Sgt at Arms Manny Ovalle; HAPCOA members: Victor Avila (Dallas), Jamie Solis (Miami) and Esteban Blis (Panama).  A special HAPCOA table and congratulatory posting was provided by Ms Dawn Alta Rehrig, President, LPL Financial (a long-time supporter of HAPCOA). Sgt Johnny Nunez, President of GAHLEP recognized HAPCOA as a special sponsor of the event.

The GAHLEP is a professional organization that supports the NYPD and the greater Hispanic Community. The mission of GAHLEP is to improve the individual and collective proficiency of their members in the performance of their duties and to encourage fraternal, educational, charitable and social activities among their members.

On May 1st, 2019 HAPCOA and GAHLEP signed, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) supporting each association’s greater mission, goals and objectives.

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GAHLEP Board members and international police award winners from Panama, Honduras, Royal Virgin Islands, and the Dominican Republic.

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HAPCOA members attending the GAHLEP Awards Gala included Tony Chapa (Man of the Year Award), Victor Avila (Heroism Award winner) and Jamie Solis.

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HAPCOA Supporter Dawn Alta Rehrig, President of Wealth Management Strategies, sponsored the HAPCOA VIP table, and is pictured with HAPCOA members Manny Ovalle, National Board Sgt at Arms; Tony Chapa, HAPCOA Executive Director; and Jaime Solis, HAPCOA Member.

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HAPCOA Executive Director Chapa receives the Man of the Year Award flanked by GAHLEP Board members, to include Johnny Nunez, GAHLEP President and Founder.

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Clark Pena, GAHLEP Public Affairs, interviews Chapa for website.


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Honoring Charles “Carlos” Garcia, who passed away on September 22, 2019

Charles “Carlos” Garcia 

With a heavy heart, HAPCOA reports the passing of Charles “Carlos” Garcia, son of HAPCOA member and retired FBI Special Agent in Charge and Assistant Director of the FBI Los Angeles Division Rich, Garcia and his mother Anna Maria Rives. On September 22, 2019, Charles “Carlos” Garcia died in a motorcycle accident in Waco, Texas. Carlos was 38 years old at the time of his death. Carlos Garcia is a U.S. Army veteran. He served with the 47th Combat Support Hospital out of Ft. Lewis, WA from 2003 – 2007, deploying to Iraq from 2005 – 2006. Upon leaving the military, he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Houston Downtown where he maintained a 3.9 GPA. With his degree, he was the program coordinator for “Veterans Behavioral Health Initiative” with Mental Health America of Greater Houston. He would volunteer and mentors’ veterans in the community and, educates, the community at large, in Military Cultural Competency. The goal is a veteran community which, collaborates to bring resources and opportunities to veterans who need it. Carlos saw a need to bring veterans together and taking from experience in Iraq where at the end of the day, his brothers in arms would sit on top of shipping containers, smoke a cigar and drink a beer as they discussed the day’s events. With that concept, a little over 5 years ago, he formed a non- profit called “Cigar Night for Vets”, something he was planning to take nationally. There are chapters in Houston, San Antonio and Austin, Texas. From the beginning of this mission and with just 6 attendees on the first meeting, the event attracts over 200 veterns each month. He touched so many with this program and brought attention to the public about PTSD issues facing veterans. 

The HAPCOA National Board sends our deepest condolences and prayers to the entire Garcia Family.

Funeral Home 

American Heritage Funeral Home
10710 Veterans Memorial Dr.
Houston, Texas

Ph# 281-445-0050 


Houston National Cemetery
10410 Veterans Memorial Dr.
Houston, Texas 

Funeral arrangements are as follows: 

October 7, 2019 – There will be a viewing from 5pm to 8pm 

October 8, 2019 – There will be a service at 10am at the funeral home, followed by a service and Military Honors ceremony at 11:30 am at the cemetery. Upon completion, there will be a social gathering back at the funeral home from 12 noon to 2pm 

Airport - The Cemetery and Funeral Home are approximately 11 miles from Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). William P. Hobby airport (HOU) is located approximately 40 miles from the Cemetery and Funeral Home (Southwest Airlines only flies to Hobby airport) 

Hotel - There is a Hilton Houston North, located 4 miles from the cemetery at 12400 Greenspoint Dr., Houston, Texas Ph# 281-875-2222 (There are other hotels close by) 

Family addresses are as follows:

Cards and expressions of sympathy may be sent to: 

Richard and Nan Garcia
16115 Lockdale Ln.
Cypress, Texas 77429 

Anna Maria Rives
715 Wheatland Dr.
McGregor, Texas 76657 

Additional Information will be available this weekend thorough a website link provided by the funeral home. Also, Carlos was passionate about some of the veteran organizations in Houston and we will post them on the website link. We are requesting for donations to these organizations in lieu of flowers. Thanks