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Nov. 13-16, 2023 in San Antonio TX at the Hotel Valencia! Book Now

President’s Letter

I am truly blessed and privileged to again be of service as your National President this year as we proudly celebrate the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association’s (HAPCOA) 50th anniversary in 2023!

During my 30 years of service, I have witnessed positives and negatives and ups and downs; but one significant area of my career which has been a source of pride and joy throughout, has been my membership in HAPCOA. I shall never forget all those who have come before, giving of themselves and making this the premier Hispanic Police Command organization in existence, and I intend that this association will be properly positioned to excel for the next 50 years and beyond. Understanding the continuing evolution of our profession and the world, working alongside our National Board, I pledge to keep our organization relevant and adaptable to meet the needs all of our members, from the newest to the most “experienced”. Just as our communities and nation are made of many diverse people and cultures, our association is comprised of many different types of agencies with many missions, and I will strive to listen; communicate; and represent all interests to the best of my ability.

We are stronger together, not only as an association, but working cooperatively with the numerous affinity groups and other law enforcement associations we have partnered with in the past, and I will ensure we continue those valued partnerships to further the ideals and beliefs we all share.

Recognizing the tremendous future potential of our international efforts, this year our first HAPCOA Ambassador for International Relations was appointed to champion and manage the continually increasing growth of HAPCOA reach across international boundaries. Our Ambassador will coordinate with exiting chapters and supporters and provide updates to the Executive Board on happenings throughout the international arena.

Please join us November 13-16, 2023 in San Antonio, Texas at the Valencia Hotel for our National Symposium for training, networking and reinvigorating our commitments to mentoring the future of law enforcement and celebrate our 50th anniversary.

Don Tijerina
Chief of Police, Southside ISD Police Department
HAPCOA National President