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HAPCOA Attends 2019 National Police Week Activities

May 15, 2019

(Washington, DC)  The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) was invited to attend a number of special events celebrating National Police Week in our Nation’s Capitol.  

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation that designated May 15thPeace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.  Each year since tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events, receptions and meetings with honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

This year the Director of the FBI held a (by invitation only) reception for law enforcement executives and leaders of law enforcement association to attend its first Law Enforcement reception at FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC.  This event included a tour of the FBI Experience Museum and comments by FBI Director Christopher A. Wray. Representing HAPCOA at this reception included Rich Rosa, Immediate Past National President, Chief Paul Chapa, Past National President, and Tony Chapa, Executive Director.

FBI Director Wray addresses the Police Week Reception.

HAPCOA representatives also meet with attending members of the IACP, National Latino Peace Officers Association, NOBLE, HOLA, NLLEO and others.

Tony Chapa, Chief Paul Cell, IACP National President, Chief Paul Chapa and Rich Rosa, Immediate Past President, HAPCOA at FBI HQ reception.

Tony Chapa, Rich Rosa and Chief Vera Bumpers, National President of NOBLE and Dwayne Crawford, Executive Director, NOBLE.

Paul Chapa, Roy Garivey, NLPOA National Board, Rich Rosa and Tony Chapa

Tony Chapa, Phil Keith, Director of the DOJ/COPS Program, and Rich Rosa.


HAPCOA representatives attended the 31st Annual Candlelight Vigil, which was held on Monday, May 13, 2019 on the National Mall.  The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial sponsored the event.

Chief Paul Chapa, Trinity University Police Department, San Antonio, TX visits the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial wall and creates a rubbing of the inscribed name of his fallen officer.

Chief Paul Chapa and Tony Chapa visit the NLEMO wall on behalf of HAPCOA.

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