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August 11, 2014

(Panama City, Panama)  With the approval of the HAPCOA National Board, HAPCOA members assigned to the US Embassy Panama form the US Embassy Panama Chapter.  This is the first HAPCOA Chapter established in support of its growing membership who are assigned to diplomatic posts overseas.  HAPCOA is to open to forming additional chapters in US Embassy’s throughout Latin America.

The US Embassy Panama Chapter leadership was sworn-in on Friday, August 8, 2014 by long time HAPCOA member Roberto L. Hylton, former Chief of Police, Prince Georges County, MD where he served for nearly 30 years.  Chief Hylton, a Panama native, is the first Panamanian-American to hold a Chief of Police post in the United States.  Also attending the event and representing the HAPCOA National Board was Anthony Chapa, Executive Director.

Pictured are Eric Moncayo, Panama Chapter President and Chief Hylton.

The newly named leadership of the Panama Chapter includes:  Eric Moncayo, Chapter President & CBP Attache; Christian Rivera, Vice President & OSI Special Agent/Force Protection Detail; David Wattley, Secretary & Retired FBI Senior Special Agent; Roberto Samuels, Treasurer & Force Protection Detail (retired SFC US Army); and Esteban Blis, Sergant at Arms & Retired SSG US Army.  Additional HAPCOA members and supporting members will be recruited from the Embassy Law Enforcement community and will also include command level members of the Panamanian National Police Force.

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