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HAPCOA Names 2018 National Board at 44th Annual Training Symposium

May 7, 2018

(Los Angeles)  The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) elected and promoted its 2018 National Board at the conclusion of its 44th Annual National Law Enforcement Training Symposium in Los Angeles, CA this past May 2, 2018.

During the HAPCOA membership meeting, held on April 30, 2018, an election was held to elect its newest 4th Vice President (representing a federal agency).  The result of the election ended with the election of Ivan Acosta, Special Agent, Senior Representative of the USMC, Pentagon, Washington, DC.  Also during the membership meeting incoming National President Richard Rosa announced he would appoint Mary Ruiz, Senior Special Agent (retired), IRS-CID, of the San Antonio Chapter, to the position of Director at Large.

The 2018 HAPCOA National Board of HAPCOA is:

  • Richard Rosa                        National President
  • Chief Tina Nieto                   Immediate Past National President
  • John Torres                          President Emeritus
  • Chief Teresa Ramon             1st Vice President
  • Steve Noguera                     2nd Vice President
  • Sheriff Javier Salazar           3rd Vice President
  • Ivan Acosta                          4th Vice President
  • Clarence Jorif                       National Treasurer
  • Manny Ovalle                       Sergeant-at –Arms
  • Roger Lozano                       National Secretary
  • Rolando Belmares                Parliamentarian/Historian
  • Mary Ruiz                              Director at Large
  • Anthony Chapa                     Executive Director
  • Mary Cox                               Event Coordinator

This year’s National Law Enforcement Training Symposium, entitled  “Empowering the Future of Law Enforcement with Continuing Training, Innovation and Emerging Technology”, included several featured speakers to include as its Opening Keynote Jorge “George” Villegas, Assistant Chief – Director, Office of Administration Services, Los Angeles Police Department.  Welcoming remarks were also present by Sheriff Jim McDonnell, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and also by TV Actor Wilmer Valderrama of the NCIS television show.

Eddie Rivero, Assistant Sheriff, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department presented the Aguila Award Luncheon Keynote.  The closing ceremony speaker was Carmen “Nuch” Trutanich, former City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles.

The HAPCOA training sessions offered this year included two roundtable discussions.  The first one was on “Emerging Trends in Investigative Analytics” moderated by Richard Garcia, Assistant Director in Charge (retired), FBI.  The second was on “Sexual Harassment in Law Enforcement: Emerging Trends and Lessons Learned” moderated by Jill Serrano, Assistant Sheriff, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

Other training sessions offered included the IACP “One Mind Campaign” and the “High-Tech First Responders Wellness” course.  Also “Lessons from Military Law Enforcement Organizations for Leading Diverse and High Functioning Teams” presented by the NCIS; and, “Dynamics of MAGNUS Leadership” by Dr Mitch Javidi.  The FBI also presented the “FBI Next Generation Identification (NGI) Systems”.

At the closing ceremony, incoming National President Rich Rosa, announced that the 45th Annual HAPCOA National Law Enforcement Training Symposium would be held at a date to be determined in May 2019 in Baltimore, MD.

2018 HAPCOA National Board


Executive Director Chapa, Wilmer Valderrama, and 2017 National President Chief Nieto

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