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Local Hispanic American Police Command Officers’ Association Chapter FormedSeveral Hispanic Prince George’s County Command Officers met with the National Executive Director of the Hispanic American Police Command Officers’ Association (HAPCOA), Anthony M. Chapa, in order to establish a local chapter. The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, established in 1973, is the oldest and largest association in the U.S. of Hispanic American command officers from law enforcement and criminal justice agencies at all levels of government. With members in hundreds of agencies across the United States, Puerto Rico and Panama, many of whom are active in local chapters, HAPCOA is a national organization with a local presence.HAPCOA offers its members professional development opportunities through an annual national training conference. Each year at the conference, HAPCOA recognizes the extraordinary contributions of individuals and organizations through its Aguila Awards program. In addition, membership in HAPCOA offers an information-sharing and support network for all Hispanics in law enforcement.With the approval of HAPCOA’s national board, the Hispanic American Police Command Officers’ Association, National Capitol Region (HAPCOA NCR) was established in August 2014. HAPCOA NCR operates under the leadership and guidance of the Hispanic American Police Command Officers’ Association and within its bylaws. At the helm of the new organization is Lieutenant Joe Perez as President. Serving on the executive board of directors are Vice President, Major Cesar Pacheco, Secretary, Captain Oscar Rodriguez Jr, Treasurer, Lieutenant Alex Maldonado, and Sergeant at Arms, Mike Rodriguez. HAPCOA NCR’s main goal is to mentor Hispanic American men and women in their progress through the ranks in order to better prepare them for executive command level positions within the law enforcement field. HAPCOA NCR members serve as positive professional role models to aspiring law enforcement officers. Another objective of HAPCOA NCR is to help law enforcement agencies and criminal justice systems develop focused strategies to recruit, retain, and promote Hispanic Americans. Through partnerships with government agencies and community involvement, these goals can be attained.This year, HAPCOA NCR, HNLEA, the United Black Police Officers’ Association (UBPOA), El Zol 107.9 radio station, and the Prince George’s County Police Department will work together to provide families with much needed food during the Christmas holidays. Events like this show that even during these tough economic times, people manage to pull together to support those less fortunate. Last year, distributing over one thousand food baskets far exceeded HNLEA’s expectations, and serves as a testament to the human spirit displayed by many of our police officers, business owners, and community members who now help prepare and distribute the food baskets. HAPCOA NCR hopes to continue in the effort to do what is needed to enhance the lives of others.
HAPCOA, the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, established in 1973, is the oldest and largest association in the U.S. of Hispanic American command officers from law enforcement and criminal justice agencies at the municipal, county, state and federal levels.
P.O. Box 766 Cheltenham, Maryland 20623 WWW.HAPCOANCR.ORG 240-303-2092