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Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Effort

Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Effort55 pallets of food, clothing, supplies and an additional 30 thousand pounds of donations collected in Virginia.(Hyattsville, MD) Several HAPCOA members participated in a successful food drive, Thursday, October 6, 2017 from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. in support of the natural disasters that transpired in Puerto Rico and Mexico. This initiative by HNLEA members (Hispanic National Law Enforcement Association) was held in Hyattsville, Maryland located in Prince Georges County and in Alexandria, VA. The food drive was held in front of the Mega Mart food stores - a long time sponsor and major contributor to community outreach endeavors. ABC News 7, News Channel 8 and radio station 107.9 El Zol were present and broadcasted live from the Hyattsville, MD location. Members of UBPOA (United Black Police Officers Association) collected donations and helped make the event a success. A group of Salvadorian Police Officers attending training here in the U.S. provided outstanding entertainment in the form of live music. They played music from the Beatles, Columbian and Mexican cumbias.Today's excellent example of giving demonstrates that community police relationships work because of the liaison established in both the commercial and the residential neighborhoods over a period of time said Miguel Core, HNLEA - Vice President). Several local area news reporters interviewed Luis E. Borunda (Deputy Secretary of State for Maryland), PG County Police Command Staff (Assistant Chief Hector Velez and Captain Joe Perez - HAPCOA NCR President), Richard Rosa (HAPCOA - 1st VP National Board), Luis Rodriguez (Executive Director - Hispanic National Law Enforcement Association in Baltimore, MD), Alex Zunca (Executive Director in Washington, DC for the Association for Police Attaches in Latin America), Thomas Boone (President United Black Police Officers Association), and police officers from various agencies, volunteers and donors. As a result of local media communicating the food drive locations in Hyattsville, MD and Alexandria, VA the positive response from the community yielded a collection of 39 pallets of food, supplies and clothing; in addition, the Fauquier County Sheriffs, Virginia collected and donated 30 thousand pounds of food and much needed supplies. CASA De Maryland has graciously set up a donation location for the Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief effort at 8151 15th Avenue Langley Park MD.

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.

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