SAHCC Member To Host National Law Enforcement Event In San Antonio

The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) returns to San Antonio, TX to host its 42nd Annual National Law Enforcement Training Symposium and Exhibit Fair at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel from November 17 to November 19, 2015.  The event is expected to attract over 200 of the highest ranked Hispanic Law Enforcement Officers from around the nation and Latin America.  These senior Law Enforcement officials represent municipal, county, state, university and federal agencies to include the FBI, Secret Service, NCIS, ATF, CBP, ICE, DEA, Air Force OSI, Postal Inspection Service, US Marshal Service, Federal Air Marshal Service, TSA, Homeland Security and the Offices of Inspector’s General.

The theme of this years HAPCOA symposium is  “Hispanic Policing in the 21st Century:  Communication, Trust, and Inclusion”.  The three-day training symposium will include nationally recognized presenters, speakers and specialize trainers who will address this year’s theme.  Delivering the official opening Keynote address, at its Official Opening Ceremony on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, at 8:30 am will be Mr. Ronald Davis, Director, Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services in Washington, DC.

Also on November 17 (11am -1pm) the 2015 HAPCOA Aguila Awards Luncheon will be held.  Delivering the luncheon address at this year’s Aguila Awards Luncheon will be the Mr. Eric Velez-Villar, Executive Assistant Director (EAD), Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Washington, DC.  EAD Velez-Villar serves as the highest ranked Hispanic in the FBI today.  The Aguila Award is the highest form of recognition provided by HAPCOA for exceptional contributions by an individual or an organization in support of HAPCOA’s mission and goals. Nominees exemplify the highest levels of concern for Public Safety and embody the principals on which HAPCOA was founded to promote. The 2015 HAPCOA Aguila Award recipient is: Mr. Bernardo Matias “Mat” Perez, of El Paso, TX, who served as a Special Agent in Charge (retired) with the Federal Bureau of Investigations. 

HAPCOA will also host a number of law enforcement recruiters, from various agencies, who will be available in the exhibit area of the Sheraton Gunter Hotel and this event is open to the public.  Law Enforcement recruiters will be available starting Tuesday, November 17th at 1:30pm to 4pm and also on Wednesday, November 18th from 9am to 4pm.

The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCLOE) has certified the HAPCOA training courses for in-service training credits.  Presenters will include members of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), American Military University, Police academy instructors, the FBI, and many others.  Our focus on communications will include a special presentation by Mr. John Quinones, TV personally and star of ABC’s “What Would You Do?”   Mr. Quinones is a San Antonio native.

On Thursday afternoon, November 19, 2015, the Honorable Nicolas LaHood, Criminal District Attorney, Bexar County Texas, will deliver the closing keynote address.  Swearing in of the 2016 HAPCOA National Board will be witnessed by His Honor Judge Oyden Ortega of the Panamanian National Supreme Court of Panama.


The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA), 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. It members represent law enforcement agencies from across the United States, and around the world.  HAPCOA is a national organization with a local presence.

To achieve its vision, HAPCOA follows its mission to \\\"Empower the Future of Law Enforcement\\\" by assisting law enforcement, criminal justice and community organizations nationwide in their efforts to recruit, train and promote qualified Hispanic American men and women.

The 2015 HAPCOA National President is Don Tijerina, Captain, Bexar County Sheriffs Office, San Antonio, TX.  Executive Director is Anthony Chapa, retired Assistant Director, US Secret Service, Washington, DC.

For additional information regarding HAPCOA, it’s Aguila Awards Program and its 42nd Annual National Law Enforcement Training Symposium, please visit:

HAPCOA is a member of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.