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Hispanic officers recognize UPD internship efforts

Posted by University News Service
Feb. 26, 2009

The Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) has recognized Texas State University-San Marcos and the Texas State University Police Department (UPD) for efforts to support students majoring in criminal justice.

The university was honored for implementing the Intern-Mentorship Program, an initiative developed last year at Texas State. It has since been adopted by the HAPCOA National Board and similar programs have been established in Los Angeles and Chicago.

“This creates an honorary membership for a student majoring in criminal justice. He or she is given the opportunity to experience how a professional organization made up of primarily Hispanic commanders operates,” said Capt. Paul Chapa, assistant director of UPD and vice president of the Central Texas Chapter of HAPCOA.  

Recognized by HAPCOA on behalf of Texas State were UPD Director Ralph Meyer and Vice President of Student Affairs Joanne Smith.

Students selected for the Intern-Mentorship Program participate in all in-house police training, including firearms and tactical training, leadership and professional development. They also attend the HAPCOA National Training Conference at HAPCOA’s expense. In addition, students participate in monthly meetings with area police commanders to discuss current trends in police leadership and how to excel in the criminal justice profession.

Candidates for the one-year internship at Texas State must be criminal justice majors, possess a minimum of a 3.0 grade-point average and be in good standing academically and with local and federal law enforcement agencies. Candidates must provide a one-page letter of interest and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member.  

For further information, contact Capt. Paul Chapa at UPD at (512) 245-2805.