Paul Chapa is recognized for contributions to the development of campus policing
by Susie P. Gonzalez
Trinity University Police Chief Paul Chapa is the 2017 Bill G. Daniels Award recipient as the outstanding administrator of the Texas Association of College and University Police Administrators (TACUPA).
The award recognizes a chief administrator at a Texas institution of higher education who has made outstanding contributions to the development of campus policing at the management level. Chapa also serves as the assistant vice president of enterprise risk management at Trinity.
Cited by TACUPA for his dedication, achievement, and impacts on campus law enforcement, Chapa was nominated for the award by Trinity president Danny Anderson, who said the chief’s focus and leadership is an asset for the University.
Chapa arrived at Trinity in 2009 and previously served on the campus police departments at St. Mary’s University and Texas State University. He holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Texas State University.
Bill G. Daniels is one of the founders of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) and of what is now known as the Texas Association of College and University Police Administrators. As the police chief at the Texas Tech University campus safety office, Daniels was known for fostering the development of campus police agencies and for their effective management as well as his willingness to share his insights with other campus police officers.
Under Chapa’s leadership, the Trinity University Police Department won an award in 2014 from IACLEA for innovations in community oriented policing. Chapa previously served as national president of the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) and currently is a director at large on the HAPCOA Board of Directors.
Susie P. Gonzalez, senior manager of public relations, can be reached at susie.gonzalez [at] trinity.edu or on Twitter @susiegonz.