Our mission is to provide peer support to law enforcement officers who have been seriously injured or have had to use deadly force in the line of duty. We provide support, information, and resources to these officers and their families in any way possible, to assist them in transitioning after suffering these physical and emotional injuries.
Our mission is to share our collective knowledge with our fellow police officers, so they have the tools they need for their road to recovery. It is our goal to provide this support and experience, especially to assist our brother and sister police departments in establishing the proper policies, procedures, and protocols for line of duty deaths and serious bodily injuries.
Our mission is to bring change to existing laws by working with law makers to pass legislation that will provide benefits to law enforcement officers who are injured in the line of duty and forced to retire.
The Violently Injured Police Officers (V.I.P.O.) Organization, founded by Massachusetts police officers, is a support group for law enforcement officers who have sustained serious, permanent injuries during a violent encounter in the line of duty.
V.I.P.O. is a recognized non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
Peer support to law enforcement officers seriously injured in the line of duty and their families.
Peer support to law enforcement officers who have had to use deadly force in the line of duty.
A source of information about benefits available to assist the law enforcement officers injured in the line of duty.
Assistance to police departments in establishing line of duty death/serious bodily injury policies, procedures, and protocols.
The public, police departments, and organizations about the unique problems facing law enforcement officers injured in the line of duty.
Law enforcement officers seriously injured in the line of duty about the process of 111F and special legislation retirement process.
Police recruits and in-service training police veterans about the inherent dangers of police work.
About appropriate services which may exist within federal, state, and local governments.
Board of Directors
Detective Mario Oliveira
Detective Mario Oliveira is retired from the Somerville Police Department where he served for 17 years. In November 2010, Detective Oliveira was shot six times while serving an arrest warrant in Somerville. Since that day, he has dedicated his time to educating and assisting other law enforcement officers and their families on the inherent dangers of police work and how to cope with the tragedy of being seriously or fatally injured in the line of duty. Detective Oliveira is also the Vice President of New England C.O.P.S.
Officer Bob DeNapoli
Officer Bob DeNapoli is retired from the Woburn Police Department, where he served for 17 years. In September 2011, Officer DeNapoli was shot several times while responding to an armed robbery at jewelry store. To better prepare police officers and their families on how to cope with the dangers of police work, Officer DeNapoli has devoted his time to V.I.P.O. and providing support to other officers who face the same difficulties.
Officer Mark Sirigano
Officer Mark Sirigano is a 10 year veteran of the Weymouth Police Department. In 2010 and 2014, Officer Sirigano was involved in two separate officer involved shootings after being attacked by a suspect with a knife on both occasions. As a survivor of a violent encounter in the line of duty, Officer Sirigano has joined V.I.P.O. to spread awareness to other police officers and their families. Officer Sirigano has received the Distinguished Service Award.