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 Executive Director of New England C.O.P.S.
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 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.
Retired Lt. Detective James Pierce of the Winchester Police Department is also the current vice president of the Irish American Police Officers Association.