The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and The Massachusetts Major City Chiefs present:
Detective Mario Oliveira and Officer Bob Denapoli, Co-Founders
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
V.I.P.O. Co-founders to Host Surviving the Unthinkable Event
WOBURN — Detective Mario Oliveira and Officer Bob Denapoli, co-founders of the Violently Injured Police Officers Organization (V.I.P.O.), will share their experiences about serious line of duty injuries at a Boston event next month.
Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Seaport World Trade Center Amphitheater
Detective Oliveira (Somerville Police Department, retired) and Officer Denapoli (Woburn Police Department, retired), both of whom were severely injured in the line of duty, will talk about their experiences and struggles following their injuries. They will also discuss the policies and procedures they feel need to be in place to protect members of law enforcement who are injured and unable to continue working.
The event is free and open to law enforcement only. Register by completing this form and faxing it to the number listed on the form.
The event is sponsored by V.I.P.O., the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs of Police Association, the Middlesex County Chiefs of Police Association, the Massachusetts State Police and the New England State Police Information Network.
Members of the media may RSVP for the event or arrange interviews by contacting John Guilfoil by emailing [email protected] or calling 617-993-0003.
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 nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
October 16, 2018
Dear Attorney General Healey:
On behalf of the entire membership of the Massachusetts Major City Police Chief’s Association (MMCC) – comprised of the 39 largest police departments in the state – we would like to take this opportunity to respectfully apprise you that our organization has made the decision to endorse you in your candidacy for reelection as Attorney General for this great Commonwealth. Our membership had a vote this past Tuesday at our monthly MMCC Meeting at the BYN Mellon in Everett and we are pleased to inform you that the vote passed unanimously by all of our members that were present and voting.
All the men and women of our organization collectively agree that your office, behind your formidable leadership, has been doing an outstanding job over the past 4 years, specifically as it pertains to enhancing public safety in our cities and towns and taking an exceptional leadership role in addressing the opioid epidemic as well as working to reducing violence.
We believe that we have the ability to recognize the leadership qualities that are necessary to effectively address the critical issues that face the citizens of Commonwealth in the years that lay ahead. You absolutely possess those qualities and understand the need to build positive relationships with the entire law enforcement community and recognize how that translates into effective public safety policy.
We are looking forward to continue our valued partnership and working together with you and your office over the next four years to do everything that we possibly can to enhance public safety for all of our residents in this great Commonwealth behind your leadership, guidance and support.
Brain A. Kyes
President, Mass. Major City Chiefs
MMCC is comprised of the Chiefs of Police in Arlington, Attleboro, Beverly, Boston, Brockton, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Chicopee, Everett, Fall River Fitchburg, Framingham, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, Massachusetts State Police, Medford, Methuen, New Bedford, Newton, Peabody, Pittsfield, Quincy, Revere, Salem, Somerville, Springfield, Taunton, Waltham, West Springfield, Weymouth, Woburn, Worcester
The following is a message from Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes, President of the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs of Police Association, Inc., which was sent to Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito:
“On behalf of the entire membership of the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs of Police Association (MMCC), comprised of the 39 largest police departments in the state, we would like to take this opportunity to respectfully inform you that our professional police chief’s organization has made the unanimous decision to endorse the “Baker/Polito Ticket” for 2019-2022 for Governor and Lieutenant Governor for this great Commonwealth.
“We had a vote on a duly made motion that was presented this past Tuesday at our monthly MMCC Meeting at the BYN Mellon in Everett that passed unanimously by all of our members that were present. It is important to note that our organization has never endorsed any candidates for political office in the 15 years that we have been in existence.
“All the men and women of our organization collectively agree that your administration has been doing an outstanding job over the past four years, specifically as it pertains to enhancing public safety in our cities and towns and taking an exceptional leadership role in addressing the opioid epidemic in our state. We are also incredibly appreciative for your unyielding support in signing the much needed Police Training Bill – House Bill 4516 (“An Act relative to the Municipal Police Training Fund”) – into Law on July 25.
“We are definitely looking forward to working together with the entire administration over the next four years to do everything that we possibly can to enhance public safety for all of our residents in this great Commonwealth with your valued leadership, guidance and support.”
Police Chief Brian Kyes speaks with Kathy Curran from WCVB-TV for her story on police department evidence rooms.
From the story:
Thousands of boxes neatly stacked from floor to ceiling contain evidence that could put dangerous criminals behind bars and set the wrongly accused free.
“It’s everything. The integrity of evidence goes towards the integrity of the police department. So I think there has to be that constant check and balance,” Chelsea police Chief Brian Kyes told 5 Investigates’ Kathy Curran.