About the Association
Boston Police Department Retirees Begin New Association
For some it was like going back in time. Sometime in the 1950’s, raising their right hand and taking an oath. Only this time, it wasn’t Boston Police Academy, District Two, Milk Street, it was the New Boston Police Headquarters, One Schroeder Place in Boston. The men taking the oath weren’t being sworn into the police department but were being sworn in as the recently elected officers of the Retired Boston Police Officers Association. These brave men, twelve in number, represented over three hundred and fifty years of combined police experience.
It was Monday, July 20th, 1998, and for the first time in the history of the nation’s oldest police force, the Boston Police Department was officially acknowledging this Association, as Superintendent-in-Chief Robert Faherty swore in the newly elected members.
- William O’Brien-President
- Russell Black-Vice president
- Francis Gill-Secretary
- Wendall Wallace-Treasurer
There were also eight Board of Directors sworn in and assigned to work with the following areas:
- Patrick Brady-Area A
- Dick Ronan-Area B
- Edward Holland-Area C
- James Riley-Area D
- Joseph Barbone-Area E
- Francis Fahey-Headquarters
- James Ellsworth-Mobile Operations
- Joseph Ensko-Training & Education
The purpose of the Association is to maintain the camaraderie developed over the many years of police service in Boston, as well as informing the Boston Police members reaching the retirement age about the various options they have available to them through this Association.
At present, the Retired Boston Police Officers Association has a monthly Newsletter for members, Also every year we provide scholarships to deserving youth. We are eager to increase this effort in the coming years.
Regular meetings of the RBPOA are held on the third Monday of the month at the New Boston Police Headquarters at 7:00 PM.
For Police Officers, one of the worst calls to respond to is that of a missing child!
It is with great pride and confidence that the Retired Boston Police Officers Association is conducting its annual Child Safety Campaign.
In 2008 The RBPOA started “Operation Code Blue”. This is a program that Children of all ages are fingerprinted and photographed with state of the art digital inkless computers. BIO-DOC Identification Cards will be given to the parents to keep in case of an emergency along with other valuable child safety information. The Boston Police Department or the Retired Police Officers Association DO NOT maintain any information about any child who participates and the completed registration forms will be returned to parents.
To date we have printed hundreds of kids of all ages. We will also be distributing Child Information Kits to families throughout Boston to help expedite getting information to law enforcement agencies, media and the Amber Alert System. These kits contain a photo, fingerprints and vital stats all on one simple form that parents can provide to the proper authorities.
This year the officers will also be hosting a “Child Safety Day” with numerous youth organizations at various events and will be distributing Child I.D. Kits, Child Safety Handbooks and T-Shirts, along with entertainment and prizes, for all children and parents who participate.
Our membership is volunteering their time and expertise in making this effort a success. We are asking our friends in the community to be a part of this effort and support the Retired Boston Police Officers Association by sponsoring a tax deductible ad in this year’s “Child Safety Handbook”, which will have important safety information that all parents should be aware of.
All can agree, if just one child is found safe because of our efforts, this campaign will be a success. Your support and the tireless efforts of our membership have enabled our organization to support not only our Child Safety Programs, but others as well that are in need of our help.