An elderly veteran in Cranston, RI, finally got the recognition—and help—he deserved, thanks to the help of an IBPO Local 301 member sent to check on him.
Late last year, Cranston Police Officer Julie Furgasso answered a call for a wellbeing check on 89-year-old Alfred Bettencourt. When she found him in a difficult situation, she wound up working with Cranston Fire Captain Chuck Pollock to connect Bettencourt with local services. Seeing herself as his ‘adopted granddaughter,” Furgasso continued her work with Pollock on Bettencourt’s behalf, organizing a series of fundraisers to assist the World War II veteran.
When Furgasso and Pollock learned of his service, including his injury in France in 1944, they were determined to see him receive his proper honors. On March 9, 2015, Bettencourt received his long-overdue Purple Heart, as well as several other military honors, in a ceremony led by U.S. Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI).
You can see more on this story here on Cranston Online.
February 26, 2015
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is days away from closing its doors should Congress fail to pass a short term spending bill to fund the agency beyond February 27, 2015. If Congress is unable to pass legislation on the matter, 30,000 DHS employees will be out of work, at least temporarily. To make matters worse, a large portion of DHS employees facing furloughs have been deemed ‘essential,’ meaning they must report to work despite the fact that they may not be compensated for their work. The shutdown could affect NAGE / IBPO, EMS and IAEP members who work for DHS and we are taking the matter very seriously.
It has been rumored that some members in the US House of Representatives are trying to leverage the threat of a DHS shutdown to get President Obama’s executive action on immigration reversed. Regardless of the underlying reasons as to why a spending bill has not yet to be passed, DHS employees cannot afford another shutdown.
NAGE needs YOU to reach out to your Congressperson and urge them to pass a spending bill to avoid negative impacts of shutting down DHS. We have only 16 days before the shutdown affects the livelihoods of our hard-working federal employees. For too long, Congress has used dedicated federal employees as pawns in a political chess game and the buck needs to stop here!
Please use the link below to find your Congressional Representative. We need your help! Call today! Find your Representative: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
IBPO/NAGE would like to congratulate the security supervisors with Boston University who recently voted unanimously to join the union.
“IBPO is proud to welcome these new members to our union, “said NAGE State Director David Bernard. “We have had a long and productive history with the Boston University security guards and look forward to building the same relationship with the security supervisors.”
Congratulations again to these new members on becoming the newest addition to the growing IBPO/NAGE family.
This year will mark the twenty-second year NAPO has produced the TOP COPS Awards®. The purpose of the TOP COPS Awards® is to educate the American public about our nation’s heroes and to pay tribute to law enforcement officers in federal, state, county, and local agencies from across the country for actions above and beyond the call of duty.
The TOP COPS® are nominated by fellow officers for outstanding service to their communities during the preceding year. An independent Awards Selection Committee compromised of national law enforcement representatives selects, from hundreds of nominations, one TOP COP® case from each of the 50 States and U.S. territory. The cases are then ranked and the top ten cases are chosen. The officers from the top ten cases (our TOP COPS) are flown to Washington, D.C. and recognized at the ceremony and by the President at the White House in a Rose Garden Ceremony.
The Dinner Awards Show held at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, May 12, features a short presentation of each TOP COP® and his or her story. NAPO bears all cost of travel and lodging of the winners.
We are trying to gather as many quality TOP COPS® nominations as possible. With TOP COPS® again taking place in May, we are under very tight schedule constraints. Nominations are due January 10, 2015
If you have any questions or need additional information please contact Elizabeth Loranger, Director of Events at NAPO. at firstname.lastname@example.org or(703) 0549-0775.