STATEMENT - CFC# 0423
Police Research and Education Project (PREP) was established by
the National Association of Police Organizations in 1991. Through
PREP, our mission is to promote, through research and education,
the well-being of police officers and their families, and to educate
and inform the public about law enforcement and the role of law
enforcement officers in a democratic society.
PREP is the
sister organization of the National Association of Police Organizations
(NAPO), representing 241,000 rank and file law enforcement officers
from 2,000 member police associations and units throughout the country.
In 1994, PREP
launched the National Law Enforcement Officers Rights Center to
serve as a legal defense fund for police officers and their attorneys.
The Rights Center serves as a clearinghouse for information, conducts
research and holds educational seminars for law enforcement officers.
The Rights Center files briefs amicus curiae on behalf of law enforcement
officers including numerous briefs to the United States Supreme
PREP was awarded
two grants from the National Institute of Justice to study and provide
training for officers and their families regarding stress management.
In 1994, NAPO held its first annual TOP COPS Awards® ceremony
in Washington, D.C. with special guest President Clinton and Master
of Ceremonies John Walsh, host of "America's Most Wanted."
Vice President Gore participated in 1995, 1996, 1999 and 2000. The
Masters of Ceremonies for 1995 through 2000 have been Richard Belzer
of NBCs Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
and Lynne Russell of CNN's "Headline News." John Walsh
has returned to host our program from 2001 to 2011. The TOP COPS
Awards®, given annually to outstanding officers from across
the country who are nominated by their peers for service to their
communities, has drawn numerous television celebrities, members
of Congress and high-ranking law enforcement officials each year
since its inception.