Protect Our Police PAC is the only national organization exclusively committed to electing pro-police political candidates to public office across the United States of America.
Founded by retired police officers, Protect Our Police PAC helps recruit and elect candidates that will never turn their backs on our officers and other first responders on the front line.
We are building a nationwide coalition of Pro-Police advocates to:
- Elect pro-Police Leaders.
- Stand against anti-Police politicians and anti-Police legislation.
- Recruit retired Law Enforcement Officers to run for public office.
- Raise awareness to defend and protect Police Officers.
- Promote positive impact stories of Police in communities.
- Educate the public on appropriate Police interactions.
Our mission is to elect pro-Police candidates nationwide for municipal offices such as District Attorney, Prosecuting Attorney, Mayor, City Council, City Controller, County Commissioner, County Supervisor, County Treasurer, Sheriff and state offices such as Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Auditor General, Treasurer, State Representative, State Senator, and Judge. NOTE: POP PAC is currently NOT endorsing or supporting Federal candidates.
We will raise funds to give direct contributions to endorsed candidates as well as make independent expenditures for paid communication programs and media plans. We will also launch awareness and education campaigns with positive impact stories about police in the community to combat the anti-Police agenda, calls to defund and disband Police departments, and toxic rhetoric for salacious headlines that have dominated the news cycle over the last decade.
Nick Gerace- President/Treasurer
Philadelphia Police Department- Retired- 12 years of service
Nick Gerace is a proud third-generation Police officer and lifelong Philadelphia native. His father was in a class of 18-year-old recruits in 1960, becoming the youngest cops in Philadelphia’s history. He served 5 years as a uniformed Patrol officer then 26 years as a promoted Detective. His great grandfather was a Patrol officer in Italy for decades in the 1900’s.
Nick became an officer in 1999 and was assigned to the 24th district in North Philadelphia. He faithfully served in the Philadelphia Police Department for 12 years. In 2000, He was chosen to work undercover for several months gathering information on protests during the RNC in Philadelphia. His work helped thwart potential terrorist attacks. He received 11 commendations through his career was made police officer of the year for the 24th District in 2006. After faithfully serving as a Police Officer for over 12 years, he officially retired in 2011 from an on-duty injury.
Dominic Mangoni- Chair
Philadelphia Police Department- Retired- 35 years of service
Dominic Mangoni is a first-generation Police Officer and 35 year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department. A man of devout faith, he studied in the seminary for 7 years before he felt his true calling to be a police officer to protect and serve others.
In 1977, he started his career in the 3rd District as a beat cop and eventually joined the gang unit. In 1985, he made Detective and joined the West Detectives division. He then transferred to Homicide where he would finish out his career. He spent 27 years solving homicides until he retired in 2012. He is a well-respected, decorated police officer who dedicated his life to solving homicides and helping victims and their families find closure. He has a son who is a Federal Law Enforcement Officer.
Advisory Board Members
Bob Walls- Board Member
Philadelphia Police Department- Retired- 25 years of service
Naval Reserves- Retired- 3 years of service
Army National Guard- Retired- 12 years of service
Bob Walls is a first-generation Police Officer, decorated military Veteran, and lifelong Philadelphia native that had several uncles and cousins in the Philadelphia Police Department. Upon graduation from the Police Academy, he was assigned as a Patrol Police Officer to the Tactical Response Team and after a year transferred to the 15th District. In 1998, He transferred to SWAT where he finished out his career.
During his Police career, he simultaneously served his country in the Naval Reserves as a Master at Arms in the Military Police and after 9-11-2001, he requested a lateral transfer to the Army National Guard's 1/104th Cavalry as a Scout. He proudly and honorably served 3 tours in Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom and fought on the front lines in combat in Ar Ramadi 2005-2006. After faithfully and courageously serving as a Police Officer and Miltary Veteran for over 25 years, he officially retired in 2015 from an on-duty injury. His son plans to join the Army and follow in his father’s footsteps.
Cathy Teti- Board Member
Philadelphia Police Department- Retired- 20 years of service
Cathy Teti was sworn in as Patrol Police Officer in the Philadelphia Police Department in 1987. Her grandfather was also a PPD Patrol Police Officer and she has 8 other Police Officers in her immediate family in the Philadelphia Police Department. Over the span of her career, she was assigned to the 26h District, Tactical Response Team, 25th District, and 24th District. After faithfully serving 20 years, she officially retired in 2007 from an on-duty injury.
Efrain Rios- Board Member
Philadelphia Police Department- Retired- 13 years of service
Efrain Rios is a first-generation Police Officer. He has a cousin who is also a Police Officer. Over the span of his career, he served as a city-wide mediator, conflict resolution specialist, gang control/prevention specialist, drug prevention specialist. He has worked very hard to get guns and drugs off the streets. He was assigned to the 24th district and stayed there for his entire career. He was also assigned as a community policing officer under the COPs AHEAD program funded by the National Institute of Justice where he worked with children in their classrooms or assemblies to “bridge the gap” between the community and police. He was also made Police officer of the year in 2000 in the 24th District. After faithfully serving 13 years, he officially retired in 2007 from an on-duty injury.
Arthur Chapman, Jr.- Board Member
Philadelphia Police Department- Retired- 30 years of service
Arthur Chapman Jr. is a first-generation Police Officer. He was born and raised in Philadelphia and graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School. He joined the Philadelphia Police department in 1986 and was first assigned to the 22nd district. Over the span of his 30-year career, he was assigned to the Police Athletic League, Special Investigation Unit, District Attorney's office, Accident Investigation District, and the 15th district. He is happily married for 35 years with three adult children.
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