The brother of renowned network sit-com star Ray Romano, Richard Romano is an entertainment-industry professional with experience on both sides of the camera lens. Richard Romano is also a former sergeant with the New York City Police Department and a longtime member of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). As a member, he supports a number of FOP initiatives such as the National Fraternal Order of Police University (NFOPU).
The world’s largest organization of law enforcement officers, the FOP supports more than 330,000 members in more than 2,200 lodges. These members enjoy a number of benefits, including access to educational opportunities through the NFOPU.
A consortium of colleges and universities that works in conjunction with the FOP, NFOPU offers a variety of learning programs to members of the FOP across the United States. Members can take advantage of these programs in both traditional and non-traditional educational environments. NFOPU strives to provide course structures that accommodate the “unique requirements of a working law enforcement officer’s schedule.” FOP members can take many NFOPU courses completely online.
Regionally accredited institutions that participate in NFOPU include Kent State University, Upper Iowa University, Liberty University, and the American Military University. Although not every NFOPU partner offers reduced tuition rates, FOP members may move more quickly through programs and therefore earn degrees for overall less cost.