It may be considered an outside-the-box effort, but Ripon’s Anthony Beato of CalCrush is strongly supporting an effort to form a regional chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers (FCPO).
While Beato has been general manager of the roadway crushing firm located on Doak Road at the south side of the Ripon community, he has also long served as a reserve police officer for the City of Modesto. It is his firm that has a team of Clydesdale horses seen in community parades over the last several years.
FCPO executive director Lamar Moore, is flying from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to be the keynote speaker and to officially charter the new chapter at the charter and fundraising dinner set for Nov. 8, Beato said.
Over the past few months Beato and a group of dedicated men and women have been working toward the establishment of the chapter that will serve as a ministry for Christian men and women from all areas of the criminal justice system.
In the last 39 years the national organization has chartered some 200 FCPO chapters throughout the country that have become affiliated with the unique ministry. Bateo said he has been distributing information about the event to police agencies from Modesto to Ripon, Manteca and the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department.
He emphasized that the group is not just about sworn officers but for everyone who makes up a police agency including community service officers and records clerks.
The dinner is planned on the second Tuesday evening of November and will kick off at 6 p.m. and conclude at about 8 p.m. with entertainment, prizes and guest speakers for a donation of $15. A buffet will feature Rattlesnake Pasta, Caesar salad, dinner rolls, dessert, soft drinks and water donated by the UNO Chicago Grill of Modesto.
The event is being held at the Shelter Cove Community Church on Coffee Road in Modesto. Tickets are available by calling Anthony Beato at 564-2942, Jeff Godfrey at 602-6860 or Joe Torres at 679-1449.