The Fresno Police Officers' Association was founded in the early 1900's, known first as the Widow and Orphan's Organization. As the name implied, the organization provided assistance to the families of its members. Some time later, the name changed to the Fresno Police Relief Association, and in 1951, was incorporated. Services of the organization expanded by this time and emphasis was placed on improving the benefits, salary, and working conditions of the FPOA member. The name was once again changed in 1975 to its current name, although it is usually referred to simply as the FPOA. Although the FPOA has undergone many transformations during the 100+ years it has been in existence, its primary purpose remains the same: Service.