The Russian American Officers Association (RAOA) is a fraternal organization of law enforcement officers. It was founded in 2003 by officers of the New York City Police Department. In 2003, there were much fewer Russian-Americans in the NYPD than there are now. The organization's founders decided that their bond of being from the same culture should become official. They hence established the Russian American Officers Association.
Membership in the Association is open to active and retired sworn law enforcement officers of the federal, state or local government or its subdivisions within the United States. Most of the members in the Association are Soviet-born and although the majority immigrated to the U.S. before their teenage years, nearly all speak Russian fluently. The Association is based in New York City; however, active law enforcement officers from as far as California, Nevada, Texas, Florida, Washington and Ohio also hold membership. While the majority of Association's members consists of officers from the NYPD, law enforcement officers from 32 other agencies are in the membership.