In August 2019, the National Fraternal Order of Police conducted its 64th National Conference and Exposition at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA. Hosted by the Lousiana State Lodge, this event represented one hundred and four years of professional law enforcement experience for the largest and oldest law enforcement labor organization in the United States.
The National Fraternal Order of Police holds a National Conference every two years to set the goals and agenda for the organization. The business of the order is conducted, seminars are offered, Constitution & By-Laws are reviewed and changed, the Executive Board is elected, National Trustees and Committee Chairs report their activities, and exhibitors from around the country showcase their products and services at our EXPO.
FOP Lodge 86 union reps, union members considering becoming reps, and union members just wanting to learn more about the union and their rights met on Thursday, August 1st, 2019 for a rep training class. The intended outcome for the day was to build stronger and more collaborative relationships, share new ideas, and provide the tools and guidance that protect the rights of union members. Nearly 2 dozen people attended this successful and informative workshop.
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Central Florida Honors Fallen Heroes at 37th Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony
On April 23, 2019, the Central Florida community gathered in the courtyard of the Orange County Courthouse to honor the lives and legacies of the region’s fallen law enforcement officers. The annual ceremony paid tribute to those officers who have suffered a serious injury, who died of natural causes and those brave men and women who currently serve the community.
Hosted by the Fraternal Order of Police, the ceremony began with a memorial parade leading to the courthouse grounds featuring officers on motorcycles, honor guards, bag pipe players, drummers, uniformed personnel, survivors, families and guests.
The ceremony attendees included elected officials, dignitaries, community leaders and representatives from 28 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies that operate in Orange County.
In 1915, the life of a policeman was bleak. In many communities they were forced to work 12 hour days, 365 days a year. Police officers didn't like it, but there was little they could do to change their working conditions. There were no organizations to make their voices heard; no other means to make their grievances known.
This soon changed, thanks to the courage and wisdom of two Pittsburgh patrol officers. Martin Toole and Delbert Nagle knew they must first organize police officers, like other labor interests, if they were to be successful in making life better for themselves and their fellow police officers. They and 21 others "who were willing to take a chance" met on May 14, 1915, and held the first meeting of the Fraternal Order of Police. They formed Fort Pitt Lodge #1. They decided on this name due to the anti-union sentiment of the time. However, there was no mistaking their intentions. As they told their city mayor, Joe Armstrong, the FOP would be the means "to bring our aggrievances before the Mayor or Council and have many things adjusted that we are unable to present in any other way...we could get many things through our legislature that our Council will not, or cannot give us."
And so it began, a tradition of police officers representing police officers. The Fraternal Order of Police was given life by two dedicated police officers determined to better their profession and those who choose to protect and serve our communities, our states, and our country. It was not long afterward that Mayor Armstrong was congratulating the Fraternal Order of Police for their "strong influence in the legislatures in various states,...their considerate and charitable efforts" on behalf of the officers in need and for the FOP's "efforts at increasing the public confidence toward the police to the benefit of the peace, as well as the public."
From that small beginning the Fraternal Order of Police began growing steadily. In 1917, the idea of a National Organization of Police Officers came about. Today, the tradition that was first envisioned over 90 years ago lives on with more than 2,100 local lodges and more than 325,000 members in the United States. The Fraternal Order of Police has become the largest professional police organization in the country. The FOP continues to grow because we have been true to the tradition and continued to build on it. The Fraternal Order of Police are proud professionals working on behalf of law enforcement officers from all ranks and levels of government.
On the 14th day of May 1915at that first meeting the name; Fraternal Order of Police was adopted. "Twenty Three" was adopted as the password in recognition of the twenty-three men who realized they were sticking their necks out.