HOW DO I JOIN THE FLORIDA FOP?
Florida State President
For the last 6 years it has been my honor to proudly serve the Fraternal Order of Police in the state of Florida as President. As a Tampa Police officer, I served my community for 30 years and the F.O.P. for over 36 years in a leadership position. Now my family members carry on the law enforcement tradition.
Thank you for visiting our Florida State Lodge web site. If you are considering becoming a member of the FOP or just want to see what the organization is about please look over our web site. Below you will find answers to some frequently asked questions. If there is any way that I can be assistance to you please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you may call our Tallahassee office at 1-800-873-3871
The Florida State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police was chartered on January 16, 1950 in Lake Worth, Florida and currently serves nearly 20,000 members in 100 local lodges across the State.
Two police officers from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania working 6 day weeks and 12 hour shifts established the FOP in 1915. Today, the Fraternal Order of Police has grown to over 328,000 members in over 2,100 lodges nationwide. For more information about the history of the FOP please view the story of the FOP at www.fop.net.
The Fraternal Order of Police is the oldest and largest police organization in the United States with over 60 years of "Cops Representing Cops" right here in Florida.
The Fraternal Order of Police, founded in 1915 in Pittsburgh, Pa., experience tremendous growth and rapidly expanded from those first two police officers. Over the years it has grown into the nation's largest police organization with over 328,000 members in over 2,100 lodges in 50 states and internationally to Ireland.
We are the voice of those who dedicate their lives to protecting and serving our communities. We are committed to improving the working conditions of law enforcement officers and the safety of those we serve through education, legislation, information, community involvement, and employee representation. No one knows the dangers and the difficulties faced by today's police officers better than another officer, and no one knows police officers better than the FOP.
Membership is open to all full-time law enforcement officers regardless of race, sex, creed, religion or rank. The Grand Lodge is governed by trustees, representatives from each State Lodge, and an Executive Board, which is elected bi-annually at a National Conference.
The Local Lodge is a fraternal or labor organization made up of law enforcement officers from a given community. Local lodges are independent bodies that conduct their own affairs. Officers are elected and the constitution and by-laws are drafted and approved in conformity with the State and Grand lodges. The Fraternal Order of Police is a full service member representation organization. The membership of each local lodge determines the services that are provided by his/her local lodge. The members of each State Lodge determine what services are provided by the State Lodge. The National Fraternal Order of Police provides a wide variety of services.
Activities for each Local Lodge are innumerable. In addition, most also provide many benefits to members that individual law enforcement departments are unable to provide.
Any full time or retired law enforcement officer may join the FOP. If you are a regularly appointed or elected and full-time employed law enforcement officer of the United States, any state or political subdivision thereof, or any agency, then you can become a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. If you are a family member of a Fraternal Order of Police member you may join the FOP Auxiliary. If you are a supporter of Law Enforcement you may join the FOP Associates. Please contact your local Fraternal Order of Police lodge who will assist you through the membership process. It takes 10 full time or retired officers to start a local lodge. In recent years the Florida FOP recognized that there are a number of Florida law enforcement officers who wish to be affiliated with the Fraternal Order of Police, but found it difficult to achieve the numbers needed to charter a new lodge.
At the State level
What makes it work?
Local Lodges are in control! The FOP is a member driven organization. That’s the difference! Other organizations are controlled by a few individuals from the National or State, which hand out directives. The FOP is governed by its members.
Join today or start a new lodge by calling us at 1-800-873-3671
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