The Fraternal Order of Police
) is an organization of sworn law enforcement officers
in the United States
. It claims a membership of over 325,000 members organized in 2100 local
chapters (lodges), organized into local lodges, state
lodges, and the national Grand Lodge. The FOP calls itself "the voice of our nation's law enforcement officers."
The FOP has some characteristics of a trade union
, although it is not described as such and labels itself a "full service member representation organization." It lobbies Congress
and regulatory agencies on behalf of law enforcement officers, provides labor representation, promotes legal defense
for officers, and offers resources such as legal research
. It also sponsors charities such as Easter Seals
, Special Olympics
, memorials for fallen officers, and support programs for spouses and family members of police officers.
The national organization has three offices: the Labor Services Division in Columbus, Ohio
, and the Steve Young Law Enforcement Legislative Advocacy Center in Washington, D.C.
, and the Atnip-Orms Center National Headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee
The Fraternal Order of Police was founded in 1915 by two Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
patrol officers, Martin Toole and Aaron Burns. They and 21... Read More