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.
What is a Grand Local Lodge?
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.
What is a Local Lodge?
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.
Who can join the FOP?
Each Local Lodge elects trustees and delegates whose job it is to represent their membership at State Board meetings and conferences. This ensures members have a far-reaching voice in FOP matters.
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.
So what do our members receive when they join?
If you are a full-time law enforcement officer or a retired officer and share the concerns of fellow officers, the Fraternal Order of Police gives you an opportunity to unite and make your voice heard. Ultimately, this partnership aids in improving our profession through collective bargaining, legislation, training and unity.
- Many law enforcement agencies in the state are comprised of less that ten sworn officers, and often, the proximity of these smaller agencies to one another cause conditions that are not conducive to collectively creating a combined lodge. In addition, on occasions political influence by those unfamiliar with the FOP’s mission and goals often created obstacles in the formation of a local lodge.
- With that in mind the Florida State Lodge created a state wide at large lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 900, an open membership lodge for those law enforcement officers working where a lodge does not exists. If you are an officer who falls into one of these categories and would like to become a member, please contact us and we will send you the information to get you started.
At the National level
- FOP Journal: The National FOP Journal includes a wide range of law enforcement articles, FOP reports, legislative news, and new products and services.
- Amicus Curiae Briefs: Friend of the court briefs in important cases for law enforcement.
- Legislative Support: The FOP coordinates legislative activities, providing its membership with a full-time lobbyist on Capitol Hill.
- Center for Criminal Justice Studies: The official research organization, providing research studies, surveys of members and a free information service.
- Seminars and Workshops
- Labor Relations Committee
- Data Research/FOPnet System
- Insurance Benefits
At the State level
- The Florida State Lodge Labor Council Committee provides collective bargaining, legal defense and disciplinary representation for those members who request representation. Full representation is $25.00 per month. Legal Defense alone is $18.00 per month. Our Staff and Attorneys are well trained to represent our members.
- Each year the Florida State Lodge provides over $18,000.00 in scholarships to member’s dependent children and a $2,500.00 scholarship for a recipient to attend a police academy.
- From the National Lodge, dependents of an Officer killed in the line of duty are eligible for the FOP’s Steve Young Scholarship program.
- The Florida State Lodge provides a $1,000.00 Survivor Benefit to the family of a member officer killed in the line of duty. And, our “And Justice for All” reward program provides a $10,000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any suspect who murders a police officer in Florida.
- Our Memorial Committee has hosted the Florida Law Enforcement Officer Memorial for 30 years in Tallahassee at the FOP Memorial Monument at the Florida Capitol with the families of our fallen heroes.
- The State Legislative Committee is working on the concerns of Florida Law Enforcement Officers in the Legislature and keeps the membership informed.
- The Florida State Lodge Training Committee and Labor Council work together to bring relevant and current training to officers across the state. Our popular “Officer Involved Shooting” class has trained over 2500 officers in critical incidents.
- Our Disaster Response Teams are placed around the state with trained volunteers and equipment to respond to disasters.
- The State Office located at 242 Office Plaza in Tallahassee is just a few blocks from the State Capitol Building. Our staff is eager and ready to assist. We can be reached by our toll free number 1-800-873-3671.
- E-mail alerts are sent directly to members via our web mail program informing them of current events.
- Members are updated on legislation and urged to participate in the process through communication with Florida Legislators.
- We support charities in our communities such as Easter Seals, Special Olympics Torch Run, FOP Cops and Kids program in addition to many special community projects funded and provided by local lodges. Our members work together to help each other in times of need. We are “cops working for cops”
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.
Our strength is in our numbers!
Join today or start a new lodge by calling us at 1-800-873-3671
The Fraternal Order of Police
“Building on a Proud Tradition”