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Fraternal Order of Police

The Voice of Law Enforcement Professionals

The Fraternal Order of Police is the nation’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers. We have 325,000 and growing members in more than 2,100 lodges. 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 and community involvement. 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.

Founded in 1915, we are still "Building on a Proud Tradition."

What is the FOP?

The Fraternal Order of Police is comprised of active and retired law enforcement officers of all ranks from all branches of government Federal, State, County, and Local. Members work side by side to improve the profession and serve the public.

At all levels, Local, State, and National, the FOP provides members with professional legal defense and advocacy for law enforcement legislation.

FOP members strongly believe in Community involvement, and support such organizations as Special Olympics of Hawaii.

The FOP also provides members with opportunities to meet fellow officers away from the job, to encourage friendships and networking. Through its many services and activities the FOP is a family that helps members' in good times and in bad.

In 1915, times were bleak, police officers worked 12-hour shifts, 365 days a year. There were no police unions to fight for the better working conditions, wages and benefits.

Martin Toole and Delbert Nagle, two Pittsburgh Police Officers had enough of the horrendous working conditions. Together with 21 other police officers they formed Fort Pitt Lodge #1, Fraternal Order of Police and their first meeting on May 14, 1915. From those humble beginnings, the Fraternal Order of Police has grown into the largest professional police organization in the United States with over 325,000 members. We have carried on the tradition started back in 1915, committed to improving the working conditions of Law Enforcement officers. The FOP remains the #1 voice for Law Enforcement in Washington and around the country.

State of Hawaii, FOP Lodge #1 was formed on January 17, 2005.

Sadly, across the country, many law enforcement officers will lose their lives this year while performing their duties. The Steve Young Memorial Scholarship Program, created by a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, is administered by the National Fraternal Order of Police Foundation to assist the spouses of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.


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