Why the FOP?
Our most important asset is our members. We are comprised of a diverse group of police officers, deputy sheriffs, detention officers, state troopers, and state & federal agents. The uniforms we wear may be different but our goal is the same - to serve and protect the community.
The FOP is an organization of cops representing cops. We are a united voice within Charlotte-Mecklenburg working together for better wages, benefits, and working conditions. We work on legislation to make our communities safer. But the Fraternal Order of Police is more. We offer training, leadership, and support for our members.
The FOP provides benefits and services to our members including representation, scholarships, disaster relief and so much more to empower our members.
Every day, law enforcement officers may be called upon to make a split-second decision that is life changing; one that will be questioned and reviewed over and over again. With the FOP Legal Defense program, our members are secure with the knowledge that we stand behind them, every member, one-hundred percent of the time.
The FOP is a fraternity of law enforcement professionals working together for each other, our families, and the community to make Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina a better place to visit, live, work, and raise a family.
Our organization is driven by the membership and all members are encouraged to attend our monthly meetings to set the direction and future of our Lodge. Over the past ten years the Local, State, and National FOP have become involved in political endorsements to better represent our membership. We work to elect public officials that have law enforcement professionals in mind when making decisions and laws that affect safety & livelihood.
Our Lodge is over 2,000 members strong; made up of law enforcement professionals serving in virtually every agency in the county and many state and federal agencies too. Join our brothers and sisters and become a part of the Fraternal Order of Police.
The FOP is the nations largest and oldest organization dedicated to making the law enforcement profession better for the men and women that serve. The FOP had its humble beginnings in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, founded by two Pittsburg Police officers tired working 7 days week, 365 days a year and with nothing they could do about it. Those two officers along with 21 others formed the very first FOP Lodge, Fort Pitt Lodge #1 on May 15, 1915. Today, the tradition that was first envisioned over 105 years ago lives on with more than 2,100 local lodges and more than 355,000 members in the United States. The FOP is made up of proud professionals working on behalf of law enforcement officers from all ranks and levels of government.
About the Star
The emblem adopted by the National Fraternal Order of Police is designed to remind the membership of the duties that are expected of them as a citizen, a police officer and a member of the lodge. The five-cornered star tends to remind us of the allegiance we owe to our Flag and is a symbol of the authority with which we are entrusted. It is an honor the people we serve bestow upon us. They place their confidence and trust in us; serve them proudly.
Midway between the points and center of the star is a blue field representative of the thin blue line protecting those we serve. The points are of gold, which indicates the position under which we are now serving. The background is white, the unstained color representing the purity with which we should serve. We shall not let anything corrupt be injected into our order. Therefore, our colors are blue, gold and white.
The open eye is the eye of vigilance ever looking for danger and protecting all those under its care while they sleep or while awake. The clasped hands denote friendship. The hand of friendship is always extended to those in need of our comfort.
The circle surrounding the star midway indicates our never ending efforts to promote the welfare and advancement of this order. Within the half circle over the centerpiece is our motto, "Jus, Fidus, Libertatum" which translated means "Law Is a Safeguard of Freedom."
A History of the Fraternal Order of Police
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 100 years ago lives on with more than 2,200 local lodges and more than 330,000 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.
As an FOP member, we know that you will be faced with times of danger and we want to assure your family is cared for in case something happens to you. Every member in good standing is entitled to our death benefit:
$9,000 – Line of Duty Death