How to Join
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Interested in becoming a member?
There are three ways to become a member of the Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police.
1. You can become a member by joining a local lodge in your area. Click here for list of local lodges and the POC for membership inquires.
2. Call us at 225-343-8367 to start a new local lodge if there is not one in your area. You only need 10 full time local law enforcement officers.
3. If neither is, an option for you join the state wide Pelican Lodge #100 by clicking here.
The Louisiana State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police was chartered in 1954 and currently serves nearly 6000 members in 35 active lodges across the State. Two officers from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania established the FOP in 1915. Today, the Fraternal Order of Police has grown to over 328,000 members in over 2,100 lodges nationwide.
The Fraternal Order of Police is the oldest and largest police organization in the United States with over 50 years of “Cops Representing Cops” right here in Louisiana.
What is a Grand Local Lodge?
The Fraternal Order of Police was founded in 1915 in Pittsburgh, Penn., by two police officers. Since then it has grown into the nation’s largest police organization with over 318,000 members in over 2,000 lodges in 49 states.
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 the National Conference.
What is a Local Lodge?
The Local Lodge is a fraternal 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.
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.
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.
Who can join the FOP?
Any full time or retired law enforcement officer may join the FOP. It takes 10 full time or retired officers to start a lodge. In recent years the Louisiana FOP recognized that there are a number of Louisiana 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.
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 members of the Louisiana State Lodge created Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police Pelican Lodge 100, 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.
So what do our members receive when they join?
If you are a full-time law enforcement 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.
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/FOP.net System
· Insurance Benefits
At the State level
· We support charities such as Easter Seals, Special Olympics Torch Run, Sunshine Kids, Southern Law Enforcement Foundation (Critical Incident Response Team Program) and a DWI awareness campaign, on top of special community projects funded and provided by local lodges.
· Provide Disaster relief through our network of lodges when tragedy strikes a local area.
· Members receive the Louisiana electronic FOP Journal
· 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 State Legislative Committee is working on the concerns of Louisiana Law Enforcement Officers in the Legislature and keeps the membership informed.
· E-mail alerts are sent directly to members informing them of current events.
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 control by its members.
Our strength is in our numbers!
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