This year there will be no fishing derby, but keep an eye and ear
open for our 9 Shot Contest. Check your emails and event
calendar for Meetings. August meeting will be nomination of
Officers. October will be election of officers and renewal of
The Fraternal Order of Police in Minnesota
The Fraternal Order of Police is an 91-year-old organization that
has a long and colorful history. The first MN lodge was chartered in
1991, and the Minnesota State Lodge was founded in 1993. Minnesota
currently has approximately 2100 members in 21 lodges throughout the
state. While the FOP is a national organization, each state has
autonomy and controls its own activities and finances.
The FOP was founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in November of
1915. Since that time it has expanded to 49 states with over 2700
lodges. The total membership is just over 324,000. The organization
is much like other fraternal groups such as the Masons and the Elks,
only it's exclusively for law enforcement officers. The basic - and
most important - unit is the local lodge. Any group of 10 licensed
law enforcement officers can charter a lodge. Each lodge meets on a
regular basis (usually monthly) and sets its own agenda and
calendar. It elects its own officers, and, in turn, sends
representatives to the State Lodge. The State Lodge, in turn,
provides representation to the Grand (or National) Lodge, and also
sends delegates to the biennial national conference - the next one
is scheduled for Louisville, KY in August of 2007. By utilizing this
system, the FOP is truly a grass roots organization - it is run by
and for the membership.
As mentioned before, there are 21 lodges in Minnesota. Each lodge is
a regional body, with members from several agencies. Take a look at
the lodges link to the left to locate the lodges around the state of
Minnesota. More lodges are planned for the near future.
As a member of the FOP, you literally have brothers and sisters
throughout the country. When traveling - if you need assistance or
just want to know where a good place to eat is in a particular town
- there are people eager and willing to help. A member of Lodge #6
had to quickly fly to New York City so that his wife could get
medical treatments. The Lodges in New York met with him, took his
family on a tour of the city, brought them to the best restaurants,
and provided all types of other assistance. We do the same for
visiting brothers and sisters in Minnesota. We have in place a
hospital visitation program in Rochester for the Mayo Clinic and
Minneapolis for the University of Minnesota Hospitals. A brother
from Orlando, FL., needed housing for six months so that his son
could undergo a bone marrow transplant at the U of M. The State
Lodge obtained housing, a car, and several other things for the
family. There are numerous stories such as these that we simply do
not have space to list. In most states, the FOP operates private
clubs similar to Elks and Eagles lodges. As a member, you are
assured a warm welcome - and as a visiting member, you'll usually
find that your money is worthless.
Through the Grand Lodge, the FOP offers many services such as credit
cards, insurance, investment brokers and travel services. In
addition, the Minnesota FOP has a legal defense plan that covers
members for civil, criminal, and administrative actions. Please
click on the benefits link to the left to check out what is waiting
for you as a member of the FOP.
Our focus in Minnesota has been mutual assistance and fraternalism.
We have assisted officers in need, ranging from giving a few hundred
dollars to an officer whose house was damaged by fire, to buying
Christmas presents for the family of an officer with terminal
cancer. We have several events throughout the year to promote
fellowship in the law enforcement ranks. These range from fishing
and golf tournaments to meetings with guest speakers.
We also serve several charities, the two primary ones being Easter
Seals and Special Olympics. We have fund raising events such as the
Polar Plunge where members get pledges and then jump into White Bear
Lake and Lake Superior.
We have also served in an ad hoc advisory capacity to elected
officials, who ask for law enforcement's opinion on various issues.
Annual dues are $20.00. A small portion of the dues goes to further
the objectives at the national level.
We hope that this short article has provided you an idea of what The
Fraternal Order of Police is all about. If you have any further
questions, feel free to contact State President Gary Cayo at
952-939-8551 or National Trustee Chuck Schauss at 612-581-4747.
The mission of
the Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police is to encourage
fraternal, educational, charitable, and social activities among
law enforcement officers and cultivate a spirit of fraternalism
with mutual helpfulness among our members and the people we
WE WILL ACHIEVE THIS MISSION BY:
Maintaining a professional organization with membership open
to all law enforcement officers notwithstanding
rank, title or position.
Maintaining a leadership role in sponsoring and supporting
youth activities and organizations in our communities.
and supporting ideas, issues, and projects which benefit the
entire law enforcement profession, not just the select few.