The Fraternal Order of Police is the world’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 354,000 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, 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 FOPUnlike other police organizations the FOP membership is comprised solely of sworn law enforcement and corrections officers.
All FOP lodges are united by the parent organization known as the Grand Lodge. The Board of Directors are elected at a biennial conference held in odd-numbered years. Each state having a State Lodge is entitled to elect a national trustee to serve on the board. Each local lodge is entitled to send delegates to the national conference to elect the officers and set the course, which the National Lodge will follow.
Under FOP, each local lodge decides for itself whether to engage in collective bargaining, legal defense or function solely as a social, professional organization. Many lodges do both. However, this choice is left strictly to the members of each lodge with no interference or decision-making by the State Lodge, National Lodge, or members of other agencies.
LODGE 48 Anderson, Indiana
Under the leadership of President Harry Avery and Vice President Mark Adams Lodge 48 in Anderson, Indiana was granted Charter into the Fraternal Order of Police on November 20th, 1928. Making Lodge 48 in Anderson Indiana as one of the oldest Charters inducted into the Fraternal Order of Police.