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Join The FOP- The Best Decision You Will Ever Make

Ever wonder why the Fraternal Order of Police is by leaps and bounds the largest representative police organization in the Nation and growing? Take a moment to watch this excellent video released by our FOP Brothers/Sisters in Washington State and ask yourself, who knows better the issues and challenges we face better than the officers who have patrolled the beat, worked the jails, and served their communities? Only those who have done the job! This video was produced by WA State FOP but applies to every FOP lodge in this nation. From your Local Lodge to your State Lodge to your National Lodge the brotherhood we share being FOP members, bar none, is the greatest reason why we should all join together and become members of the FOP, the greatest Law Enforcement Organization in the world.

FOP Recruitment Video from PixelSoft Films on Vimeo.

We are this Nation's and Colorado's largest and most unified voice of our profession. Cops working for and supporting cops and our profession. If we don't look out for each other...no one will. Take a look at what the FOP has done around this country and in each state in which they represent a majority of its officers. Take a look at what has been accomplished for the betterment of law enforcement and the communities they serve. You will have to agree, the Fraternal Order of Police is the best of the best. Be part of your future. Be FOP.

Becoming a member of the Fraternal Order of Police is by far the best decision that you will make!

If there is a Lodge established in your area we suggest you contact the lodge that represents your agency where they can answer all your questions with regard to dues, benefits and other aspects of membership.

If you are uncertain if there is a Lodge in your jurisdiction then contact our administrative offices for assistance.  Visit this link to our "Contact Us" page for contact information.

INTERESTED IN STARTING A LODGE IN YOUR AREA?

If you have enough interest in your area and are wanting to start a local FOP Lodge, or you are simply curious as to what is needed to start a local lodge, you need only contact our office at 303-426-1733.

Statewide "At Large Lodge" Covers Appilicants With No Local Lodge

There are law enforcement officers around the State that do not have a local Lodge established for them to join. Yet we get requests daily from officers in small agencies to join the Fraternal Order of Police. In the past we have enlisted them in open lodges near their jurisdiction. However, this has proven cumbersome for both the officer and the lodge. 

On May 8, 2009 the Colorado State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police officially established an “At Large” FOP Lodge for those officers to join. Although we strongly encourage the formation of a Local Lodge in your jurisdiction, we know that is not always possible.  So that is why Rocky Mtn #100 was established.  You and other officers from your jurisdiction can join the "at large" lodge and receive all of the services provided by the State FOP including Legal Defense and Labor Services.  If at some point in the future you have enough interest in establishing a Local Lodge then we will simply transfer all local members to your new FOP lodge.

The new Statewide "At Large" Lodge is designated as Rocky Mountain FOP Lodge 100”. This Lodge will be managed by the State FOP Executive Board. A copy of the by-laws and application available for download. Simply click on the following link:

 

Rocky Mtn 100 Member Application   

 

Rocky Mtn Lodge 100 Member ACH Dues Form

 

Colorado Fraternal Order of Police
Rocky Mountain Lodge 100
Attn: Troy Cooper
2701 W. 84th Ave. Suite # 211
Westminster, CO 80031

   

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR BECOMING A PART OF THE LARGEST LAW ENFORCEMENT UNION IN THE NATION AND IN COLORADO.

Draft Lodge Constitutions Available
Mar 16, 2012

Lodge audits are conducted by the State Lodge Treasurer on a regular basis. In addition to several key requirements of conducting the business of a lodge the most important is having a current, legal, and proper Lodge Constitution/Bylaws in place and on file with the State Lodge. That is paramount to legally function as a lodge.

It is a known fact many lodges either do not have a constitution/bylaws in place, or the one they use is completely out of date. We have two sample constitution/bylaws available here for download. They are in word format and can be edited to accommodate your lodge.

Please download both draft constitutions and review which one would better suit your Lodge needs. Once you have your Lodge constitution/bylaws up to date you must send a copy to the State FOP Secretary for review and approval.


Download: FOP Lodge Const-Draft Sample 1.doc , FOP Lodge Const-Draft Sample 2.doc

Why The FOP?
May 30, 2008

Nationally, we are the oldest and largest Professional Law Enforcement Organization in the world. Our membership is made up exclusively of active and retired police officers. We are an organization run BY cops FOR cops!

The Fraternal Order of Police was started in 1908 by two Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania police officers, Delbert Nagle and Martin Toole. The FOP's main goal then, and remains today, was to improve the working conditions of police there, who were working 12 hour shifts, 365 days a year. The Fraternal Order of Police has grown from its original 23 officers in Pittsburgh, to more than 330,000 members in all 50 states. The FOP has 45 state lodges and more than 2,200 local lodges. In Colorado we have more than 5,000 members.

From Massachusetts to California, from Florida to Minnesota, members of the FOP are speaking out on behalf of their fellow officers--the men and women who serve our communities and protect our nation's freedoms. The FOP is proud of its tradition of "Police Representing Police." This is also the reason that more labor contracts are negotiated by FOP lodges both in Colorado and across the nation than any other professional police organization.

The FOP is by far the largest police organization in both Colorado and the United States. You have to be in Law Enforcement to be a member. The FOP is managed by current and retired law enforcement officers. The key to the FOP's success is its flexibility and its structure as a democratically governed labor organization. Every member has an equal voice and the opportunity to determine the course and direction of the Fraternal Order of Police as a whole.

Our membership numbers are growing in Colorado and across the country. Nevertheless, over the last year or so, we have often heard the question, "Why should I join the Fraternal Order of Police?" The first place to start to answer that question would be to discuss the environment in which law enforcement members find themselves. Our overall goal is to promote and improve our profession through education, legislation, and community involvement.

Law Enforcement Officers across Colorado need representation and legal defense. The intense scrutiny under which you must perform an extremely difficult job has made you the targets of the media, politicians, and special interest groups. This makes you a target of opportunity and exploitation. Without the benefit of a professional representative organization you are out there on your own. We have your back. Every day you are exposed to risk of civil suit or administrative action that could cost you your job and ruin you financially. If for no other reason, the legal protection you receive as a benefit of FOP membership should convince every sworn Law Enforcement Officer to join.

Today there are hundreds of law enforcement officers working in Colorado with no legal defense protection at all. The very nature of law enforcement work brings with it continuous exposure to administrative action, civil law suits, and criminal prosecution. Work where one error in judgment, or one false accusation, could cost the officer not only his job and his financial well being, but also his freedom. It has and does happen. When this happens the officer must find and pay for an attorney to defend him. That is an expensive proposition, and there are very few attorneys in Colorado whose expert practice is defending law enforcement officers. When you need an attorney in a time like this, you want your future in the hands of the best in the business. The FOP has the best in the business of law enforcement defense. We have the best legal defense plan available for law enforcement officers bar none. And the most experienced attorneys with law firms who specialize in the complexities of defending law enforcement.

We have a robust political action program.  Like all citizens our members come from a variety of political beliefs and hold strong opinions about who they, as individuals, feel should serve us in office. Like all citizens we try to sort through the political claims of the parties and the distorted advertising and false picture each side tries to present about the other. The majority of us full well know both sides are exagerating their positions with outright lies and distortions of fact that they hope we are dumb enough to believe in order to gain our support and vote.

The FOP is tasked by the membership at the local, state and national level with fulfilling its primary goal of improving the rights, benefits, and working conditions of law enforcement officers. In order to accomplish that, we must be fully involved with those who control and influence those issues. It would be a diservice to our members if we did not closely examine those seeking office and establish what that candidate's track record and platform is when it comes to improving or degrading our rights as public employees. That can only be accomplished by FOP political action and organizational endorsement at every level of our organization.

Politicians of both parties at the national, state county, and municipal levels of government covet the support and endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police. It is a benefit for them to be able to claim the support of law enforcement. They understand the public values candidates who have earned the respect and support of their police officers. That fact alone does and has made the difference in close races. An FOP endorsement has been the difference between victory and defeat in many of those elections. This year will be no different. Those politicians who seek our support understand that.

The endorsement of a candidate by the nation's largest law enforcement group is not given easily. It must be earned. Organizationally when supporting or endorsing any politician we give little consideration to a politician’s party. We have no interest in their platform on issues other than those that our members pay their dues for us to protect or improve. To do otherwise would be a disservice to the membership, and would greatly hamper our efforts to accomplish our primary responsibilities to our members. At times that goes against the individual personal politics of some members.

We would prefer not to be involved in politics.  That would be in a perfect world. Well it is not a perfect world and certain political groups have worked hard to make it less perfect for cops.  And those of that political ilk will not be satisfied until the scapegoat they have made of us has successfully stripped us of what we have fought so hard to gain or hold on to.  It is what it is and we will not participate in helping them do it.

The FOP does not have a “D” or an “R” next to its name.  We do not support or endorse tea parties, coffee parties, beer parties, or any party whose political flavor is to roll back public employee rights or benefits.  And while some of our members will go to the ballot box and vote for people who would take their benefits and rights away this organization will not endorse or support those politicians.  We will only support those who support us in this fight that has been launched against the public employee. Remember that this November. We will remind you along the way.

First and Foremost the Colorado FOP is a labor organization. We offer a full range of labor services and the expertise and resources of our Labor Council to assist lodges in all labor matters that come from working in law enforcement. Everything from addressing your management or local government on issues in your workplace, or in those places where we are asked assisting in gaining your members the right to collectively bargain a labor contract and assisting in those complex negotiations.

We are an independent labor organization representing law enforcement. Our profession is unique and we firmly believe that only law enforcement officers should represent law enforcement officers and their interests. We know our stuff and we know cops better than any other organization. We are not polluted with non-law enforcement personnel running the show like most other labor organizations who would seek to represent law enforcement. Those organizations have proven time and time again they are incapable of adequately representing the law enforcement profession or its members. Law enforcement has little or no voice in their organizations. They have bigger masters to serve and simply collect your dues.

Ask yourself, who knows better the issues and challenges we face better than the officers who have patrolled the beat and served our communities? Only those who have done the job! If we don’t take care of our own, no one else will. Take a look at what the FOP has done around this country and in each state in which they represent a majority of its officers. Take a look at what has been accomplished for the betterment of law enforcement and the communities they serve. You will have to agree, the Fraternal Order of Police is the best of the best.

The brotherhood we share being FOP members, bar none, is the greatest reason why we should all join together and become members of the greatest Law Enforcement Organization in the world. Deputies & Police Officers across Colorado need representation and legal defense. If any group of officers is interested in having a meeting we will travel to your location and answer your questions about the FOP and why you should belong. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you and your fellow officers.

You have to be in Law Enforcement to be a member of and to run this organization. The key to the FOP's success is its flexibility and its structure as a democratically governed labor organization. Every member has an equal voice and the opportunity to determine the course and direction of the Fraternal Order of Police as a whole. We believe that after examining who we are and what we have to offer your group will be convinced the best organization to improve your benefits and working conditions and represent your interests is the Fraternal Order of Police.

If any group of officers is interested in having a meeting we will travel to your location and answer your questions about the FOP and why you should belong. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you and your fellow officers. We believe that after examining who we are and what we have to offer your group will be convinced the best organization to improve your benefits and working conditions and represent your interests is the Fraternal Order of Police.

If you want more information on joining or forming a lodge in your area call 303-426-1733.

 

 

 

 

 

 




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