Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
A. The Fraternal Order of Police is the world's largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 325,000 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 FOP.
A. The Fraternal Order of Police is comprised of over 325,000 regularly appointed or elected and full-time employed law enforcement officers of the United States, any state or political subdivision thereof, or any agency.
A. The Fraternal Order of Police is a full service member representation organization. The membership of each local lodge determines the services that are provided by his/her local lodge. The members of each State Lodge determine what services are provided by the State Lodge. The National Fraternal Order of Police provides a wide variety of services.
A. If you are a regularly appointed or elected and full-time employed law enforcement officer of the United States, any state or political subdivision thereof, or any agency, then you can become a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. If you are a family member of a Fraternal Order of Police member you may join the FOP Auxiliary. If you are a supporter of Law Enforcement you may join the FOP Associates. Please contact your local Fraternal Order of Police lodge who will assist you through the membership process.
A. The National Fraternal Order of Police does not conduct telephone solicitations. However, some State and local FOP lodges do. If you have a question about a telephone call you received requesting that you make a donation to the FOP, please contact the local FOP lodge in your area or the FOP State Lodge in your state.
A. If you qualify for membership, click on the "read more" button below for more information on membership and access to download and print out the application. Then, fill it out and send it to one of the lodges listed on the application. You will be notified by that lodge when voted in. read more
A. An Associate member is anyone affiliated with Law Enforcement. They have the same rights as a Full-Time member, except they do not have voting rights nor can they hold an office/board position.
A. Currently the SDFOP offers the Legal Defense Plan at a group rate which can be payroll deducted or billed quarterly or annually to its members. SDFOP also offers a $5,000 accidental death benefit to its members that are included in your dues. If the accidental death happens on duty, the policy doubles. As a member you can have your checks personally designed by the FOP. Click on the "read more" button below for more information and to download applications.read more