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Pennsylvania is the birthplace of the Fraternal Order of Police, which was formed in Pittsburgh in 1915.  The Pennsylvania State Lodge was established on July 24, 1934, and currently represents nearly 40,000 law enforcement members from Pennsylvania.  The State Lodge works tirelessly on behalf of its membership providing member assistance, educational programs, public service, and by advocating on their behalf for legislation to enhance their safety and security as well as that of the public.  The State Lodge has 107 subordinate lodges across the Commonwealth, and represents law enforcement officers from many different types of police agencies.  We welcome you to our website and hope you enjoy the information provided here.

FOP and PPFFA Position on H.B. 414



November 24, 2015

Dear Senator:

            On behalf of over 50,000 active and retired Pennsylvania Police Officers and Firefighters, the Fraternal Order of Police, Pennsylvania State Lodge, and the Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association, oppose House Bill 414, PN 2545. The bill, as amended in Senate Finance on November 18, 2015, totally ignores two thirds of Pennsylvania’s municipal pension plans and arbitrarily singles out police officers and firefighters, forcing them into an inadequate mandatory savings plan instead of their current, modest pension plans. 

            In its current form, House Bill 414 virtually eliminates retirement security for municipal police officers, firefighters and their families. In place of their current, modest pensions, the bill provides a glorified savings plan that lacks even the most basic disability protections for those who become disabled while risking their lives in the protection of others. If passed this legislation would be devastating to police officers and firefighters especially considering that most, unlike all other municipal employees, are not permitted to participate in the Social Security system through their municipal employment. It is a shameful and unnecessary swipe at the retirement security of our most valuable public servants who daily place their lives on the line in the protection of all Pennsylvanians. 

            Touted as pension reform, it is clear that amended House Bill 414 is nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to reduce earned well-funded modest pension benefits and eliminate collective bargaining for Pennsylvania’s police officers and firefighters. The most recent report from the Pennsylvania Public Employee Retirement Study Commission’s show that only 23 municipalities (representing 1.6% of all municipalities) are severely distressed. Additionally, according to statistics from the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs the overwhelming majority of municipal pensions are funded at a level of 80% or higher (most pension experts consider 80% funding level as “fully funded”).

            Over the past several years, the Pennsylvania FOP and the PPFFA have actively participated in numerous discussions and pension task forces and have offered a variety of reforms that would improve the current pension systems. We will continue to work in good faith toward meaningful reforms. But HB 414 is not meaningful, it is not honest, and it is not reform. It displaces a well-funded pension system with a savings plan that does not adequately address the death and disability aspects of public safety employment, nor does it provide even a poverty-level benefit for retired members unless they work well beyond the years of useful public safety service.

            For these reasons, the Pennsylvania FOP and the Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters oppose HB 414, PN 2545, which will inflict real and lasting harm on Pennsylvania’s police officers, firefighters and their families. We respectfully ask that you oppose the bill.

            If you have any questions about the FOP and PPFFA’s united position on HB 414, please feel free to contact us directly. Thank you for your continued support.



Les Neri, President                                                       Art Martynuska, President

Fraternal Order of Police                                             Pennsylvania Professional

Pennsylvania State Lodge                                            Fire Fighters Association

Mobile: 610-331-9448                                                 Mobile: 814-525-0536                                               

President Neri Addresses Verdict


HARRISBURG (Nov. 5, 2015) – Fraternal Order of Police, State Lodge President Les Neri today issued the following statement regarding the verdict reached in the trial of Hummelstown Police Officer Lisa Mearkle:

            “Today’s verdict confirms what we knew all along: Officer Mearkle is a good police officer who acted in accordance with her duties and the law. Officer Mearkle should be restored to active duty as soon as possible so she can continue to faithfully serve the Hummelstown community.

            “We are grateful to the 12 citizens who reviewed the evidence and recognized Officer Mearkle’s actions for what they were and delivered a fair and just verdict. By the same token, we’re disappointed that the Dauphin County District Attorney’s office did not come to that same conclusion eight months ago.

 “We find Chief Deputy District Attorney Johnny Baer’s characterization of Officer Mearkle’s motives for the use of deadly force as punishment for fleeing police both disgusting and reprehensible. The demonizing of police officers who are forced to make split-second decisions unfairly tarnishes the work done by good police officers. It ignores the unreasonable actions or crimes committed by those who created these situations in the first place.”

FOP Calls on Members to Boycott Tarantino

Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, called on the organization’s members to boycott Mr. Quentin Tarantino’s film, The Hateful Eight, which is scheduled to be released later this year.  In addition, the FOP is advising its members not to accept assignments or perform off-duty work, such as providing security, traffic control or technical assistance to any project involving Mr. Tarantino.

“For a man who has built his career on glorifying criminal violence, we take great offense to his recent comments calling law enforcement officers ‘murderers’ just days after an actual murder of a New York City Police Officer,” Canterbury said. 

The FOP has urged its 2300 lodges and 330,000 members to boycott Mr. Tarantino’s latest project in reaction to his inflammatory remarks describing law enforcement officers as “murderers” while attending an anti-police rally.  Canterbury sent a letter to the Weinstein Company informing them of the reasons the FOP would be boycotting the film.


“If Mr. Tarantino truly wished to be on “the side of the murdered,” he would speak in defense of Officer Holder and the 37 other law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2015.  Thirty-eight dead police officers may not be much of a body count for a Tarantino film, but to the brave men and women of the Fraternal Order of Police, it is far too many,” Canterbury said.

The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest law enforcement labor organization in the United States, with more than 330,000 members.

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Dear Members and Supporters,    The messages of support and encouragement for the officers involved in the situation in Baltimore has been overwhelming. We are extremely grateful and humbled.   Along with that support are the many, many people who wish to donate monetarily to support these officers during what appears to be lengthy judicial process.
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