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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.




President Neri Responds To Governor Wolf's Veto Of HB 1538

STATE FOP ISSUES STATEMENT ON GOV. WOLF’S VETO OF BILL TO IDENTIFY POLICE OFFICERS INVOLVED IN DEADLY FORCE INCIDENTS

                HARRISBURG, Pa. (Nov. 21, 2016) – Fraternal Order of Police, State Lodge President Les Neri today issued the following statement following Gov. Wolf’s decision to veto the bill that would have provided a 30-day “cooling off” period before the names of police officers involved in the use of deadly force incidents could be released.
 

 “We are disappointed in Gov. Wolf’s veto today. The safety and security of the men and women who protect and serve our communities is and always will be our first priority. Sadly, the governor does not see it the same way. Our officers step into harm’s way time and time again, as evidenced by the killing and ambush shootings of multiple police officers that occurred across our country just this past weekend.

 “In today’s internet age, when information is readily available at someone’s fingertips, people are quick to rush to judgment without full comprehension of the facts. This has, unfortunately, played out with law enforcement across the country in times when officers have been forced to make life-and- death decisions in fractions of a second. In the aftermath, the totality of the situation is often brushed aside for the convenience of getting a quick story that fits a specific narrative and possibly condemning an officer for what a thorough investigation may, and many times has, determine to be a proper use of force.

“This rush to judgment not only puts the officer at risk but also their loved ones. If this trend continues, law enforcement officers will be forced to second-guess every decision they have been trained to make in the service of protecting their communities, for fear subjecting themselves or their families to danger bred from a rush to judgment absent of the facts.

“House Bill 1538, which the governor vetoed today, was the result of much deliberation from varying viewpoints and interests, including law enforcement groups at both the municipal and state level, as well as the District Attorneys Association, the Office of Attorney General and the Chiefs of Police Association. By allowing an investigation to become complete or delaying the release of the involved officer’s name, time is provided for the authorities to properly and completely investigate an incident. When this occurs, the release of the officer’s name would be done with an accurate picture of what occurred, good or bad. If the investigation revealed that the use of force was unnecessary, then the officer’s information should be released and they should face appropriate repercussions.

“The 40,000 members of the Pennsylvania FOP State Lodge had hoped that the governor would have taken the final step in shielding law enforcement officers during times of potential danger and stress by signing House Bill 1538, which was overwhelmingly passed by both chambers of the Legislature with bi-partisan support, but that is not the case.

“The Pennsylvania FOP State Lodge stands committed to finding a solution that addresses these serious concerns and respectfully urges Gov. Wolf to do the same.”

STATE FOP ISSUES STATEMENT REGARDING SHOOTING OF CANNONSBURG POLICE OFFICER

HARRISBURG (Nov. 10, 2016) – Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge President Les Neri today issued the following statement regarding the shooting death of a Canonsburg police officer and the wounding of another.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased officer. He is a hero who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting the community he served. We honor his bravery and unselfishness in the face of danger. We also join the Canonsburg community in praying for the healing of the wounded officer. We ask all Pennsylvanians to pray for these officers, their families and their communities.”

Are The Police Racist? Does The Truth Matter?

Published on Aug 22, 2016

Are the police racist? Do they disproportionately shoot African-Americans? Are incidents in places like Ferguson and Baltimore evidence of systemic discrimination? Heather Mac Donald, a scholar at the Manhattan Institute, explains. Click here to watch the You Tube video.

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