Pray for Florence, SC

Please pray for the Florence County Sheriff’s Office and Florence City Police Department. It has been reported that 3 Deputies, 4 Officers and one civilian were shot; one Officer has died as a result. The selfless acts of bravery from these men and women will never be forgotten. Let us all come together and cover these Departments and Families with praying during this difficult time.

FOP National President responds to Nike’s new campaign ad

Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, released the following statement:

“Colin Kaepernick and all Americans have the constitutional right to freely express their views, even if they are uninformed and inflammatory. Indeed, law enforcement officers have an obligation to defend these rights and we do so every day, even in those cases when the views expressed are hostile, hateful or offensive to the men and women of law enforcement.
“The Fraternal Order of Police has been called upon to boycott Nike for capitalizing on this former professional football player because he attracts controversy. In our experience, boycotts and similar exercises do not succeed and often serve only to enrich the company—which is not what we want to do. Our members and, for that matter, any American citizen, understands when the law enforcement profession is being insulted—we have no doubt they will make their purchases with that insult in mind..
“If Nike chooses to create an ad campaign featuring a former quarterback who describes cops as ‘pigs’ and makes large donations to the family of a convicted cop killer and wanted fugitive, Joanne Chesimard, who murdered New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster in cold blood in 1973, they are free to do so.
“Since 2016, 381 officers have been killed in the line of duty. They believed in something and sacrificed everything, as did the families they left behind. All of the men and women in law enforcement believe in something and are prepared to sacrifice everything.
“Ultimately, this ad campaign will end and our nation will no longer associate ‘sacrifice’ and ‘sneakers.’ Instead, we will once again associate ‘sacrifice’ with our fellow Americans in our military and police departments who stand in harm’s way to protect the rest of us and our right to express ourselves.”

Officer wellness training now available!

The Fraternal Order of Police is proud to announce that training is now available for all State and Local Lodges through the National FOP’ Officer Wellness Committee. Lodges should note the wellness course catalog includes peer mentoring training identified through SB 867 and recently signed into federal law by the President. Please visit www.fop.net for more information!

President Trump and Vice President Pence Join FOP in Salute to Fallen Heroes

Today, the Fraternal Order of Police and the law enforcement community will assemble on the West Front of the U.S. Capital to honor 199 law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. The National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service is the capstone event of National Police Week. “We come together today to grieve the loss of these fine men and women, but also to honor their lives and their sacrifice,” said Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police. “We will find peace and renew our commitment to the safety of the communities we protect.” To read more please visit www.fop.net.

FOP President Canterbury on Cole Memo Revocation

Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, applauded today’s announcement by Attorney General Jefferson B Sessions III that the U.S. Department of Justice investigations into the violations of Federal drug laws involving marijuana.

 

The Cole Member, issued in 2013 in response to several States removing criminal penalties for the use and possession of marijuana, allowed for creation of a “pot industry” and created a veneer of legitimacy to violations of federal law, which prohibits the use, possession and production of this dangerous drug.

“From 1996, when he was elected to the Senate, to today as our nation’s ‘top cop,’ Attorney General Sessions has been a key law enforcement ally and supporter of the rule of law, ” said Canterbury. “Like our members, he is also a strong proponent of Federal enforcement of our nation’s narcotics laws. This experiment of giving cover to drug dealers has had fatal consequences. When marijuana was ‘legalized’ in Colorado, traffic-related deaths due to marijuana rose from 13% to 20%. This is costing people their lives.”

The Attorney General’s announcement is good news for public safety and public heath. There will be no Federal agents chasing individual users-but it will give law enforcement the discretion it lost when the Cole Memo was issued.

“As our nation celebrated the New Year, many of us caught live coverage of drug use on CNN, a violation of Federal law and a dangerous contribution to normalizing drug abuse,” said Canterbury. “Our members don’t make law or policy-we enforce it. If our citizens want to change the existing law, they should do so. As law enforcement officers, we cannot pick and choose whats laws will be enforced.”

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

Renews Call to Action Regarding Hate Crime Legislation

271 Officers shot in 2017; 18 more than in 2016. FOP renews call for reintroduction of hate crimes legislation. Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, welcomed news that 2017 ended with the second lowest number of law enforcement officer fatalities in more than 50 years. Overall there was a 10% decrease of officers killed in the line of duty, most notably 45 who were shot and killed in 2017 compared to 66 the year before. While this is a welcomed reduction it does not tell the whole story.

“Last year saw the second fewest line of duty deaths in the last 50 years, but our officers are being killed or wounded by gunfire at a higher rate than before,” stated Canterbury. “In 2016, 253 officers were shot in the line of duty and 45 who made the ultimate sacrifice. This past year we had 271 officers shot in the line of duty and 45 who made the ultimate sacrifice. This is unacceptable for men and women of law enforcement.”

The threats law enforcement faces every day by people with hatred and animus toward our police officers was highlighted by the New Years Eve ambush that wounded 4 officers and killed another in Colorado. This is why the Fraternal Order of Police is calling on Congress to make it a Federal offense to deliberately target law enforcement officers with violence.

“Our members are increasingly under fire by individuals motivated by nothing more than a desire to kill or injure a cop. Enough is enough!” declared Canterbury. “Now Americans who choose to be law enforcement officers, who choose to serve their communities and put their lives on the line for fellow citizens, find themselves hunted and targeted just because of the uniform that they wear. This has to stop.”

In October 2015, the Department of Justice released their “Ambushes of Police” report that detailed the number of ambush attacked reported on law enforcement officers. The Executive Summary of the report states, “…the proportion of fatal attacks on officers attributable to ambushes increasing. Concerns about targeted violence against police are on the rise, while officers must not only be guardians of the public but also be prepared to response to violence targeting them [sic].”

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