From the National FOP Lodge: Presidential Screening Questionnaire Responses

2016PresidentialQuestionnaire

Selecting Our Candidate for President

It is time again for our members and our organization to take a hard look at the candidates standing for Federal office and make a decision about which candidates would best serve our nation and the interests of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Our State and local lodges, of course, will make decisions about races for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, as well as a myriad of other State and local races. For the National FOP, we must evaluate the candidates for President of the United States and make an endorsement which reflects the preference of our membership.

The most recent Standing Resolution of the Grand Lodge provides that the National President and Vice President will appoint a U.S. Presidential Screening Committee (Screening Committee). This has been done. Both campaigns were provided with a presidential screening questionnaire developed with the cooperation of the National Legislative Office. The responses to the questionnaire will be provided to the members via the FOP Journal and electronically through our website and other platforms.

The Trump for President campaign returned a completed questionnaire, but the Clinton campaign declined to do so and has not provided a reason or explanation as to why they are not seeking the endorsement of the FOP. This lack of response came in spite of repeated requests and reminders both in writing and by telephone.

Prior to the Fall Meeting of the National Board of Trustees, the members of the Screening Committee will meet with the candidates who completed the presidential questionnaire. That having been said, in a previous election cycle in which one candidate declined to complete our questionnaire, the Screening Committee opted not to meet with either campaign and let the completed questionnaire and the uncompleted questionnaire speak for themselves.

This, however, is only part of the process. Each State Lodge has (or should have) a process by which the members of the local lodges within the State Lodge would convey their preference for a candidate to their National Trustee. It is important that each member know about his or her State’s process for instructing their National Trustee so that all FOP members can meaningfully participate in this process.

Following the State’s evaluation of the candidates for President, the National Trustees will consider the report of the Screening Committee at the Fall meeting of the National Board of Trustees and a formal vote on the endorsement will be taken. Each Trustee must cast a vote for a candidate or for “no endorsement.” A candidate who receives a two-thirds majority of the National Board of Trustees receives the endorsement of the National Fraternal Order of Police.

The Fraternal Order of Police is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most influential organization of law enforcement professionals in the United States. As such, we play a prominent role in the formation of national law enforcement policy. The endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police is a statement to the nation as well as our members that our aims and goals–an emphasis on officer safety, fair treatment for law enforcement as public employees and tough anti-crime measures–are the same as our candidate, and that we believe our candidate will best serve the interests of the law enforcement community.

It is important to recognize that there is not and never will be a candidate with whom we will agree 100% of the time. Our goal here is to carefully and deliberately review the candidates, their responses, and their history on the issues that matter to us and then make an informed decision as to which would best serve the interests of our fraternity.

When that decision is made, that candidate will receive our active and enthusiastic support.

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Aid To West Virginia Disaster/Flood Victims

Brothers and Sisters,

 

Please read the below and determine if your lodge can assist in any way by sending funds to the National FOP Disaster Relief Fund.  The Grand Lodge will disburse the funds but money is needed in order to do that.  It appears the flooding there has caused total devastation. Please offer thoughts and prayers to our Brothers and Sisters there who are dealing with this disaster as well as trying to locate a place for them and their families to live,

 

Ron Bartmier

 

Urgent Request

Assisting law Enforcement members who are flood victims

The following email has been received by the National FOP after we had inquired about providing assistance. The National Disaster Relief fund will send emergency funds to those police officers who are FOP members and as National President I am requesting Lodges and Members to send a donation to the National FOP Foundation to help us assist our brothers and sisters in West Virgina. Please share on all Social Media Sites

 

Please send donations to:

National FOP Foundation

701 Marriott Drive

Nashville, TN 37214

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*****ATTENTION MEMBERS*****

Elections will be held on Tuesday June 14th at 6:30 PM. Please attend and cast your vote.

The E Board has met with interim director Allbaugh and has another meeting set for May 24th. Please send suggestions to any EBoard member.

Stay safe.

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Don’t Give Up

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

Thomas A. Edison

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Members Only

If you haven’t checked out the Members Only section in a while, please take some time and give it a look. I’m constantly seeking suggestions for improvements and depend on you for suggestions. If you need access, just complete and submit the form in the Members Only section. Hope to hear from you soon!

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Parole Officer Remembered At Blue Mass

Parole Officer Jeff McCoy Remembered At Blue Mass

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Memorial Fund For Officer McCoy’s Family

Donations to Jeff’s family can be made at any BancFirst location to the Jeffery McCoy Memorial Fund. Find a BancFirst location near you.

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Funeral Services For Officer Jeff McCoy

Services for Officer McCoy are set for Wednesday, May 23 at 2:pm at Crosspoint Baptist Church, 2601 24th Ave SE, Norman, Ok. (405-329-0823). A graveside service will be held at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, 2301 E Indian Hills Rd., Norman, Ok.

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Online Recruiting

Ever wonder what we get for having an internet presence? One of our most valuable tools is our ability to recruit new members through the use of an online application form. It’s simple and easy to use. So when someone asks how to join, just say, “Go to www.okfop147.com, click on the Membership Application tab, complete the form and hit submit!” Here’s something to think about: Since we launched our new site in August, 2011 we have recruited two new members through the use of our online application. Our website recruits for us 24/7 and rarely complains. Sounds like a good deal to me!

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