South Jordan Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #016.

Proudly Serving the members of the South Jordan Police Department since August, 2003

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South Jordan Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #016

The South Jordan Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #016 represents the members of the South Jordan City Police Department, South Jordan, Utah.

Our lodge was formed in 2003 and has an active, involved membership with a very high enrolment rate.

Our lodge seeks to represent it's members in a positive fashion. We are building a trusting relationship with police administration, and are forming a partnership with our community and the citizens we serve.

Learn more about the F.O.P. grand lodge and it's history by clicking here.


History of the FOP: A Brief History of the Fraternal Order of Police

The Fraternal Order of Police is the world's largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than two thousand one hundred lodges and over 324,000 members. 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. Founded in 1915, we are still "Building on a Proud Tradition."®

In 1915, the life of a policeman was bleak. In many communities they were forced to work 12 hour days, 365 days a year. Police officers didn't like it, but there was little they could do to change their working conditions. There were no organizations to make their voices heard; no other means to make their grievances known.

This soon changed, thanks to the courage and wisdom of two Pittsburgh patrol officers. Martin Toole and Delbert Nagle knew they must first organize police officers, like other labor interests, if they were to be successful in making life better for themselves and their fellow police officers. They and 21 others "who were willing to take a chance" met on May 14, 1915, and held the first meeting of the Fraternal Order of Police. They formed Fort Pitt Lodge #1. They decided on this name due to the anti-union sentiment of the time. However, there was no mistaking their intentions. As they told their city mayor, Joe Armstrong, the FOP would be the means "to bring our aggrievances before the Mayor or Council and have many things adjusted that we are unable to present in any other way...we could get many things through our legislature that our Council will not, or cannot give us."

And so it began, a tradition of police officers representing police officers. The Fraternal Order of Police was given life by two dedicated police officers determined to better their profession and those who choose to protect and serve our communities, our states, and our country. It was not long afterward that Mayor Armstrong was congratulating the Fraternal Order of Police for their "strong influence in the legislatures in various states,...their considerate and charitable efforts" on behalf of the officers in need and for the FOP's "efforts at increasing the public confidence toward the police to the benefit of the peace, as well as the public."

From that small beginning the Fraternal Order of Police began growing steadily. In 1917, the idea of a National Organization of Police Officers came about. Today, the tradition that was first envisioned over 90 years ago lives on with more than 2,100 local lodges and more than 325,000 members in the United States. The Fraternal Order of Police has become the largest professional police organization in the country. The FOP continues to grow because we have been true to the tradition and continued to build on it. The Fraternal Order of Police are proud professionals working on behalf of law enforcement officers from all ranks and levels of government.

What are the benefits of being a member?

  • The Fraternal Order of Police (the "FOP") is the largest organization of police officers in the world. With just more than 324,000 members it is still growing fast. It is also the oldest police organization. Only Law enforcement officers may be members, but individual lodges may have the option of having associate members. The Grand Lodge's executive board meets with the President of the United States on a regular basis.
  • The FOP has a full time staff with a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. There is also the National Headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • The FOP has three regional "self - help" groups which are recognized by the participation of the individual state lodges in the region, e.g., Eastern States Regional Coalition, Southern States FOP Association and the Western States FOP Association.
  • The FOP is proud to be the only full service, national law enforcement organization in the country with developed, sophisticated national and state programs. Full service means an aggressive, active productive and definable legislative, labor, legal, professional, administrative and social programs.
  • The FOP sends monthly reports to the State Lodges from the National Officers.
  • You can receive unlimited legal coverage for a low monthly fee. The program allows you to choose your own attorney. It protects you criminally, civilly and on administrative incidents. This is a good program for every member of your lodge. It keeps your executive board from making unpopular legal decisions that could split your organization.
  • $5000 accidental Death, $10,000 Line of Duty Death, each lodge can upgrade if they choose to pay the extra premium. The State Lodge gives each member this coverage at no additional cost.
  • National, attend Day on the Hill in Washington DC each year lobbying for improved laws for better law enforcement. State, we have hired a lobbyist that is working hard to better our local and State laws.
  • Involved in programs like, Easter Seals, Life Across America, Special Olympics and many others that promote the good things about law enforcement, and our involvement with the communities we work in.
  • Throughout the year the FOP sponsors several types of training, at various locations.
  • The FOP has been the driving factor in making May 15 recognized nationally as the Police Officer Memorial Day, along with building the Police Memorial in Washington D.C. Unity, a combined voice is much more effective in any situation. Fraternalism is what is needed in our State.

Meeting Dates and Times

The South Jordan Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police meets on a monthly basis. We hold our meetings in the training room of the South Jordan Police Deparment at 5:00 p.m. on every third Thursday of the month (holidays excluded). All members are welcome but not requried to attend. We will hold occasional "general membership" meetings where all members are strongly encoraged to participate. Keep an eye out here for the latest updates and information.

Membership Application

Please note that legal coverage begins at the beginning of the month following enrollment.All applications must be turned into the lodge secretary (not to human resources).

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The Executive Board of the South Jordan Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #016:

President: Pat Dempsey

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Vice-President: Ryan Coons

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Secretary: Stevan Gerber

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Treasurer: Sam Winkler

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State Trustee: Tim Prince

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