NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT APPRECIATION DAY
January 9, 2016
2015 was a very tough year for Law Enforcement. 129 Law Enforcement Officers made the ultimate sacrifice protecting their communities. Socially, Law Enforcement Officers were often characterized as less than the noble warriors they are, protecting and serving.
As we begin 2016, I encourage all of you to start the New Year off in full support of your local Law Enforcement Officers. We must never forget, Law Enforcement Officers are on the “front lines” every night and day. We all enjoy freedoms because women and men have answered the call to serve and protect.
January 9, 2016 is the Fraternal Order of Police National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Showing your appreciation for Law Enforcement only takes a minute, yet it means the world to those who are all too often unappreciated.
Several ways you can show your support:
• Change your Facebook profile picture to a pro Law Enforcement image
• Thank a Law Enforcement Officer
• Wear blue clothing to show your support
• Send a card or letter to your local Law Enforcement Agency
• Share a positive Law Enforcement experience on social media
• Display a blue light at your home or business
• Visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/nationallawenforcementappreciationday2015/
Possibly, the best way to show your support is to share this information. After you make the commitment to show your support, contact your friends and family and encourage them to do the same. Law Enforcement Officers are part of their communities and deserve the support of their communities. A community in support of Law Enforcement leaves little space for criminals to occupy.
The Lodge will open on Saturday at 4pm and on Sunday from 12pm to 10pm for this weekends NFL playoff games. The Redskins are playing Green Bay Packers at 4:40pm on Sunday.
The interest arbitration between the FOP and the County to determine the terms of our next collective bargaining agreement will continue on Monday, November 9, 2015, with further proceedings scheduled before Arbitrator Joshua Javits.
When bargaining in this round began in January of this year, the County was planning to furlough police officers for multiple weeks, with each week representing a 2% cut in base pay. The County also was not willing to negotiate meaningfully about any improvements in pay or working conditions. The FOP already has stopped the furloughs, working with other employee organizations and supporters in the County Council. Now the FOP is trying to obtain at least some improvements in our collective bargaining agreement. That is the purpose of interest arbitration – to get both parties to compromise and make reasonable proposals that will be accepted by the arbitrator as the most appropriate way to end a bargaining impasse.
The parties are still making efforts to finish the arbitration and resolve their dispute before the upcoming holidays. We will keep you informed as the process nears its conclusion.
Dean M. Jones
President, FOP Lodge 89
FOP 89 Stands Behind this Boycott. Below is the post from the National FOP Website. Click on the link in the below for the letter sent by President Canterbury to the Weinstein Company.
|America’s Largest Police Union 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.
Our photo gallery is now up and running. If you go to the Member Section tab and pick the photo gallery you will be able to access the two galleries we have up – 2015 Sea of Blue March and Rally and the 9th Annual FHM Car Show. We have also added under the Fallen Heroes Tab a new page titled Final Roll Call. As you look through the final roll call please keep us informed of any errors you find. We would also like to get any of the missing dates or pictures if anyone has the information or pictures. Send any comments, information, or photos to 2nd VP Consoli – firstname.lastname@example.org
FOP Lodge 89 is creating a Heroes’ Walk at our Fallen Heroes’ Memorial. You can now purchase a brick for the walk which can be engraved with a personalized message. See the link below for a copy of the brochure which has full details and ordering information.
To go directly to the website to order your brick (preferred way to order) click the link below
In December, the Prince George’s County Police Department landed a spot as one of the top finishers in the Military Times’ latest Best for Vets: Law Enforcement rankings.
They spoke with several of our veteran and reservist officers about what it was like for them to transition from the military to law enforcement — or juggle police work with reserve deployments. Our members also took them on a ride-along for a look at police work firsthand.
Check out the link below for the article/video.
Governor Hogan and Maryland State FOP President Canales stop to pose for a picture during festivities celebrating the swearing in of Maryland’s 62nd Governor today in Annapolis.