History of the Fraternal Order of Police
The Fraternal Order of Police was founded in Pittsburgh, PA. in 1915 to provide a voice for ALL law enforcement officers. Lodges have been chatered across the country and in Virginia we are ensured our voice is heard here in the Commonwealth
Although local police officers make up the majority of the membership, we also have members of Commonwealth Attorney's Offices, the Sheriff's Departments, State Police, Federal and other law enforcement agencies.
At the State and National levels the FOP actively lobbies the Congress and General Assembly for the passage of legislation that benefits the entire law enforcement community. The FOP works year round on it's lobbying efforts, utilizing the time and talent of our members rather than paid lobbyists.
At the local level, the FOP can speak to the City or County governments or public administrators on any matter of importance to our membership.
Founded in 1915 to present a unified voice against 12 hour days/ seven days a week for police officers, the FOP today continues "Building on a Proud Tradition."
History of the Newport News FOP Lodge
The Newport News Fraternal Order of Police received it's charter in the summer of 1969. The first president was Layton Rice, with other charter Board members being:
Vice PresidentJames W. Parker
The charter ceremonies were held at the Gourmet Inn (Newport News) and officiated F. Lee Coghill, legal advisor for the newly formed lodge.
At the time of it's formation, there were a total of 171 members of the Newport News City Police Department. 40 of these officers became charter members of the newly formed lodge. These early members endured threats and intimidation at work. Many were threatened with termination of employment . They endured these obstacles and became a voice for all police officers in Newport News.
Since the formation of the Newport News Fraternal Order of Police in 1969, the lodge has been at the fore front of all work related issues affecting law enforcement officers in the City of Newport News. The Lodge continues steady growth, working not only with local government but at the State and National level to insure legislation to protect the rights of law enforcement officers.
Newport News Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 25, 2016 Board of Directors
The Newport News Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 25 is located at 10605 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA. 23601
NNFOP Lodge 25 is a proud supporter of the following:
Childrens Hospital of the King's Daughters
Virginia Special Olympics
Law Enforcement United
Virginia Food Bank
Boy Scouts of America
Newport News Police Pipes & Drums
FOP Cops and Kids
American Cancer Society
American Red Cross
Boys and Girls Club
If you would like to make a direct donation to the FOP for any of the above, send your check or money order to:
10605 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA
On the memo line, mention which organization or program you would like your donation to be applied to.