FOP Hamilton Lodge 38

FOP Hamilton Lodge 38 Mailing Address PO Box 1037 Hamilton, OH 45012
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Hamilton FOP Lodge 38 serves the members of the Hamilton Police Dept., Oxford Police Dept., Miami University Police Dept., Fairfield Twp. Police Dept., Oxford Twp. Police Dept., Butler County Prosecutor's Office, New Miami Police Dept., Ross Twp. Police Dept., UC Health Public Safety Dept., Butler County Coroner's Office and the agencies Retirees.

Congratulations to our brothers and sisters at Oxford FD on their new local. OFD works closely with our members at Oxfor...
06/12/2020
The IAFF Welcomes New Ohio Local - IAFF

Congratulations to our brothers and sisters at Oxford FD on their new local. OFD works closely with our members at Oxford PD and Miami University PD.

Oxford, OH Local 5272 is one of the newest affiliates to join the IAFF. Over the last five years, the Oxford Fire Department has been transitioning some of its part-time positions to full-time positions. As the emergency service needs of the City of Oxford grows, additional full-time positions are e...

It’s with a heavy heart we pay our respects to Brother Sam Hopkins.  After a battle with cancer, he passed away on June ...
06/07/2020

It’s with a heavy heart we pay our respects to Brother Sam Hopkins. After a battle with cancer, he passed away on June 2nd, 2020 and was laid to his final rest June 6th. Per the family’s request, we did not post any information until after Sam had been laid to rest.

Sergeant Sam Hopkins was appointed to the Hamilton Police Department on March 17, 1973 as a patrol officer. He was promoted to detective in 1988. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1996. Sergeant Hopkins retired on January 15th, 1999 after 25 years of service

Our condolences and prayers go out to Sam’s wife, Twila; his brother, retired Hamilton PD Sergeant Al Hopkins, and the rest of his family.

Rest In Peace Brother Hopkins. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

Prayers to the family and our brothers and sisters at Lodge 166 as we mourn the loss of Officer Chris Murphy. #RIP
05/26/2020

Prayers to the family and our brothers and sisters at Lodge 166 as we mourn the loss of Officer Chris Murphy. #RIP

We are saddened to announce that Officer Chris Murphy lost his battle with cancer on Sunday, May 24th. Chris faithfully served his community for 27 years as a patrol officer, field training officer, bicycle officer and as a detective. He was honored as the Fairfield Rotary Officer of the Year during his career. More importantly, Chris was an amazing husband, father and friend. He will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.

The visitation will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on Dry Ridge Rd. on Friday May 29th from 5-8 PM. The funeral mass will be at the same location on Saturday, May 30th at 11:00 AM.

Congratulations to Brother Don Delph on his retirement from Miami University. Enjoy the lake!
05/26/2020

Congratulations to Brother Don Delph on his retirement from Miami University. Enjoy the lake!

Please join us in congratulating Officer Don Delph on his retirement today! Don is retiring after 24 years of service at Miami and a total of 28 years in law enforcement! Thank you for your service Officer Delph! We will miss you! Enjoy your retirement Don!!

Check out these blasts from the past and glimpses of HPD history.  Photo credit goes out to Retired Hamilton Fire Captai...
05/22/2020

Check out these blasts from the past and glimpses of HPD history. Photo credit goes out to Retired Hamilton Fire Captain Claude Fant who posted to his page. We were going to list out the names, but thought it would be more interesting to leave it to our followers.

Today, May 15th, we honor those that have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty to protect their communities. ...
05/15/2020

Today, May 15th, we honor those that have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty to protect their communities. Peace Officers Memorial Day came into effect on October 1, 1962, when Congress asked President John F. Kennedy to designate May 15 to honor law enforcement officers and the week in which it falls is Police Week. More than 21,000 officers have made the ultimate sacrifice and today we honor them.
FOP Lodge 38 member agencies have lost 12 officers in the line of duty since 1916. #PoliceWeek2020 #thinblueline

#LightOhioBlue is a statewide campaign to show support to the law enforcement personnel who protect our communities thro...
05/09/2020

#LightOhioBlue is a statewide campaign to show support to the law enforcement personnel who protect our communities throughout our great state. We honor and pay respects to the law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty as well as those currently serving.

We also encourage every citizen to change their home exterior lights to blue to show their support for Law Enforcement personnel.

In honor and celebration of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, the members of FOP #38 sent our local dispat...
04/13/2020

In honor and celebration of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, the members of FOP #38 sent our local dispatchers a token of our appreciation and gratitude. Please join us in thanking the men and women that work tirelessly in the trenches and represent the Thin Gold Line! Thank you for all that you do 365/24/7. We couldn’t do it without you!

04/12/2020
FOP Hamilton Lodge 38
04/12/2020

FOP Hamilton Lodge 38

Lodge 38 members agree!  We appreciate all the hard work from our partners at 9COMM who dispatch for nearly all of our m...
04/09/2020

Lodge 38 members agree! We appreciate all the hard work from our partners at 9COMM who dispatch for nearly all of our member agencies. We rely on our dispatchers to be our lifeline and we recognize the sacrifices that you make on a daily basis. Thank you!

We would like to extend a huge thank you to our Butler county 911 dispatchers. Those men and women are already amazing during normal circumstances but between the storms and COVID19, we’re extremely appreciative. Thank you 9COMM!

We truly would be lost without all of you 🖤💛🖤

Our thoughts and prayers go out to our brothers and sisters at Springdale PD who tragically lost Officer Kaia Grant last...
03/22/2020

Our thoughts and prayers go out to our brothers and sisters at Springdale PD who tragically lost Officer Kaia Grant last night. She was killed in the line of duty when a fleeing suspect's vehicle collided with her patrol vehicle. Our hearts are heavy this morning and we pray for her family, friends, and department. #ThinBlueLine #RIP

FOP Hamilton Lodge 38
03/22/2020

FOP Hamilton Lodge 38

03/18/2020
National Fraternal Order of Police

Unfortunately, Police Week 2020 activities have been cancelled. Stay safe brothers and sisters. Maintain social distance. America is strong and we will prevail.

It is with deep regret that we must inform you that the 2020 Peace Officers Memorial Service must be canceled due to #COVID19. America is facing difficult times, but together, we will prevail!

Looking for a venue for your event? We have a great space with reasonable prices.  Contact our rental manager Debbie at ...
03/14/2020

Looking for a venue for your event? We have a great space with reasonable prices. Contact our rental manager Debbie at [email protected] or call 513-844-2456 for more information.

Congratulations to our brothers.
03/11/2020

Congratulations to our brothers.

Today, several members of the Hamilton Police Department were promoted to new ranks.

Lieutenant Jim Smith started his career in law enforcement in 1991. Upon appointment, Lt. Smith was assigned as a patrol officer. Lt. Smith served in that capacity until his promotion to detective in 2000. Lt. Smith was promoted to sergeant in 2016. He was a supervisor on the Third Patrol Shift before assuming the assignment as a supervisor in the Investigations Section.

Sergeant Greg Baker started at HPD in 1998. He has served as a patrol officer and Drug Abuse Resistance and Education (DARE) officer. Baker was promoted to detective in 2006 and was assigned to the Investigations and Vice Sections. Sergeant Baker was a long time Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team member.

Sergeant Brian Ungerbuehler has served in the former Problem Oriented Policing (POPS) and the Patrol Division. During his time as a patrol officer, he was a Field Training Officer(FTO) to the newly hired officers. Sgt. Ungerbuehler was hired in 1998 and promoted to detective in 2018.

Detective Doug Trenum is a member of the SWAT team and has been a Field Training Officer for the Third Patrol Shift. Detective Trenum started at the Hamilton Police Department in January of 2014.

Detective Tony Kiep is another officer that began his career in 1998. Officer Kiep has served as a patrol officer since his appointment on June 5, 1998. Officer Kiep has served as a desk officer and has been a member of the HPD Honor Guard since its inception.

Police Officer Tyler Hensley was recognized for completing the Field Training Program. On January 7, 2019, Officer Hensley was assigned to the Hamilton Municipal Court as a corrections officer. Officer Hensley will be assigned to the First Patrol Shift.

Congratulations to Brother Pratt!  You have served the community well and we know your life of service will continue.
03/06/2020

Congratulations to Brother Pratt! You have served the community well and we know your life of service will continue.

Today, Lieutenant Dan Pratt is retiring from the Hamilton Police Department. Lt. Pratt was appointed as a patrol officer on October 15th, 1987.

On May 4, 1991, he was promoted to detective. He held that rank until his promotion to sergeant on March 1, 1998. Then, on February 26, 2005, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant.

Over the past 32 years, Lt. Pratt has been assigned to the Patrol Division, Vice Section, Services Division and Traffic Division. He served as the TRT (Tactical Response Team) Commander and participated in the operation of the Butler County OVI Task Force.

Lt. Pratt is the person that officers sought out when they had a question. He had a wealth of knowledge and patience. He was a great lieutenant to work for and with.

Congratulations to Brother Jim Squance (Retired Oxford Sergeant) who was honored today as Citizen of the Years by the Ox...
02/18/2020

Congratulations to Brother Jim Squance (Retired Oxford Sergeant) who was honored today as Citizen of the Years by the Oxford Kiwanis Club & Oxford Press. Jim garnered several nominations for his work in the community above and beyond his work in policing. Jim remains active in service organizations and volunteering in the community.

He is pictured here with Chief Jones (one of his nominators) and Brother Dan Umbstead (Retired Oxford Lieutenant). Thank you for your service Jim!

Congratulations to Brother Doug Lanier of Fairfield Township PD on his graduation yesterday from CLEE, a challenging 14-...
02/08/2020

Congratulations to Brother Doug Lanier of Fairfield Township PD on his graduation yesterday from CLEE, a challenging 14-month leadership program involving in-residence classroom work and external studying, research, and assignments.

Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE) is a formal leadership training program presented by the Ohio Law Enforcement Foundation through the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police.

Captain Lanier also received a separate Law Enforcement Foundation Award for having completed the entire Police Executive and Leadership Training Series, a journey that he began in 2008.

Job well done!

Congratulations to FOP 38 member Brother Schneider!  Sgt. Walt Schneider was presented with the Butler County Prosecutor...
02/04/2020

Congratulations to FOP 38 member Brother Schneider!

Sgt. Walt Schneider was presented with the Butler County Prosecutor's 3rd Annual Meritorious Service Award. Sgt. Schneider was recognized by Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser for his work in the area of computer and digital forensic recovery and the assistance Sgt. Schneider provides to other agencies in the tri-state area and beyond with his expertise. (Photos and contribution courtesy of Miami University PD)

So last Friday, HPD had a long time officer retire.  At the same time, five brand new officers graduated from the OSHP B...
02/03/2020

So last Friday, HPD had a long time officer retire. At the same time, five brand new officers graduated from the OSHP Basic Academy and just started the first days of their careers. Have a great next 30 years!

Congratulations to HPD’s five newest officers. Officers Cody Rush, James Mignery, Alex Wargo, Daniel Trefzger and Corey Nunn. All five start their assignments as patrol officers this week.

01/31/2020

Today Hamilton Officer Chris Robinson went 10-6 for the last time in his career ... a must watch! We will miss you and thanks for your service!

Congratulations to Brother Chris Robinson on his retirement!
01/31/2020

Congratulations to Brother Chris Robinson on his retirement!

Today, after 23 years of service, we wish a happy retirement to Officer Chris Robinson

Officer Robinson began his career in June of 1996 and has served as a patrol officer, relief radio operator and desk officer.

Officer Robinson was one of a very few officers that has ever been awarded with the Hamilton Police Department Medal of Valor.

We hope his retirement is long and happy. His sense of humor and dedication will be missed by all of his fellow officers.

01/29/2020
Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio

HB308 PTSD Bill hearings today gained bi-partisan support.

Below is a recap of today’s hearing on HB 308 in the House Insurance Committee from Gongwer:

PTSD Coverage Bill Draws Bipartisan Support

Broad support was evident Tuesday for the latest proposal to require state coverage of post-traumatic stress disorder for first responders, however the chairman of the House committee said after the legislation's third hearing he is unsure how leadership wants to proceed.

The measure (HB 308) again drew spirited testimony in the House Insurance Committee from representatives of public safety services backing the proposal and business groups opposed. The same panel included similar language last year in the biennial budget for the Bureau of Workers' Compensation (HB 80) before sending it to the Senate, but that provision along with other policy changes in the package was eventually stripped out before that bill was signed by Gov. Mike DeWine.

Nevertheless, committee Chairman Tom Brinkman (R-Cincinnati), when asked about the bill's status after the hearing, said he had not yet heard on whether the bill would be prioritized for movement in the near term by Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford).

The chairman's comments came after bill sponsor Rep. Tom Patton (R-Strongsville) won support for an amendment that removed a one-year cap on PTSD services covered by the BWC. It was adopted on a 13-2 vote, although one of the backers – Rep. Derek Merrin (R-Monclova) – said his vote was a courtesy to the sponsor but the removal of the limit made him less likely to support the bill in future votes.

During the hearing that featured two in-person witnesses, however, support for extending the coverage was voiced by members on both sides of the political aisle.

Mike Weinman, director of government affairs for the Fraternal Order of Police, noted in testimony that the debate has been ongoing in the General Assembly for nine years. Over that period, dozens of first responders have committed suicide, he said.

"Thirty states now require their workers' comp systems to cover PTSD for first responders. It is critically important to provide coverage, through BWC, for first responders who experience PTSD," he said. "Failing to treat PTSD often leads to death through suicide and creates on-the-job issues such as avoidance and hypersensitivity. Once identified, PTSD can be treated effectively, allowing first responders to continue their careers serving our great state."

Mr. Weinman's testimony was met with a few mostly friendly questions from members of the committee, which prompted him to recount his group's arguments in support of the bill. They also provided him the opportunity to point out that BWC has been returning billions to employers over the last several years through rebates and rate cuts, while saying the bureau's estimated fiscal impacts under the policy change have dropped from $200 million to $44 million a year.

Meanwhile, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, the only other group to testify in person, got plenty of pushback on its position from Democrats and Republicans.

Kevin Shimp, the group's director of labor and legal affairs, largely reiterated past testimony in arguing that the bill would reverse decades of precedents for BWC by extending coverage beyond physical injuries.

"Ohio law since the creation of the state's workers' compensation system in 1912 has always required an employee to have a physical harm or injury in order to participate in workers' compensation benefits," he said. "The so-called 'mental-mental' claim – a psychological condition that arises solely from stress – has never been compensated in Ohio."

In addition to allowing a purely mental claim into Ohio's workers' compensation system for the first time, Mr. Shimp continued, "HB308 fails to include any guardrails that would help assure the injury arose out of and during the course of employment. The lack of guardrails is concerning to the Ohio Chamber because states that have addressed the issue of compensating mental conditions included significant guardrails."

He countered Mr. Weinman's testimony regarding cost estimates by stating that BWC's projection for HB80 was $70 million a year.

On questioning from the chair, Mr. Shimp said his group would support a new General Revenue Fund-backed program, financed by public employers of first responders, that would provide PTSD coverage outside of the BWC.

Most other questions came from panelists seeking to further understand why the Chamber would not support a PTSD program. In response, Mr. Shimp mostly referred back to his prepared comments.

Rep. Patton, the bill sponsor, pushed back on the notion that the law shouldn't be changed because it dates to 1912, noting that firefighter cancer wasn't covered dating to 1803 until the legislature took action last session (SB27, 132nd General Assembly).

Pointing to the BWCs employer rebates in recent years, the lawmaker added, "Are we going to put a price tag" on the mental health of first responders?"

Rep. Haraz Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg), referred to his experiences serving in the military in Afghanistan while rhetorically asking the witness how many people in the room have PTSD. He said it's something you can't determine based on a physical injury.

The Republican remarked that it was "disheartening" that the debate over the issue had gone on for so long without the state taking action.

Rep. Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) served up some of the harshest assessments of the Chamber's position, calling it "despicable."

After Mr. Shimp said he did not know if there was any basis for the position in the medical community that a PTSD diagnosis could be established in a workers' comp hearing unless there is a physical injury, Rep. Brown said, "Well, if you're taking a position you should have the answer to that."

"I think you're on the wrong side of what's right," the lawmaker added.

Responding to a question from Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland), the Chamber's representative pointed out that Ohio is one of only two states with a public monopoly on workers' comp coverage and the other state systems that have provided PTSD coverage have more options in terms of the insurance marketplace.

Rep. Merrin, responding in part to earlier comments from Mr. Weinman, defended the Chamber's advocacy regarding the bill, noting that while it would only impact public employer coverage those local entities get their revenue in part from businesses.

The County Commissioners Association of Ohio and the Ohio Township Association submitted written testimony in opposition to the bill.

"Our members have concerns about the unknown cost implications of this policy change and the potential for a significant increase in claims," the groups stated.

"As currently written, the language in HB308 does not include certain parameters around the coverage that have been considered in the past, such as if claims must be tied to an identifiable single incident. Such guardrails may be appropriate."

The Ohio Manufacturers' Association also submitted written comments in opposition

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