The District of Columbia Police Union, Fraternal Order of Police, Metropolitan Police Department Labor Committee (FOP) is composed of the approximately 3600 police officers, detectives and sergeants of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C.
As police officers and members of a bargaining unit, we are unique in the working world. At the very core of our organization, our bylaws, is a commitment to not only our members, but to the public as well. As an organization, we are dedicated to improving law enforcement, protecting the public, and professionalizing the Metropolitan Police Department. At the same time, we have, through legislation and collective bargaining, created a system in place to protect the interests and working conditions of our members. The system includes the right to bargain, grievance procedures, and legal representation to ensure a fair and equitable working environment for all. The foundation of our success is education, legislation, and community involvement, which will protect our members and guard against the erosion of our rights.
Please reflect on how far police officers afforded the privilege of collective bargaining have come. In 1915 when two Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania police officers, Delbert Nagle and Martin Toole, started the first Fraternal Order of Police, officers worked 12-hour days, 365 days a year. We have come a long way and our working conditions are considerably better today. We cannot rest though; we must remain vigilant and strong. Each of us, as police officers and as a member of the FOP must stand up and be on the lookout for abuse, corruption, and violations of our rights or the rights of anyone else. We are the front line, who day in and day out, through blood, sweat, and tears, protect the citizens of the District of Columbia. Be honest with one another, look after your partner, keep your integrity intact, and always keep in mind only through a mutual and united front can we ensure continued success.