FOUR REALLY GOOD REASONS YOU SHOULD JOIN FOP TODAY!
1. FOP is a full-service law enforcement organization, the largest in the U.S. You MUST be a post-certified officer to join. FOP isn’t interested in trying to please public employee or do we try to represent different occupational groups. We speak for law enforcement personnel and law enforcement personnel ONLY. While other so called groups attempt to be all things to all people, FOP can concentrate on addressing the concerns of today’s law enforcement professional.
2. FOP has been at the forefront of making changes to improve the Department of Corrections. FOP has been fearless in fighting for greater equity and fairness for law enforcement personnel working for UDC since FOP arrived on the Corrections scene in 2000. Just a few examples:
When FOP called for the Utah State Legislature to audit of the UDC other employee groups refused support the request claiming it was too risky. The audit was conducted, found widespread nepotism and cronyism and favoritism inside UDC and led to a change in administration.
On Capitol Hill
When FOP arrived on the legislative scene, UDC employees who retired after 20 years or more service received up to a 2 ½% COLA each year while public employees received a 4% retirement benefit. UDC employees who were injured in the line of duty were treated like all other public employees who are injured on the job while highway patrol officers working for the state were given special consideration because of the nature of their employment. FOP immediately went to work to fix these inequities by doing the following:
LINE OF DUTY INJURY: HB 176 Representative Chad Bennion.
Upon learning of the discrepancies between the Highway Patrol and FOP, FOP approached Representative Chad Bennion, (R), Murray, and requested to the sponsor House Bill 176. The bill put UDC employees on the same level as UHP officers regarding being injured in the line of duty. Each law enforcement officer who is 100% disabled through a criminal act upon his person while in the lawful discharge of his duties, shall be given a leave of absence with full compensation until he reaches the retirement age of 62 years.
4% COLA FOR RETIRED LAW ENFORCMENT OFFICERS:
It was FOP that led the charge to bring about equity in post employment benefits from C.U.R.E (Cops United for Retirement Equity). While all other public employees who retired were eligible to receive up to a 4% COLA based on the consumer price index, law enforcement personnel working in the state of Utah were limited to a cola up to 2.5%. In 2008, a fund was created to bring about retirement equity.
Representative Bennion, sponsor of HB176, stated: “FOP has been the voice for law enforcement on Capitol Hill. No other organization has the respect nor the tenacity of this organization that exists for law enforcement personnel.”
IMPORTANT: The question every UDC sworn officer should be asking is why the two other organizations claiming to represent law enforcement did not address these issues prior to FOP arriving on the scene?
3. FOP legal representation is a contact between you and FOP’s attorney. Unlike other employee associations that claim to represent law enforcement personnel, FOP legal representation isn’t predicated on arbitrary waiting periods or approval of an executive board. Simply pick up a phone and call the attorney. If your dispute is covered under the terms of the contract (most are), you are represented. The decisions of how your cases is managed is between you and your attorney.
4. FOP is NOT controlled by management or top heavy with administrators. While any post-certified officer welcome is to join FOP (we are proud that several upper level managers in the highest level of UDC administration are members), FOP always represents the member who is in jeopardy. So if two members, one a supervisor, one an line officer, has a dispute, FOP represents the line officer because he/she is in jeopardy. In the rare circumstances where an issue may create a conflict, outside counsel is appointed by FOP’s attorney.