Welcome to FOP Lodge 70’s web site. We invite you to look around to learn more about us and how we serve our community. Many people may have heard of the FOP but really don’t know what it is or what we are about.
FOP stands for Fraternal Order of Police and signifies the way in which the organization came into being. It was a fraternal organization for Police Officers in the same light that many groups have clubs or organizations. Since its founding in 1915, the FOP has expanded and currently has 2100 lodges and more than 321,000 members.
The FOP of today has expanded beyond its fraternal roots. It now also focuses on improving the working conditions of law enforcement officers and the safety of those we serve through education, legislation, information, community involvement, and employee representation. Each lodge is formed independently, but ultimately is a part of the national Grand Lodge located in Nashville, Tennessee and the state lodge, which in our case, is the Maryland State Lodge.
Our beginnings were in the mid 1950's when Anne Arundel County Police Officers formed the Anne Arundel County Police Association. The department grew and so did the association. In 1970 officers decided to affiliate with the FOP and abolished the police association. This was the birth of Lodge 70.
Lt. Leslie Bates was elected the first President of Lodge #70. The Lodge number was chosen for the year the Lodge was formed. In 1972 Lodge #70 and the Munson Company entered into a contract to raise funds for the Lodge, the sole purpose being to start a building fund, to secure our own permanent home. Under the supervision of Past Presidents, the Board of Directors, and the membership, funds were accrued to purchase the Lodge Hall. Then Lodge President Don Leslie signed the settlement deed on June 1st, 1988 for our Lodge Hall located at 1311 Generals Highway, Crownsville, Maryland, and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #70 Inc. had a permanent home that is still serving its members today.
Our lodge has become the bargaining unit for our officers and through political action, support of our communities, and elected officials we achieved the milestone of Binding Arbitration in a landslide vote during the 2002 election.
Also in 2010, FOP Lodge 70 supported the successful ballot measure to bring responsible gaming to Anne Arundel County. While this remains a controversial issue, FOP Lodge 70 belives that responsible gaming will provide much needed jobs and revenue to the region.
The FOP remains politically active supporting legislation to help our communities and protect our police officers. Our leadership frequently visits nearby Annapolis to speak with Maryland Legislators and occasionally travels to Washington D.C. to meet with national officials.
We invite feedback from the public and are open to supporting legislation that benefits public safety. We also accept donations to support our work and offer our lodge facilities to our community for events.
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