The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), founded nearly 100 years ago in
1915, is the largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers in
the United States. With a proud tradition of officers representing
officers, the FOP is the most respected and most recognized police
organization in the country. The Illinois FOP is the second largest
State Lodge, proudly representing over 32,000 active duty and retired
police officers - more than 10 percent of all FOP members nationwide.
The Illinois State Lodge, chartered in 1963, is run by a highly dedicated Board of Trustees and staff who are committed to elevating the law enforcement
profession, protecting members' rights, promoting fraternalism, and
raising the value of membership. The FOP serves as the national and
state legislative voice of those who dedicate their lives to protecting
and serving others. In addition, ILFOP members benefit from a variety of
FOP programs and services, including legal defense, accidental death and
disability insurance, peer support, education scholarships, chaplaincy, education and
training, and much more.
The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police honors the following mission:
"To encourage fraternal, charitable, and social activities among law
enforcement officers. To increase the efficiency of the law enforcement
profession, and thus more firmly establish the confidence of the public
in the service dedicated to the protection of life and property."
"We, the law enforcement officers of the State of Illinois and the
several political subdivisions thereof, as representatives and delegates
of the subordinate Lodges, do hereby associate the several Lodges we
represent and the members thereof for the following purposes:
To support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the
State of Illinois; to inculcate loyalty and allegiance to the state of
Illinois and the United States of America; to promote and foster the
enforcement of law and order; to improve the individual and collective
proficiency of our members in the performance of their duties; to
encourage fraternal, educational, charitable and social activities among
law enforcement officers; to advocate and strive for uniform
application of the civil service merit system for appointment and
promotion; to support the improvement of the standard of living and
working conditions of the law enforcement profession through every legal
and ethical means available; to create and maintain the tradition of
esprit de corps, insuring fidelity of duty under all conditions and
circumstances; to cultivate a spirit of fraternalism and mutual
helpfulness among our members and the people we serve; to increase the
efficiency of the law enforcement profession, and thus more firmly to
establish the confidence of the public in the service dedicated to the
protection of life and property."
The State Lodge Does Not Engage in Telemarketing Activities
The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge DOES NOT use
telemarketing as a means of fundraising for the organization. Some
local lodges in the state still use telemarketing for their donation
request efforts, but please be mindful of telephone solicitation scams
that are using the Fraternal Order of Police name. Legitimate local
lodges will be happy to provide you with any information you ask in
trying to ascertain the legitimacy of their fundraising campaign.
In the event you believe you have received an Illegitimate request,
please contact Illinois Attorney General's Office of Consumer Fraud at
(800) 386-5438 in Chicago, (800) 844-5461 in Springfield, or (800)
243-0607 in Carbondale. If you have questions or concerns about a
potential FOP telemarketing call, please do not hesitate to call or
email the State Lodge at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 522-2677.
Tax Exempt Status
The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge is a 501 (c) (8) Organization. Find out more about our status here.