Illinois FOP's Turney seeks National Sergeant-at-Arms Office > ILFOP

SPRINGFIELD – Keith Turney of Joliet, the Second Vice President of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) State Lodge, has declared his candidacy for the position of FOP National Sergeant-at-Arms during an FOP conference in San Diego. The election for national FOP offices will take place at the National Biannual FOP Conference in Nashville, Tennessee in August 2017.

 "The word 'Sergeant' comes from a Latin word which means 'servant,' so the role of Sergeant-at-Arms fits well with my philosophy of life,” Turney said. “I look forward to the opportunity to serve the 300,000 members of the National Fraternal Order of Police and I am humbled by those who have encouraged me to seek this very important office."

The traditional role of Sergeant-at-Arms has been to maintain order at organizational meetings. However due to recent attacks upon law enforcement, the expanded role of the FOP Sergeant-at-Arms has evolved to ensure the safety and security of members during meetings and deliberations. The current National Sergeant-at-Arms, Roger Mayberry, has declared his candidacy for National Secretary, opening the spot for Turney's bid.

Turney is a 38-year FOP member and has been active in the organization on the local, state and national level. He served 31 years with the Joliet Police Department and was active in virtually every area of the department including command, crisis negotiation, patrol, neighborhood policing, tactical, narcotics, traffic, and NASCAR Race Incident Commander at the Chicagoland Speedway. Turney has been a field representative of the FOP Labor Council since 2009. 

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