Our History

The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), founded over 100 years ago in 1915, is the largest enforcement 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 33,000 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. 

Mission

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.” 

"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."

Winston Churchill

Lodge Preamble

“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:

  • Support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the State of Illinois;
  • Inculcate loyalty and allegiance to the state of Illinois and the United States of America;
  • 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;
  • Encourage fraternal, educational, charitable and social activities among law enforcement officers;
  • Advocate and strive for uniform application of the civil service merit system for appointment and promotion;
  • Support the improvement of the standard of living and working conditions of the law enforcement profession through every legal and ethical means available;
  • 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;
  • 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.”

Since 1915

The Fraternal Order of Police is the world’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 354,000 members in more than 2,100 lodges. We are committed to improving the working conditions of law enforcement officers and the safety of those we serve through education, legislation, information, community involvement, and employee representation. No one knows the dangers and the difficulties faced by today’s police officers better than another officer, and no one knows police officers better than the FOP.

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