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The Fraternal Order of Police is the world’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers. Additionally, there are more than 354,000 members in more than 2,100 lodges. We aim to improve 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. However, no one knows police officers better than the FOP.

The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), founded over 100 years ago in 1915. It 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 also the second-largest State Lodge. We proudly represent over 33,000 active duty and retired police officers – more than 10 percent of all FOP members nationwide.

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Blessing of the Squads

April 16

The concept of a gathering was born to build morale, show appreciation for the profession, and support officers’ families. I am excited to announce that on Sunday, April 16, 2023, the inaugural “Blessing of the Squads” will take place at Bald Knob Cross. Bald Knob Cross is located in Alto Pass, Illinois among the foothills of the Ozark mountain range. It rises at a beacon, a monument of peace, faith, charity, and hope. It rises 111 feet and is visible over 750 miles and is one of the largest crosses in the US. This is also the location of similar traditions including the Blessing of the Bikes – which will celebrate its 31st year in 2023 and the Blessing of the Jeeps annual event where over 2000 jeeps participate in the festivities.
The vision for the Blessing of the Squads is to have all of Illinois’ law enforcement officers represented in a space to bring hope and community to the profession. All the squads present will be blessed for safety, protection, and success in their daily calling. The state FOP Chaplain, Dan Lovin, has graciously agreed to do the blessing.
The event is made complete with great food, music, and a spirit of comradery.

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April 16


IL FOP Southern Region Auxiliary


Bald Knob Cross
3630 Bald Knob Rd
Alto, IL 62905
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(618) 713-8516
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Every day, men and women across this state, and country, put on a uniform. They put on a utility belt. And they put on a bulletproof vest. In the current climate of our nation, that is the most essential thing that that man or woman owns. They step out the door and they just don’t know if they will be returning to it at the end of their shift.