The Fraternal Order of Police
Owensboro Lodge 16
is a multi-agency fraternal organization
made up of professionals from city, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies in:
Owensboro / Daviess County
Ohio County, Henderson County
& Butler County.
We, the officers of the various law enforcement agencies within the communities under our jurisdiction are of the opinion that it is to the best interests of the members of our profession, do hereby unite under the name of Owensboro Lodge No. 16, Fraternal Order of Police; at Owensboro, Kentucky, this 27th day of February, 1956; and do hereby associate ourselves together with other subordinate lodges throughout the nation for the following purposes: To support and defend the Constitution of the United States; to inculcate loyalty and allegiance to the United States of America; to promote and foster the enforcement of law and order; to improve the individual proficiency of our members in the performance of their duties; to encourage social, charitable and educational activities among policemen; to advocate and strive for uniform application of the Civil Service Merit System for appointment and promotion; to create a tradition of esprit de corps insuring fidelity to 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 police profession and thus more firmly to establish the confidence of the public in the service dedicated to the protection of life and property.. Lodge #16 is dedicated to bettering the community we serve and protecting the rights of our members in the law enforcement community.
Owensboro Lodge 16 is currently 260 + members strong and is dedicated to promoting the community we serve and to protect the rights of our members in the law enforcement community. Lodge 16 has a variety of annual events they host to assist the Owensboro/Daviess County Community:
FOP 16 Police Memorial Service
Back to School Shop with a Cop
Christmas Shop with a Cop
O.P.D.'s D.A.R.E. Program
FOP 16's Camp K.O.P.S.
Annual support to Kentucky Special Olympics
Annual support to the Child Advocacy Center (Henderson, KY)
Annual support to the Owensboro / Daviess County Crime Stoppers
Annual support to Owensboro Public School's Family Resource Centers
Annual support to Daviess Co. Public School's Family Resource Centers
Annual support to the Catholic School's Family Resource Centers
Various local charities in Owensboro / Daviess County
Various local children's sports teams
If you would like to donate to FOP #16 to help promote the many community programs we put on throughout the year, please use the link to the right that says "DONATIONS". Thank you in advance for supporting our lodge, your law enforcement officers and our community!
FOP OWENSBORO LODGE 16's ELECTION GUIDELINES FOR MEMBERS:
Brothers / Sisters,
It appears it is a good time to remind everyone of the lodge's stance on the upcoming elections and any elections.
As set forth during a regular lodge meeting several years ago by members in attendance and approved unanimously by all members in attendance, FOP Owensboro Lodge 16's stance on endorsing and supporting lodge members running for an elected office state:
- If more than one active lodge member who is in good standing is running for the same elected office, our lodge WILL NOT endorse one member over another to maintain brotherhood / sisterhood and the Good of the Order. The member running for the elected position can come before the lodge and ask for support from the lodge. To explain further:
Endorsement, a member can use on all advertising and political propaganda the wordage "Endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police (or FOP) Owensboro Lodge #16". The lodge will also assist in seeking permission to get the member rights to use the FOP Star logo for all advertising and political propaganda. Endorsement has to be sought by the member at a lodge meeting.
Support, a member can use on all advertising and political propaganda the wordage "Supported by the Fraternal Order of Police ( or FOP) Owensboro Lodge #16". The FOP Star logo CANNOT be used on any advertising and or political propaganda. Support of the lodge must be sought by the member themselves at a lodge meeting.
The FOP Star is copyrighted by the National FOP and any usage must be granted from the National Lodge. If a member is caught to be using the FOP Star logo (or wordage) without permission, I will file the grievance with the Kentucky State and National FOP Lodges on the copyright infringement and punitive measures up to expulsion from the Order will ensue.
Unfortunately, as we see at a state and national level, politics can turn friends to enemies and family members against one another. WE WILL NOT HAVE THE LODGE TORN APART AND WILL MAINTAIN THE GOOD OF THE ORDER. We will maintain civility during this election and any election in the future that may involve membership.
Use of the lodge by a member. As always, the lodge is available to rent by an active lodge member in good standing ONLY! Our lodge is not open to the public to rent as set forth during a lodge meeting and agreed upon unanimously by all members in attendance. With this being said, a member running for an elected position is allowed to rent the lodge for a get together. The member CANNOT Say during that get together that they are ENDORSED or SUPPORTED by the lodge unless it has been sought and granted by the membership in attendance during a lodge meeting. The lodge member will be assessed rental fee and will be responsible for any damage, etc that occurs during any event. Membership also voted that the lodge will not be rented to be used to run a business out of it by any member. ~ Beth Wyatt (Auxiliary President) and the Auxiliary are in charge of cleaning , renting the lodge and inspecting the lodge after a function. If there is an issue, it will be brought to my attention to be dealt with at that time.~
Complaints: If a member who is running for office feels there has been an infringement of these guidelines set out by the membership, that member (ONLY) will need to contact the Chairman of the Political Committee and file their complaint in writing. Chairman of the Political Committee is Brother Loren Yonts. It will be reviewed between the E-board and the Political Committee (and possibly legal counsel if needed) to make a determination on the complaint. Complaints by members other than the actual member running for office will not be accepted to keep out the rumor mills and frivolous complaining. If a member feels a member running for office has been done wrong, they need to contact that member and let them proceed with it if they feel it is necessary. Keep in mind, if a member is making up information or distorting the truth on purpose to create issues, a grievance will be filed against the offender and may lead to expulsion. WE WILL MAINTAIN THE GOOD OF THE ORDER.
Hopefully this gives some clarity on the stance of the lodge. This will be discussed I am positive more at the next lodge meeting and I am sure additional information will be sent out.
Fraternally Your President and Brother,