Welcome

On behalf of our Members, welcome and thanks for visiting the Minnesota Fraternal Order Police Lodge 1 website. MN FOP Lodge 1 is a 501c(8) Non-profit Organization.  We have recently upgraded our website and hope you enjoy the new format.

The FOP is the largest law enforcement organization in the country, perhaps the world, with over 300,000 members. The FOP started in Minnesota in 1991 with Lodge 1 and a few members and has grown to over 2,600 active members in 24 local lodges. The mission of the FOP in Minnesota is to encourage fraternal, educational, charitable, and social activities among law enforcement officers and cultivate a spirit of fraternalism with mutual helpfulness among Members and the people we serve.

To provide more funds for benevolent purposes, Lodge 1 became active in Charitable Gambling in 1998. In the twelve years we have been involved in this, Lodge 1 has given out over half a million dollars to local charities and fellow officers who have fallen on hard times. We are no longer involved in charitable gaming.

Lodge 1 sponsors many social events for members and their families. Past events have included a booya, summer BBQs, family day with the St. Paul Saints, and an annual golf tournament.

If you have recently became an peace officer, know of any peace officers who are not members or who have thought about becoming a member, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or any of the Lodge 1 Officers. So if you have just found us or are thinking about becoming a member, why don't you come and see what we are about. Our monthly meetings are posted on our website well in advance so you can make plans to attend. I hope to see many new members and hope that the current members stay active.

Fraternally yours,

Michael Norstrem

President, Lodge 1

News & Events

Upcoming events

In August 2023, the National Fraternal Order of Police will conduct its 66th National Conference and Exposition at the MGM Grand Hotel & Convention Center in Las Vegas. This event represents 108 years of professional law enforcement experience for the largest and oldest law enforcement labor organization in the United States.

The National Fraternal Order of Police holds a National Conference every two years to set the goals and agenda for the organization. The business of the order is conducted, seminars are offered, Constitution & By-Laws are reviewed and changed, the Executive Board is elected, National Trustees and Committee Chairs report their activities, and exhibitors from around the country showcase their products and services at our EXPO.

Law enforcement officials from all over the country are expected to attend, including police chiefs, administrators, sheriffs, training officers, fleet managers, federal officers, corrections officers and procurement staff.


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Reminder, 2023 dues are now due and can be paid online or by mail to the lodge address.

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FOP National President Issues Statement on the NFL’s Support for Anti-Policing Efforts through the “Inspire Change” Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC - Patrick Yoes, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, responded to recent coverage of the National Football League’s (NFL) “Inspire Change” initiative and the revelations that the league has funded groups and organizations that promote “defunding the police” and that envision a world “without prisons, policing, prosecution, surveillance or any form of detention or supervision” with the following statement:

“I find it incredibly ironic that NFL teams travel and play every week under the protection of local law enforcement; we have officers in stadiums, parking lots, and even on the sidelines to ensure the safety of the players, team personnel, and of course, the fans.  The NFL pays for this security because they want their venues and attendees to be safe.  Now, we learn they are sending thousands of dollars to groups whose mission is to end policing and our system of justice.

“How irresponsible is this?  If it weren’t such a serious issue, we would just laugh at them and go about our business.  But make no mistake, this is a very serious issue.  Our nation is experiencing a crime wave unlike any other in recent history and one of our nation's largest sporting leagues is paying for campaigns to keep criminals and offenders on the streets?  Proudly funding a group that advocates for pulling officers out of our neighborhoods and communities—maybe even—God forbid—football stadiums?  Performative displays of wokeness like this are shameful.  Maybe Commissioner Goodell should take a timeout and reconsider this decision.

“Is this the kind of change the NFL wants to inspire—the false narrative that police officers and policing are bad and that crime in our society will just end of its own accord?  Would players take the field if police officers were not protecting those stadiums?  Would fans risk going to games knowing that there would be no police presence?  Of course not.

“What is even worse is that by funding groups like this, the NFL sends a clear message that they are on the side of the offenders when instead they could shine a spotlight and provide help and support to crime victims and their families.  That’s the kind of change we would find inspiring.  In fact, rather than supporting efforts to further divide police officers from the communities they protect, the NFL should focus on how to heal the wounds in these communities by collaborating with the FOP to rebuild trust and respect between police officers and the people they serve.  To this end, the FOP reached out to the NFL and had several meetings to explore this kind of cooperation, but the NFL ultimately refused.

“The NFL can inspire whatever change it chooses—but that doesn’t mean they have to fund the kind of change that makes them and all of us less safe.  And it certainly doesn’t mean it is morally right to fund groups who want to make America less safe while at the same time the NFL relies on the brave men and women of law enforcement to make stadiums safe places to turn monstrous profits.”

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FOP Announces Support for S. 3079, the “Keeping Our COVID-19 Heroes Employed Act”

WASHINGTON, DC - Patrick Yoes, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, announced that the organization has endorsed S. 3079, the “Keeping Our COVID-19 Heroes Employed Act,” which was introduced yesterday by Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).  President Yoes issued the following statement:

“It is the position of the National FOP that vaccinations work to prevent people from becoming infected by COVID-19 and we encourage our members to get vaccinated.  However, the National FOP believes that whether or not to accept the vaccine is a personal decision that our members should make for themselves after consultation with their doctor or other medical professionals. 

“We understand the public policy and public health objectives behind the Federal mandate on vaccinations.  No one needs to tell our members about the dangers of COVID-19—we have lost more than 700 officers to the virus since the start of the pandemic.  We know it can be deadly.

“Even with that knowledge, law enforcement officers in every region of the country reported for work. Due to our profession, we did not have the option to work from home, and we could not always practice social distancing. We showed up and worked to keep our communities safe, even in the midst of a global pandemic and, sometimes, without even the most basic personal protective equipment (PPE).

“We have said from the beginning of the pandemic, that this is a public health crisis as well as a public safety crisis. Unfortunately, the public safety crisis could very well be exacerbated as a result of mandating our everyday heroes to choose unwillingly getting a medical procedure or their jobs—it is not fair or just. Delivering an ultimatum to the brave men and women of law enforcement is not right, and that is why the FOP—and our 364,000 members—supports S. 3079.  We urge the Senate to consider this legislation before these brave men and women lose their livelihoods.”



National FOP Launches “Blue View” Podcast

February 15, 2022 | Press Releases

The National Fraternal Order of Police is pleased to announce the launch of “Blue View,” a weekly podcast hosted by National FOP President Patrick Yoes. Every week, “Blue View” listeners will hear from law enforcement experts, elected officials, or other notable leaders to gain insight into the issues and current events surrounding the law enforcement […]


National President Yoes sends a letter of support for H.R. 1210, "the LEOSA Reform Act," to Representatives Donald J. Bacon (R-NE) and E.R. "Henry" Cuellar (D-TX)

02/24/2021

Read the Letter


National President Patrick Yoes sent a letter to Senator Tillis in support of S. 774, the “Protect and Serve Act”

03/17/2021

Read the Letter

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The National Legislative Office provided FOP members with information released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). To view this information, please click here. Read More


National Lodge supports these issues. 

  1. Social Security Issues
    1. Support H.R. 141/S. 521 "Social Security Fairness Act"

    The FOP strongly supports legislation to restore full Social Security benefits for law enforcement officers by repealing both the "Windfall Elimination Provision" (WEP) and the "Government Pension Offset" (GPO).

  2. Oppose any legislation that would require the participation of public employees in Social Security

    The FOP vehemently opposes any legislation which would mandate participation in Social Security for current or newly hired public employees who participate in their own retirement systems and do not pay into Social Security.

  1. Support H.R. 1154 "Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act"

    The FOP strongly supports legislation to guarantee the right of public employees to bargain collectively with their employers over hours, wages and conditions of employment. Such legislation should mandate that State laws provide minimum collective bargaining rights to their public safety employees while prohibiting strikes and lockouts. States with collective bargaining laws already on the books would be exempt from the Federal statute. Such legislation is unlikely to be introduced in this Congress.

  2. Support H.R. 1195/S. 473 "Law Enforcement Officers' Equity Act"

    The FOP strongly supports legislation expanding the definition of "law enforcement officer" for salary and retirement benefits to include all Federal law enforcement officers.

  3. Support H.R. 1156, the "LEOSA Reform Act"

  4.             The FOP strongly supports legislation to fix current loopholes to better protect off-duty and retired law enforcement officers

For more information, please feel free to contact the National Legislative Office at (202) 547-8189 or via e-mail.

         
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