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Official Website Of The Pennsylvania State Lodge Fraternal Order Of Police

Pennsylvania is the birthplace of the Fraternal Order of Police, which was formed in Pittsburgh in 1915.  The Pennsylvania State Lodge was established on July 24, 1934, and currently represents nearly 40,000 law enforcement members from Pennsylvania.  The State Lodge works tirelessly on behalf of its membership providing member assistance, educational programs, public service, and by advocating on their behalf for legislation to enhance their safety and security as well as that of the public.  The State Lodge has 107 subordinate lodges across the Commonwealth, and represents law enforcement officers from many different types of police agencies.  We welcome you to our website and hope you enjoy the information provided here.




Don’t let the media or politicians misrepresent the asset forfeiture program

Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, called on FOP members to speak out in local media in support of yesterday’s announcement by U.S. Attorney General Jefferson B. Sessions III that the Federal asset forfeiture program would be restored and expanded.

This is a vital tool for law enforcement, especially for those State and local agencies who use the equitable sharing program to allow them to reinvest resources to fight crime in their communities.  Unfortunately, there has been a flood of poorly researched media stories attacking the program written by folks who don’t seem to understand it actually works.  Our members in every State should make sure their local media outlets know the truth—this program helps communities and makes them safer.

The program will enable law enforcement to target criminal organizations—cartels, gangs and traffickers by seizing their profits from unlawful activity.  This enables law enforcement to weaken the power and reach of these organizations, preventing future crimes.  Civil asset forfeiture helps victims of crime and can provide material support to law enforcement for things like bullet-resistant vests, opioid overdose rescue kits and improved training.  The seizures also get drugs, illegal firearms, ammunition and explosives off the streets. 

Some politicians have, or will, also come out swinging against the program.  These politicians need to hear from us on this issue.  The new policies create several new protections for innocent property owners, increased oversight and greater transparency.  This program has a long history in law enforcement of success and these elected Chicken Littles need to hear from us that the sky is not falling. It is an important tool and we’re pleased to have it restored and rejuvenated in this Administration.
Trooper Michael Stewart

Trooper Michael Stewart | Pennsylvania State Police, PennsylvaniaPennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Friday, July 14, 2017

Trooper Michael Stewart was killed in a vehicle crash on Route 711, at the Route 271 split, in Ligonier Township, Westmoreland County, at approximately 2:20 am.

His patrol SUV was traveling southbound when a garbage truck attempted to turn left onto the roadway in front of it, causing a collision. Trooper Stewart suffered fatal injuries in the crash and his partner suffered minor injuries.

Trooper Stewart had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for three years.

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Colonel Tyree Blocker
Pennsylvania State Police
1800 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Phone: (717) 783-5599

ODMP http://www.odmp.org/officer/23317-trooper-michael-stewart

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FOP Lodge 27 President Fitzgerald, 1st Vice President Carroll, Financial Secretary Reynolds and members of the Media Borough Police Dept and State FOP Christmas Program made a delivery of canned goods, winter coats and toys to the Media Food Bank. This facility routinely feeds 100 families per week and sometimes as many as 170 families per week.
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