On September 23, 2016, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) National President Chuck Canterbury issued a letter to FOP members regarding the officer involved shootings in Oklahoma and North Carolina. The officers involved are both members of FOP. To read President Canterbury's letter to members, please click here.
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Dear Brothers and Sisters:
It is with great pride and excitement that I announce that I am a CANDIDATE for NATIONAL SECRETARY of the National FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE, the largest and most recognized professional law enforcement organization in the country.
Since 2011, I have served on the National Executive Board of Directors as your Sergeant-At-Arms and during that time I have kept my promise to you, to work and be a voice for the membership.
You have always honored me with your support and I, now, humbly ask for your support again as I seek to continue to represent you, the FOP Membership, as your Secretary.
You already know that I am goal oriented and you also know my commitment to leadership, my record of problem solving, as well as my professional labor skills and experience. I have more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of human resources, labor relations, and resource management. I am proud of my reputation for honor and integrity as well as my track record of solving issues through unification and collaboration.
I ask for your support and your vote to be the next Secretary of the National Fraternal Order of Police (2017).
I have also been a member of the Fraternal Order of Police for more than 30 years and I have served at the Local, State and National levels:
President LA County Lodge 1 in California - 1994 to 2014
President of California State Lodge - 2000 to Present
Labor Field Representative, Labor Services Division
Labor Committee Member
National FOP Education Services Committee Chairman - 2011 to 2013
National Trustee - 1996 to 2000
National FOP Sgt. at Arms - 2011 to Present
Golden Badge Foundation Labor Lifetime Achievement Award 2008
LEO Award One of Top Ten Law Enforcement Members in Los Angeles County
California State Lodge Member of the Year
California State Lodge Lifetime Achievement Award
Vietnam Veteran / United States Army (Bronze Star - Air Medal - Vietnam Service Medal – Vietnam Campaign Medal- Presidential Unit Citation)
Commander So. Cal. American Indian Veterans Association
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SAN DIEGO – The California Fraternal Order of Police concluded its 2016 Biennial State Conference on Tuesday, August 30th. The conference was hosted by Los Angeles County Lodge 1 and included board meetings, state lodge business, updates, elections, classes, awards, and a very special visit from California FOP Member - San Diego Police Officer Wade Irwin who was shot in the neck in July when a man opened fire on him and his partner. His partner was killed in the attack.
The main portion of the conference opened with the Posting of Colors by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the Pledge of Allegiance, an opening prayer and a moment of silence for Veterans and law enforcement officers who bravely serve or served our country, some losing their lives in the line of duty.
Orange County Sheriff Sandy Hutchenson welcomed delegates and guests and spoke about the current climate, the “war on criminal justice and the war on cops.”
“I believe 99.9% of our cops are out there every day doing the hard and often thankless job, keeping the public safe,” Sheriff Hutchenson said. “They will continue to do their job, because they are dedicated to their mission.”
Hutchenson called for a mental health system that works and told those in attendance that the law enforcement uniform they wear represents government and when they enter challenged communities, they represent everything that is wrong with government.
National FOP President Chuck Canterbury addressed attending delegates as well, speaking about law enforcement’s support from United States Vice President Joe Biden, the number of officers killed in the line of duty this year, and sentencing reform.
Canterbury thanked California FOP President Roger Mayberry for his work in California and as Sgt. Of Arms on the National level. “He is a God-sent to me on this board,” said Canterbury.
National FOP Vice President Jay McDonald spoke about the need to bring into the spotlight, the honest and heroic work that law enforcement officers do each and every day. “We as an organization need to stand up and tell the truth about what’s going on in the streets,” said McDonald. He encouraged members to use social media, including the FOP’s Facebook page and Twitter to receive updates and to share the lifesaving work that officers do across the country.
“We also spoke to our members about the need to be there for one another, emotionally and financially,” said California FOP President Roger Mayberry. “On July 28th, one of our members, San Diego Police Officer Wade Irwin was critically wounded when he was shot in the neck. FOP is beside him in his long road to recovery. We asked California local lodges to pledge money to help him and his family. He is a true hero for his actions the night he and his partner came under attack. As he was on the ground bleeding, his partner dying, he fired shots at his attacker, injuring him, saving responding officers from being shot at.”
Mayberry thanked California FOP Lodge 10 President Kevin McQuillen for taking the lead in getting support to Officer Irwin and his family and suggested that Officer Irwin might attend the conference for a few minutes on August 30th to say, “thank you.”
Officer Irwin arrived the next day to a rousing, standing ovation. He and his wife walked through the hero’s welcome and up to a podium where he spoke briefly about his duties as a gang officer and being shot. It was evident that he was physically and emotionally exhausted and will need many months to recover.
“I’m originally from Salinas, California,” Irwin told the group, “My father was a Salinas police officer for 28 years, so, definitely this is in my blood, this is the only job I’ve ever wanted to do.”
Irwin said he spent 25 days in the hospital and only returned home a week and a-half ago. He said he is looking forward to going back to work as soon as he heals. “I want to thank everyone for their support,” Irwin said tearfully. “For what you guys are doing for everything that you are doing for my family.” Every officer in attendance jumped to his/her feet and applauded and shouted support for Officer Irwin. Irwin was presented with several checks with the promise of more financial support on its way.
“This was a very emotional time for all of us,” said Mayberry. “We will stand by Officer Irwin and his family and be at the ready for him.”
Other items of business included a legislative and political report from Legislative Advocate Shane LaVigne and Political Consultant Peter Mitchell, and a membership and financial update.
California FOP President Roger Mayberry announced his candidacy for National FOP Secretary and received the support of the California delegation.
The California delegation re-elected Roger Mayberry as California FOP President, Kevin Mickelson as Vice President, Gary Nissen as Secretary, Joe Perez as Treasurer and Chad Jones as Sgt. at Arms. Second Vice President Mark Nichols stated that he was stepping down from his post and nominated California FOP Lodge 77 President Alan Barcelona for the position.
“I sincerely thank Mark Nichols for his service to FOP,” said Mayberry. “He has been a tremendous help to our board and to the California Fraternal Order of Police. He remains President of his local lodge and will continue to serve.”
One of the classes presented to FOP membership was a presentation by Jason Lehman on “Why’d You Stop Me?” Members also learned about FOP legal defense and other issues they encounter as working and retired officers.
During the convention, California FOP awarded Chuck Hall from Lodge 8 with the California FOP Member of the Year Award, and Roger Dehaan from Lodge 1 with the California FOP Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Dear California Fraternal Order of Police Members,
The California Fraternal Order of Police (CA FOP) Foundation has set up a fund to assist San Diego Police Officer Wade Irwin, 32, and his family, during their extreme time of need. As you may be aware, FOP Member Irwin and his partner were shot during a traffic stop on July 28, 2016. Officer Irwin has a long road to recovery and we would like to do all that we can to help him, his wife and his small child. Donating to this fund is the way to ensure that 100% of the money collected will go to Officer Irwin and his family to help them through this difficult time.
Unfortunately, during times like this, there are many scammers who will prey on the public’s generosity and create funds that aren’t entirely dedicated to the effort to support Officer Wade and his family.
We want to ensure you, that our fund is completely dedicated to Officer Irwin and his family. Officer Irwin is a nine year veteran of the San Diego Police Department and our brother. Please consider helping us to take care of one of our own so that he may focus on recovering and not on the financial burdens that can become more overwhelming than the healing itself.
To donate, address a check to CA FOP Foundation, put "Wade Irwin" in the memo line and mail it to CA FOP Foundation, 18441 Eucalyptus Ave, Lake Elsinore, CA. 92532. Your donation to the CA FOP Foundation is tax deductible.
I sincerely thank you for supporting the CA FOP Foundation and our effort to do everything we can for Brother Irwin. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.
Roger D Mayberry
Fraternal Order of Police, California President
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