The first Fraternal Order of Police Lodge was formed in Pittsburgh, PA in 1915. The Fort Pitt Lodge was formed by two officers after facing numerous labor issues in their department. One of the many issues they faced was the fact that it was very common across the United States for officers to work 12 hour shifts, 365 days a year! Indianapolis formed its lodge in May of 1938 as the Fraternal Order of Police gained strength and prominence.
It isn’t lost on historians that the FOP was formed out of labor-management issues and that is the bulk of issues still faced by lodges today. Indianapolis Lodge 86 is no different. The lodge represents well over 3,000 active and retired officers from several departments. Our motto is “Protecting and Serving those who Protect and Serve”. The staff prides itself on making sure the rights of members are protected. The FOP star contains the Latin term “Jus Fidus Libertatum”, which means “Law is the safeguard of Liberty”.
While this lodge represents over 3,000 members, it is connected to both the State FOP, which represents 16,000 Law Enforcement Officers throughout Indiana, and the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, which represents 300,000 Officers from all over the country.