NATIONAL FOP 2020 US PRESIDENTIAL SCREENING COMMITTEE APPOINTED

The most recent Standing Resolution of the Grand Lodge provides that the National FOP President and Vice President will appoint a U.S. Presidential Screening Committee. This has been done. The Colorado FOP is very proud to announce that Colorado State FOP President Stephen Schulz has been selected to serve on the National FOP’s Presidential Screening Committee.

PROCESS

Our State and local lodges, of course, will make decisions about races for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, as well as a myriad of other State and local races. For the National FOP, we must evaluate the candidates for President of the United States and make an endorsement which reflects the preference of our membership.

The two major party presidential candidates will be presented with a presidential screening questionnaire developed by the Screening Committee with the cooperation of the National Legislative Office. Prior to the Fall Meeting of the National Board of Trustees, the members of the Screening Committee will meet and interview the candidates who completed the presidential questionnaire. Their responses to the questionnaire and interview will be provided to the members via the FOP Journal and electronically through our website and other platforms.

This, however, is only part of the process. Each State Lodge has (or should have) a process by which the members of the local lodges within the State Lodge would convey their preference for a candidate to their National Trustee. It is important that each member know about his or her State’s process for instructing their National Trustee so that all FOP members can meaningfully participate in this process.

The Colorado State Lodge will decide its Presidential ndorsement at the August State FOP Board of Trustees meeting. That decision will bind the vote of our National Trustee's vote at the National FOP Trustees Meeting in Spetember. More information on the Colorado Process will be sent to the state membership in July. 

Following the State’s evaluation of the candidates for President, the National Trustees will consider the report of the Screening Committee at the Fall meeting of the National Board of Trustees and a formal vote on the endorsement will be taken. Each Trustee must cast a vote for a candidate or for “no endorsement.” A candidate who receives a two-thirds majority of the National Board of Trustees receives the endorsement of the National Fraternal Order of Police.

PRESIDENTIAL ENDORSEMENT TIMELINE

  • Adopt Committee Appointment – May 14th
  • Committee Develops Questionnaire – May 18th
  • Questionnaire Sent to National Board of Trustees – May 19th
  • Questionnaire Sent to both Presidential Candidates – May 25th
  • Questionnaire Returned by Candidates – June 6th
  • Request to Candidates for Personal Interviews – June 13th
  • Questionnaire and Candidate’s Responses Distributed to All Local Lodges – July 7th
  • Questionnaire and Candidate’s Responses Published in National FOP Journal – Mid-July
  • National FOP Board of Trustees Vote on Endorsement – September 4th

The Fraternal Order of Police is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most influential organization of law enforcement professionals in the United States. As such, we play a prominent role in the formation of national law enforcement policy.

The presidential endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police is a statement to the nation, as well as our members, that our aims and goals—an emphasis on officer safety, fair treatment for law enforcement as public employees and tough anti-crime measures—are the same as our candidate, and that we believe our candidate will best serve the interests of the law enforcement community.

It is important to recognize that there is not, and never will be, a candidate with whom we will agree with 100% of the time. Our goal here is to carefully and deliberately review the candidates, their responses, and their history on the issues that matter to us and then make an informed decision as to which would best serve the interests of our fraternity.

When that decision is made, that candidate will receive our active and enthusiastic support.

2020 NATIONAL FOP PRESIDENTIAL SCREENING COMMITTEE

  • Stephen Schulz – Colorado FOP State President and National FOP Labor Coalition
  • John McNesby – Philadelphia FOP Lodge 5 President and Urban Policing Committee
  • Darrell Basco – Louisiana State FOP President and FOP Southern States Association
  • Jason Smith – Oklahoma State FOP President and FOP Western States Association
  • Chris Southwood – Illinois State FOP President and FOP Great Lakes Coalition
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