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'We are all in this together': Boulder County Sheriff's Office Commander's Viral Video
"To those of you who don't know me, I’m Vinnie Montez, a third generation Mexican-American born in Boulder, Colorado," is how Montez starts his now viral video. In the video Montez, a Patrol Commander for the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, states "for the first time in my life, I’m deeply hurt because I have concluded people don’t think much of law enforcement." "I just want to start a conversation to say, 'Hey, here’s another perspective," Montez told Denver7. His five-minute v...

National FOP President Testifies Before Senate Judiciary Committee: "Police Use of Force and Community Relations"
"To preserve the American way of life, we must work together to improve policing" Patrick Yoes, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, testified before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary yesterday at a hearing entitled: “Police Use of Force and Community Relations.” “The men and women of America’s law enforcement were angered to see the disgraceful conduct committed by one of their own and they are committed to being part of the solution,” said Yoes. “I am here ...

NATIONAL FOP PRESIDENT PATRICK YOES’ STATEMENT ON PROSECUTORIAL PROCESS IN ATLANTA
The Fulton County District Attorney’s hasty decision to charge former police officer Garrett Rolfe with felony murder raises serious questions of impartiality and fairness. A District Attorney has the responsibility to fully review the facts of a possible crime judiciously before bringing a criminal charge, especially one that carries a sentence of life in prison or death. In this case, the charge against Mr. Rolfe was announced by the District Attorney in a televised news conference be...

Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection Act Signed into Law
President Trump Signs Vital Bill that Addresses Officer Suicides  Patrick Yoes, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, thanked President Trump for signing H.R. 3735/S. 2746, the “Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection Act,” into law on Tuesday.  “Law enforcement officers, unfortunately, see the very worst of humanity with some statistics suggesting that a police officer will experience more traumatic events in six months than the average person will experience i...

NATIONAL FOP PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT ON POLICE REFORM LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS
The National Fraternal Order of Police has had positive and productive conversations with Democrats and Republicans in both the House and Senate to build a bipartisan consensus on legislation to improve policing in our country. We believe that there are broad areas of agreement and that it is possible to build consensus on issues like data collection, agency accreditation, expanded use of body-worn cameras and improved training. We also need to work for more consistent adoption of nationall...

STATE FOP UPDATE ON POLICE REFORM - FINAL VERSION SB 20-217
Brothers and Sisters, The last few weeks have been difficult times for our profession both here in Colorado and nationwide. As you are all aware SB 20-217 “Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity” was introduced into the Colorado General Assembly by Democratic leadership on June 3, 2020. I know that each of you has struggled the last few weeks wanting to know exactly what was being done in regards to this legislation and its ultimate impact on each of us and our profession. And although we...

Call For Action - Colorado Senate Bill 20-217 "Colorado Police Reform" Legislation
Brothers and Sisters, This year has been incredibly difficult as a Peace Officer. Recent events in Minnesota may have turned it into the most negative historical year any of us will experience in our careers. Some of you may be feeling lost while we traverse the political landscape and community backlash a horrific use of force tragedy has created. Reform will happen, it should happen. As each of you is aware a hastily written bill has been introduced into the Colorado General Assembly pro...

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