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First Responders, Community, and COVID-19
A Global Pandemic has forced a majority of our community to stay indoors and take preventive measures in order to ensure that we keep our families safe and healthy. This means sweeping changes are taking place all over the nation on a daily basis, while times like this can feel like our world has turned upside down we assure you that the one thing you can count on is your local Law Enforcement standing by you as vigilant as ever. We work around the clock no matter the circumstance to keep...

National FOP Wellness Committee Webinar: "COVID-19's Impact on Grief, Loss, and Death Notification"
"COVID-19's Impact on Grief, Loss, and Death Notification" A Free Educational Webinar for FOP Members staring at Tuesday, May 26, 1 p.m. (EDT) Provided in partnership with the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) The novel coronavirus and the practice of social distancing is changing the way citizens are grieving and dying. It is also impacting Law Enforcement's ability to provide traditional death notifications. This session will discuss best practices for delivering death ...

State of Colorado Major Testing Announcement
Major Testing Announcement Today, Governor Polis announced that Colorado now has the supplies, the testing sites, and the capacity to test anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19, as well as all health care workers, all senior care facility workers, all first responders, and all essential workers who directly interact with the public...

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 Representative...

Fraternal Order of Police COVID-19 Information for Law Enforcement
Protecting Public Safety and Health Home About News COVID-19 Activity Updates FOP Legislative News Washington Watch Legislative Updates COVID-19 Line-of-Duty Deaths Policies Legal Counsel Wellness Resources Articles Videos Contact Been Exposed? Are You Sick? Been Exposed? Are You Sick? Facebook Twitter Instagram As the coronavirus continues to affect nearly every a...

PEACE OFFICER MENTAL HEALTH FUNDING IN JEOPARDY
CALL FOR ACTION!! Brothers & Sisters, In 2014 the Colorado General Assembly established a Governor’s Task Force co-chaired by the FOP, to take testimony and examine the impact of PTSD on police officers. Some of the findings of that task force were subsequently enacted into law, the most notable being a change in Workers’ Comp coverage recognizing peace officer PSTD and mental trauma as a work-related injury in most situations. And in 2017, the Colorado FOP assisted in the creation an...

"Survivor" Law Enforcement Memorial Day Tribute Song by Dave Bray
Dave Bray is a longtime friend of the FOP and all of law enforcement. He absolutely knocks it out of the park with his new tribute song. Thanks, Dave, for your support and all you do for our nation's heroes!!!  SURVIVOR - by Dave Bray The story of the song “SURVIVOR”: It all started with a request from a widow... I’ll never forget the sound that I heard or the emotions that I felt coming from the audience as I performed ‘Last Call’ at the National POLICE Memorial for F...

Campgrounds reopening at Colorado state parks by reservation only
Gov. Jared Polis said on Monday that campgrounds at Colorado state parks will reopen Tuesday. The campgrounds are open by reservation only through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Host counties can refuse to open parks if they are not ready, Polis said. During an afternoon press conference on Monday, Polis said "the danger was never really the camp ground itself" and asked people to avoid patronizing businesses in the areas where they would be camping. Read Full Article - Click Here

National FOP Congressional Local Funding Request
Dear Madam Speaker, Senators McConnell and Schumer and Representative McCarthy, I am writing on behalf of the members of the Fraternal Order of Police to urge Congress to quickly craft legislation to provide critical funding to local and State governments, which are expected to experience severe revenue shortages that will impact the ability of these governments to deliver services, including vital public safety services. The FOP wrote to President Trump and this Congress in early Marc...

New website connecting residents to open businesses
Denver City Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer has launched a new database intended to help support local small businesses and consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic. #WeAreOpenDenver is a business website which utilizes an interactive map to help steer consumers toward open establishments. Denverites can type in their address or click to geolocate themselves, and the map automatically shows businesses that are close by. Read full article -Click here 

Jack Dudek Member of the Year Award - Nomination Guidelines
The award for the Member of the Year is the most prestigious acknowledgment that our membership can bestow on one of its own. It is an honor that is given each year, either at the midterm Board Meeting or at our National Conference. In 2020 the Member of the Year Award Committee will determine who will receive this distinguished award at the Fall Board of Trustees Meeting in Jacksonville, FL, September 3-5. The Jack Dudek Member of the Year Award was established as a means of rewarding an i...

FOP’s PPE Supply Partnership with Centerra
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: UPDATED ON 5 MAY 2020 STATEMENT OF NATIONAL PRESIDENT PATRICK YOES ON FOP-CENTERRA PARTNERSHIP FOR PPE EQUIPMENT All across our country, FOP members are on the frontlines—keeping our homes, neighborhoods and streets safe in this time of crisis. The men and women in law enforcement have always faced dangers in the line of duty, but they face a new and invisible threat in COVID-19. Ensuring the health and safety of our members is one of the most ...

Do you need to wear a mask when exercising in Denver? Glad you asked
The city of Denver has ordered residents to wear face coverings when they are out in public, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffocate while trying to walk or run for exercise. In a news conference announcing the rules going forward when the city’s stay at home ruling expires on Friday, Mayor Michael Hancock clarified what that means for people trying to get outdoor exercise. Read full article - Click Here

Jerry’s Bucket List!
On Sunday the Tigard POA helped a family create some memories. Jerry is a 13 year old Golden Retriever who has been diagnosed with stage 4 Lymphoma and has 7-10 days left. His owners reached out to the department and asked if they could help “check a box” on Jerry’s bucket list, to be a K-9 for a day. “Box Check”, thanks to the Tigard POA family!

THANK YOU BLUE!!!
As most of you are aware, we are partnered with the Colorado Chiefs of Police and County Sheriffs of Colorado in the Thank Blue program.  Elected officials, media persons, and sports stars have contributed to a THANKBLUE# video to express their heartfelt thanks for the work you do. Especially during this National Crisis. While many of Coloradoans are sheltering at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, Colorado’s law enforcement officers have been out working to keep our state safe and ...

Officer Survival in a Pandemic World
Captain Brian Nanavaty (Ret.), a key member of the National FOP Wellness Committee provides information for police and law enforcement officers to help safeguard their physical and mental health during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Captain Nanavaty specializes in the areas of personal and career survival in public safety, with a focus on officer wellness and mental health. Nanavaty retired in 2017 after 33 years with the Indianapolis Metro Police Department (IMPD) where in 2010 he created t...

Join the Thank Blue Team Effort for Social Media
#THANKBLUE While many of us are sheltering at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, Colorado’s law enforcement officers have been out working to keep our state safe and serving our communities. They are serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic for us, and we want to express our thanks. Please join us in saying, “#ThankBlue” by sharing a photo of yourself holding up a #ThankBlue sign or a picture of the sign hung in your window! When you share your photo on social media, ple...

State FOP Receives Large Donation of Hand Sanitizer for Lodges
The Colorado State Lodge has partnered with Molson Coors and Blue Moon Brewing in Denver to provide hand sanitizer to FOP lodges and local police/sheriffs departments to help in keeping our members safe. They have provided us with four 5-gallon buckets of hand sanitizer, which we are storing at the State Lodge for distribution.If your lodge and/or department need hand sanitizer please contact our State FOP Office Manager Steve Deal by email at [email protected] Steve will coordinate with ...

Meet National Fraternal Order of Police President Patrick Yoes
For anyone who has wondered what the Fraternal Order of Police is about, National FOP President Pat Yoes explains our mission and what drives our organization. This video is an introduction of the Law enforcement and FOP background of the current President of the National Fraternal Order of Police Patrick Yoes.

COVID-19 Video Message From National FOP President Patrick Yoes
COVID-19 is affecting each of us in different ways but we all play a part in reducing its spread and defeating this virus! Rest assured, together, we will prevail!

How To Keep Our Community Safe From The Coronavirus
Here are some preventative methods and information via the World Health Organization that can help keep our community informed and safe while we all face new challenges during the current Coronavirus outbreak. 

Help Share these tips with our community so that we can all help #FlattenTheCurve! 

 Source: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public


FEMA COVID-19 Update To Emergency Services
The National Legislative Office has provided FOP members with a letter from Pete Gaynor, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to the nation’s Emergency Managers, which outlines lessons learned from the first 30 days of FEMA leading the “Whole-of-America” response to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.  To view FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor's  letter, please click here: Emergency Services Update Letter

COVID-19 Line-of-Duty Deaths
While COVID-19 is without a doubt a public health crisis, it is also a public safety crisis. The FOP knew at the beginning of the pandemic that law enforcement officers on the front lines combating this pandemic—more than 90% of whom will be responding from local and State agencies—would be increasingly vulnerable to contracting the virus. COVID-19 makes no distinction between age, race or gender. As we had feared, the virus has claimed the lives of many, and now includes a growing number o...

Tips On Working Remotely During The Coronavirus Outbreak
We know our community is facing a whole new set of challenges each and every day while we’re all doing our fair share to remain indoors and protect each other from the recent Coronavirus outbreak. While working remotely seems simple enough here are some recommendations that can help you better adjust to these changes while you settle into a new work routine. Share to help our community continue to #FlattenTheCurve and be sure to comment with your own tips!

Letter to Executive Director of the Colorado Association of Local Public Health Directors
April 10, 2020 To: Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials (CALPHO)  Re: COVID-19 Dispatch Notification Policies and Procedures We are writing to you today to request that each of your Local Public Health Agency (LPHA) members enact a policy for information sharing with the first responders in their communities related to COVID-19 cases. We greatly appreciate the difficult work that LPHAs are doing for their communities during this unprecedented time. First responders a...

Another Open Letter to Our Nation’s Governors - 10 April 2020
Dear Governors, I am writing to you again on behalf of the members of the National Fraternal Order of Police as well as our members in your State to urge you to amend your State and local workman’s compensation laws through executive or legislative action and establish a presumption that law enforcement officers who contract the novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) did so in the line of duty. For States that have public safety officer death or disability programs, I urge that they also...

BREAKING!!! STATEMENT OF NATIONAL PRESIDENT PATRICK YOES ON ANNOUNCEMENT OF CHANGES TO PSOB IN COVID-19 CASES
"With Great Appreciation to the President and his Team at the Justice Department" Patrick Yoes, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, applauded today’s announcement that law enforcement and other public safety officers who file a death benefit claim through the Public Safety Officers’ Benefit (PSOB) program for a COVID-19 related death will be found by the Bureau of Justice Assistance to have contracted the disease in the line of duty in most cases. “This was a vitally ...

FOP'S Lobbyist - Frontline Public Affairs - Legisislative Update
April 9, 2020 State Legislature On Wednesday, April 8 the Legislature’s Executive Committee (EC) met and discussed the legislative schedule, deciding to aim for an updated revenue projection from both the Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) and Legislative Council on May 12, and to have the session resume on May 18. They emphasized that while May 18 is the current goal for reconvening, it is important to maintain flexibility due to the potential reality of the public health issu...

Colorado State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police - COVID-19 - Worker’s Compensation Informational Sheet
Can on duty exposure to Covid-19 be considered a work comp claim? Yes, you can file a work comp claim due to an on the job exposure to a virus, harmful chemical, and/or other toxin. This includes Covid-19. What should I do if I believe I was exposed to Covid-19 on the job? DOCUMENTATION You must have clear documentation regarding any and all possible exposures. If you have possible work related exposures on a regular basis, maintain documentation regarding all potential exposures....

National FOP Develops COVID-19 Informational Website for Members
Standing Strong During a Pandemic As the Coronavirus continues to affect nearly every aspect of our lives, law enforcement is on the front lines nationwide, rising to the challenge of protecting and serving our communities while working to stay safe ourselves. The FOP is committed to supporting our brothers and sisters in blue by keeping them informed and updated on the latest news on this evolving situation. We will fight this pandemic together — and win. We are FOP strong. Follow this l...

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