The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) is a fraternal organization consisting of sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. The FOP has membership of over 355,000 members, organized in 2,100 local chapters (lodges), state lodges, and the national Grand Lodge. The organization attempts to improve the working conditions of law enforcement officers and the safety of those they serve through education, legislation, information, community involvement, and employee representation.
Lake Havasu Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #47, is a local chapter that represents the professional men and women of law enforcement in the Lake Havasu City area. Since its inception in the early 1990’s, the Lake Havasu Fraternal Order of Police has felt a need to support members employed by the Lake Havasu City Police Department through a variety of ways, and always remains prepared to aid members who may be in distress through injury, sickness, and death. In addition, the LHFOP always strives to be a strong advocate for the promotion of fraternity and friendship among its members; promote individual and collective welfare in helping defend and preserve the rights of its members; and be known in the community as an association that gives back. The Lake Havasu Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #47 is recognized as a tax-exempt 501c3 organization.
In April of 2004, the City of Lake Havasu adopted a city ordinance regarding the meet and confer process for (5) working groups within the city. The “Police” working group was established to include non-supervisory/non-confidential employees with an avenue to be represented through a meet and confer process. A yearly Memorandum of Understanding between the police working group, police department administration, and city management is drafted and approved by all parties. This ordinance allows for (1) official and exclusive organization to represent the employee working group in the meet and confer process. The LHFOP Lodge #47 has taken on this role as being the exclusive organization representing the working group in meet and confer. (See Lake Havasu City Code 2.62 for specific details) Since the inception of the Lake Havasu Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #47, the LHFOP has always strived to bring balance and harmony between members of the lodge, Lake Havasu City Police Department Command Staff, Lake Havasu City Management and Human Resources Staff, and Elected Officials representing Lake Havasu City.