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The Southern States PBA has and
continues to misrepresent the comparison of the Legal Defense Plans
and they do this knowingly.
Not only is this false information listed on their web site, it is
also included in the flyer distributed by the Police Benevolent
Association. Both compare the legal defense benefits between our two
organizations. The information relating to the FOP is based on the
FOP National Legal Defense Plan – not the NC State Lodge plan.
With that being said, there is even a misrepresentation of the
National FOP’s Legal Defense Plan. But we do not use the National
Legal Defense Plan – we have our own.
Let us state this clearly and concisely: The North Carolina State
Lodge set up our own Legal Defense Plan, we administer the funds,
and there is no limit on the amount of funding we will spend on a
member’s legal defense.
Let us also clearly and concisely state that the leadership of the
North Carolina Southern States PBA is fully aware of this fact. The
NCFOP discussed this several times with their former President (who
is no longer a member of the PBA). They know they are using selected
data from the National FOP Legal Defense Plan and they also know
that the NC FOP does not use the National Plan, that we have our own
Knowing these facts, the PBA continues to misrepresent the facts and
claim that the NC FOP has a cap on how much money we will spend on
an individual case. This is emphatically and categorically not true,
and the PBA knows this. The PBA continues to promote this false
claim in order to sway potential members away from the FOP and to
The NCFOP Legal Aid Committee reiterates there is no cap and
our plan is administered out of North Carolina, not Georgia like the
WHO CAN JOIN
full-time, sworn law enforcement officer with arrest power who is employed by a
government entity may become a member of the Fraternal Order of
Police. Membership in lodge 88 is restricted to law
enforcement who work and/or live within Johnston County.
Retired law enforcement officers are also welcomed and encouraged to
join our lodge (you must live within Johnston County).
Constitution and By-Laws of the Fraternal Order of Police
Article 4 - Membership
Section 1. Any regularly appointed or elected and full-time employed
law enforcement officer of the United States, any state or political
subdivision thereof, or any agency may be eligible for membership in
the Fraternal Order of Police, subject to the provisions of this
Constitution. No person shall be denied membership on account of
race, religion, color, creed, sex, age, or national origin.
Section 2. Subject only to the provisions of this Constitution, each
state and subordinate lodge shall be the judge of its membership.
Each state and subordinate lodge shall establish requirements for
membership in good standing of its respective membership, which
requirements shall not be inconsistent herewith.
If you are interested in joining the Johnston County Lodge 88 of the
FOP and have
Brian Obranovich, at
If Brian doesn't have the answer to your questions, he will find it.
HOW TO JOIN
lodge 88 of the North Carolina Fraternal Order of Police download
our application form in Adobe Acrobat format
If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat reader you can download a free
or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
and an application can be mailed to your address.
Attend a Meeting
Meetings bi-monthly and
date/time/location information is always posted on our
Mail a Check
can be made by sending a check for $100 to:
Johnston County Lodge 88, FOP,
PO BOX 11, Clayton, NC 27528
(legal aid for Lodge 88 is provided by Jack O'Hale of
Narron, O'Hale and Whittington, P.A.)
As an additional benefit to the FOP
membership, the FOP, through its Legal Defense Fund, offers to
assist in the legal defense of members in good standing with the
State Lodge and their local lodge when such members face litigation
or prosecution for acts within the scope of a member's employment as
a law enforcement officer.
The Legal Defense Fund is for those situations where the law
enforcement officer inflicts fatal or serious injuries upon a person
or persons, is sued for civil damages or prosecuted on criminal
charges related to any incident that occurs within the member's
scope of employment or faces suspension without pay or termination
as a result of any incident that occurs within the member's scope of
By the provision of a legal defense fund, the State Lodge in no way
admits the liability of the officer-member, nor does the State Lodge
admit any liability of the FOP in conjunction with the officer-
Who is covered?
All active FOP members who, at the time of the incident which
necessitates legal defense, are active law enforcement officers in
good standing with the N.C. FOP and their local lodge.
Does the FOP have subrogation rights?
Yes. The FOP is subrogated, up to the amount given towards legal
defense, to any amounts received by the member as an award in the
case. Example: Member shoots Mr. Smith. Mr. Smith sues Member. As
part of defense, Member counter- claims for attorney fees and wins.
FOP is repaid by Member up to the amount of FOP contribution from
the attorney fees awarded by the Court to Member.
May I choose my attorney?
Yes. The State Lodge does not choose your attorney. However, the
State Lodge through the Legal Aid Committee may recommend a
Does the FOP pay me or my attorney?
The attorney, upon the attorney's submittal of a bill and the
approval of the Legal Aid Committee.
Critical Incident Situations
Approved legal defense funds are available upon the authorization of
any local lodge or State Board of Director members in cases of an
incident where the officer/member is involved in a situation where
serious or fatal injuries have occurred as a result of an officer/
member's actions within the scope of his/her employment. The FOP's
assistance is available by contacting a local lodge or State Board
of Directors member and notifying him/her of the critical incident.
The legal defense request may be done by phone with a follow-up
request in writing. Funds will be made immediately available after
the initial phone contact. The State Board of Director member will
make the initial notification to the Legal Aid Committee, for you,
in these Critical Incident Situations.
1. Incident must occur in the performance of the officer's official
duty. Any alleged or actual act or omission that is not duty related
will not be covered.
2. Eligible officers must make the request for assistance, in
writing. In critical incident situations, immediate funds can be
approved by any State Lodge Board of Directors member over the
phone; however, a follow-up written request is required for FOP
3. The written request must be sent to the Legal Aid Committee with
copies to the Local Lodge President and to the Local Lodge State
Trustee for the convenience of the State Lodge.
4. Any claims for payment which are not specifically related to
legal defense matters, will not be covered.
5. The legal defense fund is applicable to payment claims not
covered by insurance or other contributors. An exception occurs
where the member-applicant belongs to a lodge which has a legal
defense fund in place. In those cases, the State Lodge will pay
legal claims first before the member-applicant need apply for local
6. Continuation of this plan and such payments as required will be
subject to the funds available in the Legal Defense Fund of the N.C.
FOP and/or any additional funding for the program that may be
approved by the Board of Directors.
7. The provision of Legal Defense Funds is designed solely to assist
active members of the N.C. FOP with their legal defense in
appropriate actions; however, in the provision of such funds, the
N.C. FOP assumes no responsibility for the actions or inactions of
8. Any incident that occurred prior to 27 October 1990 will only be
covered by the plan if approved by a majority of such Board.
June 21, 1990, the North Carolina State Lodge, Fraternal Order of
Police created what is now known as the North Carolina State Lodge
Death Benefit Program. The State Lodge provides a Death Benefit for
every qualified member in good standing. A listing of such members
will be maintained in the State Lodge Office.
A basic benefit of $3,000 will be paid for a death by natural
causes. An additional benefit of $3,000 in the event of an
accidental death and another $3,000 in the event of line of duty
death. i.e.: Natural -$3,000; Accidental - $6,000; Line of Duty -
Military personnel assigned to law enforcement duties are covered
under the natural and accidental portions of the coverage. Should a
line of duty death occur, the State Lodge would pay that portion of
the coverage only if the death was related to the law enforcement
function. The line of duty benefit will not be paid if the death
occurred either in a combat situation or any military situation not
related to the law enforcement function.
This State Lodge Death Benefit program will continue in effect so
long and until such time as the North Carolina State Lodge Board of
directors decides not to continue this program, and/or modify or
effect changes to the program. It is unequivocally and expressly
understood that the status of membership does not imply any
guarantee or expectation of any continued rights under this program
if the Lodge decides to discontinue this program at whatever time or
for whatever reason.
The N.C. FOP Disaster Assistance Response
Team (DART) will respond to a natural disaster area to assist
officers who must work and have suffered damage as a result of
DART will provide home stabilization assistance
such as placing tarps on damaged roofs, boarding damaged
windows, removing fallen trees from drive-ways and removing
furniture from flooded homes. DART may also provide assistance
to officers' families by running emergency errands, helping with
disaster assistance paperwork and encouraging the use of support
Fraternal Order of Police has been authorized by the NC DMV Special
License Unit to offer a civic club license plate to our Active
members. Now we have over 1,000 plates on the road. The cost of
these plates is $30 per year, compared to $20 for a standard plate,
and $40 for a personalized plate. After you receive your plate, the
$30 will be paid each year when you renew your plate. To apply for
an FOP plate, go to your closest license plate agency and fill out
an Application for a Civic Club License Plate. Or taking your
license plate renewal form, with personal identification and your
FOP membership card and obtain the FOP Vanity Plate.
If your current tag is due to expire soon, you will be requested to
renew early before your special plate is issued. (This early renewal
will not change your normal month of expiration).
We must caution you that in order to maintain this plate you must
maintain your membership in the FOP.