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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 plan.

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 PBA.

The NCFOP Legal Aid Committee reiterates there is no cap and our plan is administered out of North Carolina, not Georgia like the PBA’s plan.




Any 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 questions please contact Brian Obranovich, at   If Brian doesn't have the answer to your questions, he will find it.




To join lodge 88 of the North Carolina Fraternal Order of Police download our application form in Adobe Acrobat format  here.  If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat reader you can download a free copy  here or contact 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 CALENDAR page.


Mail a Check

Payment can be made by sending a check for $100 to: Johnston County Lodge 88, FOP,  PO BOX 11, Clayton, NC 27528





Legal Aid (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 employment.

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- member.

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 particular attorney.

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.

Program Restrictions

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 files.

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 monies.

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 its members.

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.


Death Benefit

On 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 - $9,000.

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.

Disaster Assistance

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 the disaster.

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 organizations.

License Plate

The 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.

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