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FOP Lodge #81 Macon Jackson County North Carolina

Macon-Jackson Lodge #81 of the Fraternal Order of Police Welcomes You

About Us - The Fraternal Order of Police: the Voice of Law Enforcement Professionals

The Fraternal Order of Police is the world's largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 321,000 members in more than 2,100 lodges. We are the voice of those who dedicate their lives to protecting and serving our communities. We are committed to improving the working conditions of law enforcement officers and the safety of those we serve through education, legislation, information, community involvement, and employee representation. No one knows the dangers and the difficulties faced by today's police officers better than another officer, and no one knows police officers better than the FOP.

Founded in 1915, we are still "Building on a Proud Tradition."

Macon Jackson Lodge #81

Macon-Jackson Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #81 was Chartered in 2002, with 29 members. Lodge #81 has become very involved in supporting both local Law Enforcement Officers and the communities we serve. We are funded primarily by membership dues from active or retired Law Enforcement Officers.

In order to fund our many community & charity programs we depend on the support of the citizens and businesses of Macon & Jackson County. FOP Lodge #81 appreciates your past support and it is our hope you will continue to help fund our programs when called upon.

Although our main objective is to insure that our local agencies and officers obtain the needed equipment and a have a voice with the government agency they work for, FOP Lodge #81 is also there to support the family when a loved one has fallen in the line of duty.

A Brief History about the Fraternal Order of Police:

In 1915, the life of a policeman was bleak. In many communities they were forced to work 12 hour days, 365 days a year. Police officers didn't like it, but there was little they could do to change their working conditions. There were no organizations to make their voices heard; no other means to make their grievances known.

This soon changed, thanks to the courage and wisdom of two Pittsburgh patrol officers. Martin Toole and Delbert Nagle knew they must first organize police officers, like other labor interests, if they were to be successful in making life better for themselves and their fellow police officers. They and 21 others "who were willing to take a chance" met on May 14, 1915, and held the first meeting of the Fraternal Order of Police. They formed Fort Pitt Lodge #1. They decided on this name due to the anti-union sentiment of the time. However, there was no mistaking their intentions. As they told their city mayor, Joe Armstrong, the FOP would be the means "to bring our grievances before the Mayor or Council and have many things adjusted that we are unable to present in any other way...we could get many things through our legislature that our Council will not, or cannot give us."

And so it began, a tradition of police officers representing police officers. The Fraternal Order of Police was given life by two dedicated police officers determined to better their profession and those who choose to protect and serve our communities, our states, and our country. It was not long afterward that Mayor Armstrong was congratulating the Fraternal Order of Police for their "strong influence in the legislatures in various states,...their considerate and charitable efforts" on behalf of the officers in need and for the FOP's "efforts at increasing the public confidence toward the police to the benefit of the peace, as well as the public."

From that small beginning the Fraternal Order of Police began growing steadily. In 1917, the idea of a National Organization of Police Officers came about. Today, the tradition that was first envisioned 90 years ago lives on with more than 2,100 local lodges and more than 321,000 members in the United States. The Fraternal Order of Police has become the largest professional police organization in the country. The FOP continues to grow because we have been true to the tradition and continued to build on it. The Fraternal Order of Police are proud professionals working on behalf of law enforcement officers from all ranks and levels of government.

A book entitled "The Fraternal Order of Police, 1915-1976: A History" by Justin E. Walsh, Ph.D., was first published in 1977. The book was reprinted in 2001 with a new foreword by Past National President Gilbert Gallegos. The reprinted book can be ordered by calling the Grand Lodge at 615.399.0900.

fraternal order of police starAbout the Star

The emblem adopted by the National Fraternal Order of Police is designed to remind the membership of the duties that are expected of them as a citizen, a police officer and a member of the lodge. The five-cornered star tends to remind us of the allegiance we owe to our Flag and is a symbol of the authority with which we are entrusted. It is an honor the people we serve bestow upon us. They place their confidence and trust in us; serve them proudly. Midway between the points and center of the star is a blue field representative of the thin blue line protecting those we serve. 

The points are of gold, which indicates the position under which we are now serving. The background is white, the unstained color representing the purity with which we should serve. We shall not let anything corrupt be injected into our order. Therefore, our colors are blue, gold and white.

The open eye is the eye of vigilance ever looking for danger and protecting all those under its care while they sleep or while awake. The clasped hands denote friendship. The hand of friendship is always extended to those in need of our comfort.

The circle surrounding the star midway indicates our never ending efforts to promote the welfare and advancement of this order. Within the half circle over the centerpiece is our motto, "Jus, Fides, Libertatum" which translated means, "Law is a Safeguard of Freedom."

The FOP star logo, the FOP scroll logo, the name "Fraternal Order of Police" and the name "FOP" are registered trademarks of the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police. The use or reproduction of the FOP name or logo is forbidden without the express written consent of the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police.

PLEASE NOTE. There are many scams and fraudulent telemarketers ou there, so if you question the validity of the call received, please contact or email one of the Lodge Officers. Macon-Jackson Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #81 DOES NOT make telephone solicitations.

Those calling you should never imply they are police officers, deputies or employees of any Police Department or Sheriff's Office. If you receive such a call, contact the Lodge and we will take action on fraudulent calls immediately. Misrepresentation of the Fraternal Order of Police or Macon-Jackson County Lodge #81 will not be tolerated. Impersonating a Police Officer or Deputy is a Crime.

Macon-Jackson Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #81 may ask for your financial assistance by mail. If this is done, you will receive an official letter directly from the Lodge. A professional company will not perform this service and 100% of the proceeds will stay in Macon & Jackson Counties and go toward Lodge activities. One of the programs we are funding is the Law Enforcement Scholarship Program.

If you're interested in becoming a member of Macon-Jackson Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #81, click here to learn more about the requirements.

We hope you will take time to browse through our site to get better acquainted with Lodge #81 and our work in Macon & Jackson County, North Carolina.



P.O. Box 12
Franklin, NC 28744-0012


"We pledge ourselves to promote the health and welfare of all Law Enforcement Officers and their immediate families; to raise and maintain the professional standards of the Law Enforcement; and to improve the working conditions of law enforcement officers and the safety of those we serve through education, legislation, information, community involvement, and employee representation.”


Monthly meetings are held the 4th Tuesday beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Franklin First Baptist Church.


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