This past week I was in San Diego at a summit that was co-sponsored by the ALADS (Los Angles Deputy Sheriffs’ Association) and the Fraternal Order of Police. Also in attendance were representatives from Los Angles Police, National State Troopers, and International Brotherhood of Police.
I was happy to see Large and small agencies present to talk about the problems facing Law Enforcement today. I felt that the tide may be turning as more agencies realize that we need put forth a united front. This summit is not the first, Texas’ two largest state organizations gathered to also put petty differences aside and to finally begin to come together.
FOP President Chuck Canterbury started the conference by asking that all organizations present make a commitment to work together. As billionaires plot to take away our pensions we will never out spend them so we need to come together and fight back. Mark Hodapp the President of the National State Troopers echoed the same message.
The conference was an opportunity meet our fellow officers who are fighting the same battles across the country. New Jersey, Maryland, and Ohio spoke about their situations respectively. Washington D.C. officers talked about the problems that affect the Federal Officers and the need for a united voice.
As with all conferences the networking with other officers was valuable. I got the opportunity to reacquaint myself with old friends and meet new ones. I had the opportunity during the conference to brief the other agencies on what our Lodge is doing to reach out to the community. I have received request from the National FOP and numerous other groups to exchange emails to continue the dialog. The room was filled with many great leaders that were interested in the needs of their members not in their egos. I hope that more groups will come together. As the saying goes if don’t come together we will hang separately.