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    • November 21, 2018
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      This trust fund is set up to assist injured officers while recovering financially. If your donation is being mailed to the Credit Union. All Donations for the Injured Officers fund need to be made payable to the Greater Pittsburgh Police FCU, in the Memo please write "Injured Officers Fund", and it can be mailed to 1338 Chartiers Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15220. OR if you would like to make a donation and mail it to the FOP Office, Make checks payable to "FOP LODGE #1," and in the MEMO please write "Injured Officers Fund." The FOP address is 1428 Banksville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216 ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL THE FOP OFFICE AT 412-344-0984. Thank you! Apparel Fundraiser is now available ONLY online. All Proceeds will go to the Injured Officers Fund. https://stores.inksoft.com/fopfundraiser/shop/home
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      GARRITY RIGHTS

      GARRITY RIGHTS—FEDERAL LAW The burden is placed on you to assert your Garrity rights. These rights can and should be asserted whenever you believe you are being investigated for possible criminal conduct. The Garrity rule stems from a case decided in 1967 by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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      WEINGARTEN RIGHTS

      WEINGARTEN RIGHTS If you are ever called into an interview meeting with your supervisor or manager so that they can investigate a situation which might result in discipline, you have specific representational rights. These rights are called Weingarten Rights and they are summarized below.
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      A Brief History of 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 aggrievances 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 over 90 years ago lives on with more than 2,100 local lodges and more than 325,000 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.
       
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