Randolph Holder was a New York City Police Officer. On October 20th, he was murdered protecting the citizens of a city (and a country) he wasn't born in. Officer Holder was a 3rd generation police officer, his father and grandfather had been police officers in Guyana. He was born to be an officer. He was killed over a stolen bicycle.
In 2010 Randolph wrote a letter to the NYPD hoping to be hired, this is just a portion:
"My name is Randolph Holder, born March 19, 1982 in Georgetown, Guyana. Growing up, all I wanted to do was make a difference in my community and become a role model. In November of 2002, I migrated to the United States of America to live with father."
Less than 5 years later his family, and his city, was laying him to rest.
Officer Holder never wanted to be rich, he grew up knowing that his chosen life would not provide monetary wealth. The wealth he received was knowing he could make a difference. I hope that in his short time as an officer he knew that he did just that.
Only 4 days after Officer Holder was killed, Quentin Tarantino marched in New York City. He didn't march in support of an immigrant who chose to be a role model, and then gave his life in the protection of the city in which he marched. Instead, the man who has made an estimated 100 million dollars making violence an art, marched in protest of his perception of police brutality. He then went on to make numerous statements about officers being murderers.
Brothers and Sisters, none of us ever met Officer Holder, but we knew him. We sit with him late at night in our patrol cars. He's with us when we chase evil through back yards. He is with us when we have those dream, the ones we rarely talk about. Officer Holder wasn't just an officer, he was one of our own family.
Today I ask you to join our family across the country in boycotting the garbage that is Quentin Tarantino. He may never hear our voices, but we can speak with our dollars. Please ask your friends and family to do the same. Until the silent majority is heard, slime like Tarantino will continue to feel comfortable in what they say.
Thank you for your support, please be safe.
KCFOP, Lodge 99
As many of you know my wife battled breast cancer recently. She won that battle and we are blessed. Many of you have similar stories.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Lodge 99 is selling shirts for $20.00 each. All profit will be provided to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
The shirts are available at the lodge, the Credit Union and your trustees.
Please help our community and families!!!!
The city of Kansas City, Missouri has invited its residents to participate in one of three City Budget Planning Meetings that are being held over the next several weeks.
Billed as 'Citizen Work Sessions', various components of the meetings will be used to finalize the five-year business plan.
The KCFOP asks for your help in making sure that Crime Reduction and a properly funded/staffed Police Department are priorities for providing a city that is safe for both Resdents and Business Owners.
Please RSVP for one of the following meetings and let the city know what's important to you.
Saturday, Sept. 19 | 9 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
Gregg/Klice Community Center,1600 John “Buck” O’Neill Way.
Wednesday, Sept. 23 | 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Northland Neighborhoods, Inc., 4420 N.E. Chouteau Trafficway
Tuesday, Oct. 6 | 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Hillcrest Community Center, 10401 Hillcrest Rd.
Space is limited, reservations are encouraged. Please respond to RSVP today to reserve your seat at one of the three Citizen Workshops: OMB@kcmo.org or 816-513-1173.
For information, contact Chris Hernandez, City Communications Director, at 816-513-3474 email@example.com.
Brothers and Sisters,
By now, most of you know that one of our own passed away yesterday. I have struggled with addressing this issue over the last day and a half. I have read a great deal of posts, emails, and texts regarding our brother and the choice he made to end his suffering. Many of you have called and asked what you can do.
For the first time, in a very long time, I am at a loss for words. Chuck was a great guy, with many friends, none of which saw this coming. During my career we have had a number of brothers and sisters choose the same option. To date, I have never heard anyone say they knew it was going to happen.
Our culture MUST change. We have to give our family permission to need help. Early in my career I had my own critical incidents, and "old timers" gave me the lines to give to department psychologists to get cleared and back to duty as soon as possible. Each subsequent event I have used the same tactics and was each time I cleared very quickly. To be honest, more quickly than I should have ever been. I have passed those techniques on to other brothers and sisters and "helped" them back to duty just as quickly. Over the last couple of years I have come to realize that those "old timers" didn't help me, they just provided me the same tools they were taught.
Only in rare circumstances will we ever see one of our own in crises. We have learned to cover it up, and pretend that everything is fine, we must learn to ask for help. From my own personal experiences we are rarely fine. Our culture must change.
Last week I attended the National FOP Conference. While there I attended three workshops:
Critical Incidents - Stress Management
Preventing Police Suicide
I had hoped to bring back contacts and new skill sets. I did not think that days later we would be addressing this as a family. Words alone cannot achieve what took generations to build. We have to work together, and allow each other time to heal. There is no quick fix to what we deal with, but there is a process. Our department, and your family, lost one of our own yesterday. We cannot ever forget him, or his loss. What we can do is stand up and say no more. We can be better, we have to be.
Today I met with some of our department leaders, and I know that everyone involved has made a decision to address our own family. If you find yourself in a position of need please get help. If you don't have anyone else to call, my number is 816-806-8634.
We must pay attention to those in need. Suicide is not an option anymore. We have to find a way to save our own. We spend our lives protecting those who cannot protect themselves. It's time we do the same for our own family. Our culture will change.
Rest in Peace Brother.
KCFOP Lodge #99 is happy to announce the availability of its new mobile app for your phone, available on the Apple App Store and Android Play Store.
This gives you the ability to quickly read any new items posted on the public area of the website.
Also, if you're a registered member you can save your username and password within the app so you don't have to constantly re-enter it in the website. You will also be able to access member-exclusive features from within the app, such as the member directory.
Setup is easy, once you've registered through the website, download the new App, enter your username and password, and most of the features will be available at the touch of your screen!!
Navigate to the Apple App Store or Googe Play Store and search for KCFOP!(The below article was referenced from the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial Fund's BlogSpot page.)
It was a perfect baseball day for the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. With the temperature topping out at 93 degrees under a bright sun, the Royals took an early 4-0 lead against the Houston Astros in the first inning during their annual ‘Law Enforcement Day at the K’ on Sunday, July 26.More than 500 law enforcement officers, and their friends and family, came out to the ballpark to support this special event, as the Royals won their fifth straight game with the 5-1 final score, remaining at the top of the American League.The Cass County (MO) Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard presented the colors during a pregame ceremony in honor of Missouri and Kansas law enforcement personnel. The event benefited the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.Our special thanks to Ariel Peralta and the Kansas City Royals Group Sales, the Missouri Chiefs of Police Association and the Kansas City Fraternal Order of Police. Check out www.lawmemorial.org/sports for the latest law enforcement appreciation sporting events to honor law enforcement.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Wednesday afternoon Kansas City officials will vote to approve plans for a new 800-room convention hotel in downtown Kansas City. But a few hours after that, a college professor who believes this project will fail will speak out about it at the Kansas City library.
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President Lemon was recently interviewed by KSHB 41 regarding the Police Department Budget and its effect on the number of officers employed. Police Board President Alvin Brooks also provided a statement.
Click here to see FOP Lodge #99's President Brad Lemon answer some questions regarding this issue.