(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.
The Overland Park FOP (Lodge #21) will be hosting a shooting tournament at Mill Creek Rifle Club on August 15th, 2015 at 8AM. All proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics.
Prizes have been generously donated by their sponsors to include firearms and products. Some will be given away to people who place well within their division and category and others will be given via raffle.
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.
Sunday, July 26th is 2015's
Law Enforcement Day at the K.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund would like to pay tribute to all Law Enforcement officers as we salute those that help us in our everyday lives. All Local, State, and Federal agencies in law enforcement, Corrections Officers, sworn and non-sworn employees, friends, family and supporters from the surrounding areas are welcome to be part of the celebration on Sunday, July 26, 2015, as the Royals take on the Houston Astros.
$5 from every ticket purchased through this link includes a donation to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
For information or to purchase 20 or more tickets, contact Ariel Peralta at 816-504-4166 or email email@example.com
Attached is a .PDF with more information.
We're Proud to Present:
The Annual K.C. FOP Lodge #99
to benefit the KC Police Officer's Memorial Fund
October 12, 2015
The Deuce at the National
7:00 AM Registration
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President Lemon, along with other members of the KCFOP, Lodge #99 attended the funeral for slain Detective Kerrie Orozco.
Below are President Lemon's thoughts after being a part of this moving tribute to a slain Police Officer. Following President Lemon's remarks are videos recorded in the procession preceeding the funeral, provided by Brother Hockemeier.
It's taken me 24 hours for the events of yesterday to sink in. I don't know if I will ever fully come to grips with what we experienced yesterday, at the ceremony, or subsequent procession of Detective Kerrie Orozco. Not because I haven't attended any funerals for one of our own. Unfortunately, I have attended too many.
Our profession has funerals down pat. We know how to bury our own with great Pomp and Circumstance, and yesterday's ceremony was a reminder of how much practice we have had. Seeing brothers and sisters from all over the country paying respects to a lost one is heartwarming. The haunting sounds of the bag pipes and the encouraging words spoken at her service. The combined efforts of the city, Omaha Police and Fire Departments were perfectly arranged. We have come to expect grand ceremonies for our heroes, both Blue and Red.
What has been difficult to wrap my head around was the community's response. You see, it's been a difficult 9 months. To be honest, it's become increasingly difficult to be a police officer. To those of us that wear the badge we began to believe we were all alone, that the targets on our backs weren't just from suspect's guns. We have always known that at any time we may have to forfeit our life in the attempt to protect the innocent. We swear an oath to our communities and to America. That oath, and our own code of ethics, creates the Thin Blue Line between good and bad. Until yesterday I thought that what we do had been lost in the noise. I felt that the narrative had changed and we no longer mattered. I couldn't have been more wrong.
What I saw yesterday was an amazing tribute. Thousands and thousands of people from all over the greater metropolitan area around Omaha showed up and lined the streets for the entire route. The community showed up and they said Kerrie mattered. Their message of hope and love was received by every single law enforcement officer. There is no way I could ever properly describe what I saw yesterday, in fact, all of us took something different away. A sign, a flag or just a simple gesture that said they cared.
The three greatest acts of kindness and compassion that I witnessed weren't said out loud, and they will never make the paper. Much of the route was conducted in the rain. The people paying their respects could have left and retreated to a dry area, they chose not to. Instead they held their ground and purposely said thank you to everyone in that procession. They came to pay their respects, and to make sure we knew they came. To be completely honest I struggled with tears of my own. Not just for Kerrie's family, both blood and blue, but for my own renewed faith in our country.
As I have said earlier it rained during much of our trip to the cemetery. One young traffic officer was standing at parade rest as we passed and instead of getting wet an elderly lady held her own umbrella over that officer. We all have stood guard on crime scenes, worked accidents and answered calls in the pouring rain. It's part of being an emergency responder, we get wet sometimes. However yesterday, one beautiful woman said not today, not him, not now.
The Patriot Guard came to honor Kerrie and her family. They rode their bikes and had their flags along side of them. They were covered in leather and stood guard along the roadside. Standing at attention, presenting the colors of our amazing country. Each of them were completely soaked, but they refused to move. I cannot stop thinking of how they felt after the last car went by and they had to ride home on those bikes. Leathers completely soaked and chilled to the bone.
Over the last 10 years the national narrative about law enforcement officers has changed. What we witnessed yesterday began to change that. I truly believe that the narrative isn't complete and those that support law enforcement decided to be heard yesterday. We heard them, and I hope that the rest of the country heard them too.
Today we still mourn the loss of another family member. We do so though with the promise that it will get better. An amazing community spoke up yesterday, not just with kind words and gestures, but with actions that I will never forget. Today I feel different, today we matter.Remarks by Brad LemonKCFOP Lodge #99 PresidentThank you Brother Hockemeier for providing these moving videos.
As some of you may be aware, a proposal has been put forward to explore the consolidation of the KCPD Communications Unit within a MARC Regional Communications Dispatch Center.
I wanted to let our members know that Lodge 99 and the CBU have been involved in discussions pertaining to this proposition and that we have voiced our opposition to it.
I strongly encourage you all to join us at our next meeting on May 7th to hear more about where this issue stands.
Thursday, May 7th, 2015 - 7:00PM
KCFOP Lodge #99
527 W. 39th St, Ste 201
Kansas City, MO 64111
Brothers & Sisters,
PO Joe Malena's wife passed away on Saturday after years of fighting cancer. During her battle Joe spent a significant amount of time and money traveling for her treatment. Brother Malena is now left to plan a funeral, care for his 2 young children, and recover from the financial hardship this has caused.
Joe Malena is a very strong and proud man. He has not requested any help from his LE family and in fact initially refused. But, as family does, we have insisted on helping carry Joe through this difficult time.
So, the KCFOP has created the Jackie Malena Memorial account at the KC Police Credit Union. This account will be gifted to Joe Malena and his family to help cover funeral cost, past medical bills and travel expenses, and any future expenses the family may incur.
Donations can be made directly to the credit union by requesting deposit into the Jackie Malena Memorial account or to any FOP E-Board member or Steward.
Family always takes care of each other, please help out with what you can.
KCFOP Lodge #99
The Kansas City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #99 was happy to sponsor KCPD Friends and Families' 2015 Easter Egg Hunt!
Thanks to the Friends and Family for hosting this great event, and to our very own Steve Miller for representing the Lodge!!
The Kansas City, Missouri Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #99
Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #99 Political Action Committee
endorse the following candidates in the:
Kansas City, Missouri City Council Primary
April 7th , 2015
District Candidate 1st Heather Hall 1st - At Large Scott Wagner 2nd Dan Fowler 3rd - At Large Quinton Lucas 4th Jolie Justice 5th Alissia Canady 5th - At Large Dwayne Williams (write-in candidate) 6th Kevin McManus 6th - At Large Scott Taylor
These candidates are those who will do the most to advance the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department, our Lodge, and most importantly, our Members.
It has been reported to me that there are rumors circulating around the Department that the FOP, Lodge 99, will only support a member during a criminal investigation of a duty related incident, but once the member is indicted or charged, the rumor is that the Lodge will no longer pay for the member’s defense. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE.
The Lodge provides legal defense to criminal charges, including a jury or bench trial, for any member that is charged with a crime when the alleged criminal conduct occurs within the scope of the member’s employment. We have Lodge attorneys that handle all of these matters for Lodge members. We also have relationships with other criminal defense experts, who will be brought on board to work with our Lodge attorneys on a particular case.
If a member decides on his or her own to retain his or her own outside attorney who has no relationship with our Lodge, we will support the member’s personal decision, but the member will be financially obligated to pay for that outside attorney.
Again, any rumors or suggestions that our Lodge will not support members who have been charged or indicted for actions within the scope of their employment are simply not true.
I hope that this information puts an end to these baseless rumors. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me
President Brad Lemon
Download: Member legal representation.pdf
Brothers and Sisters,
By now, many of you may have heard about our brother Jake Ramsey. We have issued a press release and it’s our intent to not try this case in a public forum. Lodge 99 has stood behind Jake throughout this process, and will continue supporting him through this trying time. Jake will need all of our support and as such the FOP has opened the Jake Ramsey account at our Credit Union. Please make sure that you take the time to help his family out.
Additionally, there will be calls to address this issue in social media, please refrain from doing so. Officer Ramsey is an amazing officer with a stellar career and he deserves our support. Its okay to support our brother, but please don’t put yourself into a position where your personal thoughts could cause different issues.
Always remember, we take care of our own.
KCFOP, Lodge 99
FOP Lodge 99 Statement RE: OFFICER JACOB RAMSEY
Officer Ramsey justifiably defended himself against a felon previously convicted of resisting arrest, narcotics and illegal possession of a firearm. Officer Ramsey’s actions were in compliance with state and federal law and all Departmental policies.
The FOP and its members stand firmly behind Officer Ramsey, who has a flawless record and is an impeccable police officer. The FOP will devote all of its substantial resources to the defense of Officer Ramsey, and will stand by him throughout this process, which will ultimately lead to his acquittal.
The FOP and Officer Ramsey will not have any further comment on this issue and we ask that the media respect Officer Ramsey’s privacy as he and his family prepare to fight this baseless charge.