Fraternal Order of Police San Francisco Bay Area Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #17 Post Office Box 2221 - Oakland, California 94621-0121 Phone: 510-483-8858
July 12, 2018 CAFOP Lodge 17 Brothers and Sisters, Brothers and Sisters of Lodge 17, With the weather getting better and better, I hope you all have had a great start to your summer. This time of year, before summer, is for memorials and reflecting. From the State and National ace Officer memorial observances to Memorial Day, this is the time to remember and give thanks to those who have given their last full measure so we could enjoy a free and safe country and community. As of the writing of this report 65 Law Enforcement Officers have died in the line of duty nationwide and 3 in the state of California. Please keep their families in your thoughts. I would like to thank Secretary Wozniak for attending this year’s California Peace Officer memorial in Sacramento and representing Lodge 17. I look forward to hearing about the service at our July meeting in Novato.
This year, the California FOP state conference will be held in Anaheim, CA in September. Secretary Wozniak and I will be attending as delegates and Vice President Lynn Harmston will be joining us on the trip down. I will take this opportunity to get an update on legislative initiatives that the CAFOP is tracking. I am particularly interested in legislation that has been introduced that will erode the Peace Officer’s Procedural Bill of Rights (PORB). Other legislation in the works seeks to undo some of the damage done by Prop 47 the so called “Safe Neighborhoods and Schools act.” This is a law that has been disastrous for the citizens of the state and has made Neighborhoods and Schools anything but safe. At our July general membership meeting I will be asking for input from members on what issues they would like more information on while Secretary Wozniak and I are at the State conference. For members who are not able to attend but have issues or questions, feel free to send an email to either Secretary Wozniak or myself. As always Secretary Wozniak and I will be selling challenge coins at the Conference to bring in some extra revenue for the Lodge.
I have been pleased to see new members join our Lodge over the past few months. It is good to see active Peace Officers from various agencies in the Bay Area taking advantage of the benefits afforded membership in the FOP. With greater numbers we have a greater influence at the state level. I would encourage active members to speak to their coworkers who will soon be retiring. The FOP offers valuable legal insurance for retired members who carry concealed weapons (HR-218 LEOSA). This insurance is automatically included in the FOP Legal Defense Plan for active members. Please join us at our quarterly meeting July 12, 2018 at Mary’s Pizza Shack 121 San Marin Dr. Novato, Ca. Lunch at 11:30 and meeting at 12:00. This is your Lodge. Come and participate and enjoy the camaraderie and some pasta.
“Oro en Paz, Fierro en Guerra” – Gold in Peace, Iron in War. Clayton A. Harmston – President, CAFOP Lodge #17
July 12 2018 It has been a learning curve for sure as the Secretary of the SFBAFOP17. I have added many new members and aa hearty welcome to each and every one of you who have chosen to join the ranks of the Fraternal Order of Police.
We have many new agencies represented and President Harmston and myself plan on attending the CAFOP State Conference in September 2018 to represent everyone in the SFBAFOP17.
By the time you get this I will have undergone my second total hip replacement. I hope to make the July 12th meeting however depending on rehab and recovery my plan is to be in working order for the CAFOP Anaheim meeting.
I am also the Trustee representing the SFBAFOP17 at the CAFOP level. I have attended the past five National Conferences and most if not all of the CAFOP Conferences within California with past Secretary and Trustee Souza and President Clayton Harmston and Vice-President Lynn Harmston. Anaheim will be a "Breeze".
Please feel free to contact me anytime at home at 510-483-8858 and I’ll answer any questions that I can. If I don’t know the answer I’ll certainly try to find the answer.
Please keep checking the National website at www.FOP.net and the State website at www.CAFOP.org for constantly updated information. The National FOP has a Facebook page with daily updates. If you are a Facebook member I suggest that you both “like” and follow and visit both pages regularly.
https://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaFOP https://www.facebook.com/NationalFraternalOrderofPolice I hope that everyone has a wonderful Summer 2018. Woz…