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Shelby County Metro FOP Lodge #35 News

Breaking News! Updated February, 14, 2017:




December 17, 2016 - The Lodge 35 Christmas Party was a blast!



December 10, 2016 - Cops-N-Kids helps the Familes of Fallen Officers!
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Dream Factory
November 14, 2016 - Lodge 35 makes HUGE dreams come true with the Dream Factory! Click here for the story!


2016 Tennessee State Conference - Chattanooga TN recap!

***Membership Dues Increase Proposal***
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The Lodge 35 Auxiliary is now ACTIVE!!
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The Lodge 35 Challenge Coin is NOW AVAILABLE!
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December 12, 2015 - Cops-N-Kids helps over 30 families!
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Lodge 35 FOP Auxiliary informational meeting - November 9, 2015 - 6:30 PM
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September 28, 2015 - The Annual FOP Golf Tournament was a huge success!
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2014 Cops-N-Kids
December 13, 2014 - FOP Lodge 35 Cops-N-Kids Shopping Event helps 36 Kids!
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December 8, 2014 - The 2014 Lodge 35 Executive Board Election results are in! Click here for more info!

Life Members
November 10, 2014 - Lodge 35 presents 2 Lifetime Membership Cards! Click here for the story!


Dream Factory
November 10, 2014 - Lodge 35 makes dreams come true with the Dream Factory! Click here for the story!


September 8, 2014 - At the September 2014 meeting, a member made a motion to move the General Membership Meetings back to Colettas. A vote was taken, and a large majority of members present voted to move the General Membership Meetings back to Colettas Restaurant, 2850 Appling Rd, beginning in October. We would like to thank Fresh Slices for their hospitality and support over the last few months! Click here for more info.

2014 Scholarship
August 11, 2014 - The Dave Smith / Glenn Snyder Memorial Scholarship Program recipients of 2014


August 10, 2014 - It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of long time Lodge 35 Member and former Lodge Secretary, Don Hollie. Don was laid to rest on Tuesday, August 12, at Forest Hill Funeral Home East located at 2440 Whitten Rd. Please keep the Hollie family in your prayers during this time.


State Conference
June 25-28, 2014 - The 30th Biennial State of Tennessee Conference was held in Memphis! Click here for more info!



March 13, 2014 - It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of Lodge 35 Past President & long-time FOP Member, Ray Douglas. Please take time to remember the Douglas family during this time.


January 13, 2013 - Lodge 35 installed Shayne Tarena as Lodge 35 Secretary and also installed 2 new Trustees; Dave Martello and Harry Brown. Congratulations to them all!



December 14, 2013 - FOP Cops-N-Kids is Featured in The Bartlett Express Newspaper!
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2013 Cops-N-Kids
December 14, 2013 - FOP Lodge 35 Cops-N-Kids Shopping Event helped 37 Kids!
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Dream Factory
November 11, 2013 - Lodge 35 Makes Dreams Come True with The Dream Factory of Memphis!
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2013 Golf Tournament
September 16, 2013 - Annual FOP Golf Tournament
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61st National FOP Conference
August 11-15, 2013 - The 61st National Biennial Conference and Expo in Cincinnati was a huge success!
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Scholarships 2013
Lodge 35 issues 15 Dave Smith Memorial Scholarships!
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Memphis City Council Passes 2014 Budget!
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Education Grants
Lodge 35 issues Education Grants for 2013!
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FOP Christmas Party 2012
2012 Lodge 35 Christmas Party!
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FOP Cops and Kids 2012
FOP COPS and Kids 2012 was a great hit!
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FOP Lodge 35 in the news
Lodge #35 in the News with FOP Cops and Kids!
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Lodge 35 Executive Board and Conference Delegate Elections Were Held on November 12, 2012
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Protection Plan
The TN FOP Protection Plan is now available!
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Fulfilling a Dream
September 29, 2012 - FOP Lodge 35 Fulfilled a Dream through The Dream Factory
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2012 Tennessee State Conference!
May 31, 2012 through June 3, 2012
29th Biennial State of Tennessee F.O.P. Conference
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ROCIC
R.O.C.I.C. training events are now available. Visit the R.O.C.I.C. page for more information!


2011 Awards
February 13, 2012 - Lodge 35 is again recognized for its great community efforts! Click here for details!


Make-A-Wish 2011
December 13, 2011 - Lodge 35 makes a great donation to Make-A-Wish! Click here for details!


2011 Christmas Party
December 10, 2011 - Lodge #35's Annual Christmas Party Pics are finally here!
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2011 Cops-N-Kids
December 3, 2011 - Annual "FOP Cops and Kids©" Shopping Event
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Associate Member License Plates
FOP Associate Member Plate are here! Click here for more information!


Sponsorship
October 10, 2011 - Lodge #35 Sponsors 3 Great Groups!
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2011 FOP Golf Tournament
September 19, 2011 - 12th Annual FOP Golf Tournament
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FOPConnect
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2011 National Conference!
August 14-18, 2011 - 60th National F.O.P. Conference and Expo
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Important tax information for 2011
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Lodge #35's 2010 Executive Board and Delegate Election Results!
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Toy Delivery!
Lodge #35's Cops For Kids Toy Delivery 2010!
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Cops-N-Kids!
Lodge #35's "FOP Cops and Kids©" 2010 Was Great!
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2010 FOP Golf
September 24, 2010 - The 11th Annual FOP Golf Tournament was a Huge Success! Click here for photos and details!


Make-A-Wish 2010
August 16, 2010 - Lodge 35 makes another donation to Make-A-Wish to grant another childs wish! Click here for details!


June 12, 2010. The Tennessee State Biennial FOP Conference in Pigeon Forge, TN was a Huge Success!
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Lodge #35 helps host the 2010 National Presidents Meeting
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Donations!
October 19, 2009 - Lodge #35 Makes another Huge Donation to Education!
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2009 Golf Tournament!
October 2, 2009 - 10th Annual Golf FOP Tournament was a HUGE Success!
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June 8, 2009 - FOP and eBay Strike Deal on Sale of FOP items!
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2009 Buzz The Red, White and Blue!
June 7, 2009 - Dream Factory's "Buzz The Red, White and Blue" Picnic!
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May 6, 2009 - Tennessee FOP Day On The Hill
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April 8, 2009 - Former Teamster Representative Calvin Hullett Sentenced in Conspiracy Case
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Toy Delivery
December 16, 2008 - LeBonheur Gets A Huge Toy Donation From Lodge #35!
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2008 FOP Cops and Kids© !
December 6th, 2008 - 2008 "FOP Cops and Kids©" was a HUGE Success!
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2009 - FOP and eBay Strike Deal on Sale of FOP items

Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, announced today that eBay, Inc. has finally agreed to prohibit the sale of certain items bearing the FOP insignia.

"Obviously, I am very pleased that we were able to work with eBay officials to change company policy with respect to the sale of the FOP's items," Canterbury said. "Once they understood and recognized the dangers officers might face if they were deceived by an FOP badge or member identifier, they acted swiftly and in good faith to make the changes we requested."

The FOP adopted a resolution at its 58th National Biennial Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, calling for eBay to halt sales of items bearing the FOP insignia and other police identifiers. In its initial contact with eBay, the FOP pointed out the public safety

risks of allowing non-law enforcement personnel to access such items, but the company allowed the sales to continue. Further dialogue with the online vendor led to a more productive engagement, culminating in an official change of policy which became effective on Friday, 5 June.

"I am very pleased with both the outcome and with eBay's willingness to work directly with us," Canterbury said. "They really came through and demonstrated that they are a reliable and responsible corporate citizen."

The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest law enforcement labor organization in the United States, with more than 327,000 members.


April 8, 2009 - Ex-Metro cop sentenced in conspiracy case

Hullett gets 10 months in prison

By Nicole Young
THE TENNESSEAN

A federal judge sentenced former Metro police officer and union organizer Calvin Hullett to 10 months in prison and a year of probation Monday for his role in an illegal surveillance operation at a camp for underprivileged children.

Hullett, 45, pleaded guilty to conspiracy by embezzling from a labor union and identity theft as part of a plea agreement in January.He was working as a national organizer for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters when he was arrested in Wilson County in connection with a plan to discredit members of the Fraternal Order of Police, a rival union that operated the camp.At the time, the Teamsters and the FOP were battling for the right to represent Metro police officers at the bargaining table.

Prosecutors say Hullett bought surveillance equipment to install hidden cameras at the camp with about $8,000 from Teamsters funds in the summer of 2007.Hullett also faced identity theft charges because he bought cell phones for co-conspirators under the name of another police officer.

On Monday morning, Alan Poindexter, Hullett's attorney, filed a last-minute motion to set aside the guilty plea, but U.S. District Court Judge William Haynes dismissed it. Poindexter argued that one of three hard-drives recovered from the camp had been erased. But, Haynes said the defense had ample time to present any new evidence in the time between the plea hearing and sentencing, and he questioned the timing and motive of the motion.

Hullett: 'I was stupid'

In the end, Hullett was given 45 days to report to federal authorities. Haynes ruled the extra time was warranted after hearing testimony from a tearful Hullett detailing the impact the case has had on his family. "I was stupid," he told the judge. "I've been destroyed. I have no idea what jail is like, but I feel like I've already been there for the past two years." As Haynes handed down the sentence, Hullett wept."Unless you sit in those shoes, you have no idea what this feels like," Poindexter said of Hullett. "We all make decisions we regret. Mr. Hullett made a very poor decision."

U.S. Attorney Ed Yarbrough said: "The judge took great pains to treat him fairly," Yarbrough said. "It's always difficult when a police officer … gets in trouble. The community expects that officer to be held to the same standard, or even a higher standard, as anyone else."


January 6, 2009 - Subject: FOP reaction to Hullett Plea agreement
From the Nashville F.O.P. -- Andrew Jackson Lodge 5
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nashville, TN

Former Teamster Representative Calvin Hullett plead guilty today in United States Federal Court to charges of Conspiracy and Identity Theft.

The charges stem from a June 2007 break in to the Andrew Jackson FOP youth Camp in Wilson County. Hullett, a former Metro Police Lieutenant, broke into the camp to install secret surveillance equipment. Investigations by the Nashville Police Department and DCS revealed no wrong doing by FOP members running the camp.

“The FOP is glad that Mr. Hullett has taken responsibility for his criminal actions that were intended sully the name of the FOP Youth Camp,” said Robert Weaver, President of the Andrew Jackson Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police. “The men and women of this organization have worked many years to benefit the community through our work and the charities we support, specifically the Youth Camp. We look forward to moving forward and continue to build relationships of trust with the community we serve.”

Sentencing for Mr. Hullett will take place later this year.

The Fraternal Order of Police is the world's largest organization of sworn law enforcement personnel, with more than 318,000 members in more than 2,100 lodges.


2008 FOP Golf Tournament
September 26, 2008 - FOP Lodge #35 Annual Golf Tournament was a Huge Success!
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Lodge #35 T-Shirts!
The New 2008 Lodge #35 T-Shirts are Now Available for only $10!
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Arlington Donation
August 27, 2008 - Arlington Elementary receives $1,000 Technology Donation from Lodge #35!
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2008 Tennessee State Biennial Conference
Tennessee State Biennial Conference Update - June 28, 2008
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Washington DC
Washington Watch: Legislative Update For the Week of June 2, 2008



2008 Make A Wish
2008 Make A Wish
June 13, 2008 - Lodge #35 Grants Another Wish through Make-A-Wish!
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Toy Drive 2007
December 27, 2007 - Lodge #35 Makes a Toy Delivery To LeBonheur!
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FOP Cops and Kids©
December 10, 2007 - Lodge #35 Makes Christmas Special for 32 kids!
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Make-A-Wish
September 21, 2007 - Lodge #35 Helps Grant a wish through Make-A-Wish!
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Breaking News! Updated May 12, 2008:

BREAKING NEWS - March 12, 2008! CALVIN HULLET INDICTED ON BRIBERY, MISAPPROPRIATION OF UNION FUNDS AND OTHER CHARGES! Click Here For Full Story!



Updated March 30, 2008:

An Open Letter From Our TN State Lodge President - Brian Moran
March 30, 2008

TENNESSEE FOP POLICE WEEK MEMORIAL CEREMONY 2008

Date: May 12th
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: War Memorial Plaza, Fallen Officers Memorial Wall, Nashville TN

I want to invite all law enforcement and their families and friends to this years Memorial Ceremony. I am pleased to announce that we will not be adding any names to the wall this year. I am sad to announce that while we here in Tennessee have been very fortunate the same cannot be said nation wide; 2008 has been one of the deadliest years for law enforcement in recent history. This ceremony will not only honor those who have paid the ultimate price here in Tennessee, but also across this nation.

I would request that all active officers/deputies that attend PROUDLY wear their uniforms.

Brian Moran, President
Tennessee State Lodge
Fraternal Order of Police



An Open Memo From Our TN State Lodge President - Brian Moran
March 10, 2008

GENERAL MEMO
TO: All TNFOP Members
FROM: Tennessee State Lodge, FOP
SUBJECT: Important issues in the TNFOP, present and future.

This is a general Memo to all TNFOP members. It is intended to inform you of some very important issues that the FOP will be facing in the very near future, and to give some guidance on how to deal with those issues, as well as let you know what the State Lodge is doing to prepare for these issues.

PUBLIC SAFETY EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE COOPERATION ACT, S2123

This act is probably better known to most of you as the Collective Bargaining Bill. In my opinion this is one of the most significant pieces of legislation ever put forth by the FOP, and now for the first time it has a very real chance of passing in the U.S. Congress. In short this bill would finally give public safety (police/fire) a level playing field by requiring that State, City, and County governments negotiate/bargain with recognized organizations on a range of issues to include issues of pay and benefits as well as working conditions. In short it provides for the creation of contracts between employees and their employers. This law is so badly needed to insure that law enforcement officers finally get the opportunity to be represented at the table to negotiate for better pay and to provide for job protections. History has shown that this right to work idea has been a dismal failure in so much as most government leaders say they support law enforcement but continually fall short of showing it. The hard truth is that public safety employees in this state are for the most part embarrassingly under paid and subject to retaliation and scare tactics by administrations for their political views or personality conflicts. All these issues are exactly what would be addressed in a contract negotiation and it would be legally binding. There is more detailed information on the bill at www.fop.net under the heading of Legislative.

It is important that every FOP Lodge start now to prepare for the passage of this law. I would submit that every local lodge leader needs to start thinking about the process of getting your lodge recognized as the primary bargaining unit for your officers so that when this bill passes you are prepared to move forward. It is the primary duty of every lodge leader to step up and represent their members. The good news is you will not be alone; the Grand Lodge of the FOP has several training seminars available to ALL members. These seminars range from leadership seminars to basic and advanced collective bargaining seminars. The Grand Lodge also has training scholarships available to help offset the cost of attending these seminars. Again if you go to www.fop.net and check under education you will find the information needed to apply for these scholarships. I cannot stress enough that you must start to prepare now or you and your lodge will be behind the power curve when this bill becomes law. The fact is that all FOP Lodges will have to start to get involved in important issues related to labor. This is what the members will demand and what lodge leadership had better be prepared to do. I would also say that all lodge members need to hold their elected FOP leaders accountable. The members have the final say on all issues related to the FOP and the members dictate in which direction the FOP Lodge is going to go.

The Tennessee State Lodge has started to research the idea of a State Labor Council, the idea being that local lodges would have the option of contracting with the TNFOP Labor Council to provide personnel to go into a local lodge and negotiate a contract on their behalf. This is already being done in several states such as; Ohio, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. I have started to reach out to these State Lodges to research how their Labor Councils are set up in an effort to lay the ground work for Tennessee to start a Labor Council. In addition to this the Grand Lodge does provide the option for a local lodge to contract with the NFOP Labor Services Division to provide services for contract negotiation. The most important thing is that we all (Local Lodge, State Lodge, Grand Lodge) start now for the eventual passage of this bill into law. By being proactive on this we will be able to better prepare ourselves and our lodges so that we can provide the best representation for our members, they deserve it and they should demand it!

In my opinion this is the future of the FOP. All local FOP lodges will have to start to get involved in representing their members on these issues or they stand a good chance of ceasing to exist. The fact is this bill stands a good chance at becoming law and you as FOP members need to start to prepare your lodge now. The State Lodge and Grand Lodge is here to help and provide any guidance we can., do not hesitate to ask.

STATE LODGE ENDORSED INSURANCE OPTIONS

This to inform the members that the TNFOP State Lodge has given our endorsement to two insurance agencies that you will be hearing from in the future, these agencies will be contacting you by mail and they are legitimate. This is to simply provide our members with a choice. If one of these agencies can provide a good plan at a lower rate then so much the better, if not then simply discard the information. The first agency is American Public Life. They will be sending out information on a life insurance plan and options available to law enforcement only. The second is Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. They will be sending out information on home and auto insurance rates and discounts available to TNFOP members. Again this is to provide you with an option. If either of these companies can provide you with a good plan for a lower cost then great, if not then disregard the information.

This has been sent to keep you informed, and I would ask that you pass this on to every member that you know. Communication is the key to success in every organization.

God bless,
Brian Moran, President
Tennessee State Lodge
Fraternal Order of Police
www.tnstatefop.com



Breaking News! Updated January 17, 2008:

THREE INDICTED FOR FOP CAMP BREAK-IN

Wilson County, TN- Tonight the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested three suspects involved in last summers Fraternal Order of Police Youth Camp break-in after a Wilson County Grand Jury returned a myriad of indictments against a former police officer and two co-defendants.

Calvin Hullet, 44, of Lascassas, TN is facing nine charges: Aggravated Burglary, Vandalism over $1000, two counts of Theft of Services, Criminal Conspiracy, three counts of Criminal Responsibility for Conduct of Another, and Resisting Arrest. The Grand Jury reinstated the Aggravated Burglary charge after a judge previously reduced the initial charge to Criminal Trespass in November. An additional charge of Criminal Trespassing against Hullet was bound over from General Sessions Court.

David Dickerson, 39, of Grand Saline, TX has been charged with Aggravated Burglary, Vandalism over $1000, two counts of Theft of Services, Criminal Conspiracy, three counts of Criminal Responsibility for Conduct of Another, and Criminal Trespassing.

Amber Renee Kitchen, 28, Nashville was indicted for Criminal Conspiracy, three counts of Criminal Responsibility for Conduct of Another and Criminal Trespassing. All three have been booked into the Wilson County Jail. Their bonds are set at $5000 each.

A fourth individual involved in the break-in, Joe Everson, a former Shelby County Sheriffs Detective, entered a guilty plea to False and Fictitious Statements to Law Enforcement Agents in Federal Court in September of 2007.

The four are accused of breaking into the Fraternal Order of Police Youth Camp in July of 2007 and installing video cameras.





An Open Letter From Our TN State Lodge President - Brian Moran
September 10, 2007

Fellow FOP Members,

As most of you are aware the FOP has been in a long battle to drive the teamsters for representing law enforcement officers in this state and across this country. I want to inform all of you that yesterday, Sept 7th, the FOP was successful in organizing and winning an election that De-certifies the teamsters as the representative of Nashville Metro Officers. This process started about a year ago with a full court press starting about 5 months ago. The fact that we were successful in Nashville is do to the willingness of the Local, State, and National FOP to commit to the cause and work together as never before in Tennessee.

I want to personally commend the leadership of Lodge 5, the National FOP Labor Services (staff included), National FOP leadership, and all the FOP members from across the state and country who showed up to assist on the day of the vote. This was a collective effort and because of that the FOP won the day.

I would submit to all our members that the work in Nashville is not over, but just beginning. All branches of the FOP must continue to work together for our members benefit so as not to have corrupt organizations (such as the teamsters) with a history of criminal activity involved in anyway in law enforcement, except maybe on the receiving end of an arrest warrant or inditement.

Fraternally
Brian Moran, President
Tennessee State Lodge
Fraternal order of Police.




FOP moves to take Metro Nashville Police back from Teamsters

From The Associated Press, July 31, 2007

NASHVILLE, TN - The national president of the Fraternal Order of Police was in town Tuesday to deliver a petition from 700 officers requesting the Teamsters be "decertified" as representatives of the local police.

The fight between the two unions has become very public since a Teamsters organizer was arrested earlier this month and charged with trying to spy on the FOP.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation charged Calvin Hullett with aggravated burglary after agents said he placed hidden cameras at a youth camp run by the FOP. Agents believe the former Nashville police lieutenant was hoping to catch officers who volunteer as camp counselors either drinking alcohol or otherwise acting inappropriately around the children, his lawyer has said.

FOP leaders made much of the incident at a press conference Tuesday. "We're police officers," said local lodge president Danny Hale. "We investigate. Maybe next time they do something like that they don't want to do it to police officers because they might get caught."

Hale acknowledged that the arrest helped the FOP collect signatures. They collected 713 signatures in six weeks, well above the 590 they needed to hold a de-certification vote.

But he insisted there were other reasons some officers hoped to drop the Teamsters as their union, only a year after the group won the job from the FOP. "They promised a pension. That is not here. They promised collective bargaining. That is not here," Hale said.

He acknowledged that the FOP, which began representing Nashville officers in 1977, may have "rested on our laurels" at times and national FOP president Chuck Canterbury said the takeover of representation by the Teamsters last year was a wake up call.

Canterbury said the FOP is a unique union because its representatives are all officers. It also serves as a sort of mutual aid society, supporting members with legal defense, life insurance, death benefits and memorials. A number of Nashville officers maintain both FOP and Teamster membership, he said.

A similar battle between the two unions is taking place outside of Memphis, where the Shelby County Deputy Sheriff's Association recently affiliated with the Teamsters. In both Shelby County and Nashville, officers have been relieved of duty recently after the TBI interviewed them about the youth camp incident.

Teamsters officials did not answer the telephone at their local headquarters.



WKRN Nashville News story on Teamsters in Nashville
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2007

"Convicted Felon Works For Teamsters' Local Chapter"

Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas said he had no idea a convicted felon is one of the union representatives for many of his officers. He said, "I don't know his name. I've never met him."

Joe Bennett is the man at the center of the latest controversy involving the Teamsters. Bennett was booked into jail over a decade ago and now works to represent Metro's men and women in blue. News 2 obtained documents showing details of Bennett's arrest in Hickman County. In 1989, he was convicted of conspiracy to take human life and so licitation to commit murder for hiring a hit man. He served time in prison. Chief Serpas said, "The Teamsters were elected by the officers over a year ago to be their reps in relationships with the government." When the Teamsters were elected, many police officers didn't know the Teamsters local chapter employs a convicted felon. "Not only is it morally wrong to be involved in an organization who employ convicted felons, it's also against our policy to associate with convicted felons," said one Metro officer who is a member of the Teamsters. Chief Serpas said he's never heard of Bennett, but stands by his policy that his officers should not associate with convicted felons.

News 2: "If there are convicted felons that deal with Metro Police, are you concerned because it is policy to not do business with convicted felons?

Serpas: "Yeah, that's the first I'm hearing that. I'm never met with him... so h e 's not presented himself to me as a representative of the police officers."

Bennett is the teamsters local 327 secretary-treasurer.

"To know a man who conspired to commit murder have access to my financial information bothers me. He might use that money for personal gain," said the Metro officer.

News 2: "Police doesn't do business with convicted felons?"

Serpas: "I believe that to be true."

Bennett and the Teamsters were not available for comment.



Statement of FOP National President Chuck Canterbury on the Arrest of Teamster Operative in Tennessee:

"I am greatly disturbed and angered by the news that an organizing operative for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, former police Lieutenant Calvin Hullett, successfully infiltrated and placed high tech surveillance equipment at the Youth Camp operated by Andrew Jackson Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5 in Tennessee . He recorded more than eighty (80) hours of material from spying gear installed in and around one of the childrens cabins.

Fortunately, Hullett was apprehended and charged with burglary while trying to move some of this equipment, which is assumed to have been placed there in an effort to gather information to be used against the FOP in its efforts to be reinstated as the bargaining unit for the officers of the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department. It is my understanding that more charges may be pending and that investigators are reviewing the footage he recorded. It is my hope and the intention of the FOP to ensure that his actions and the eighty (80) hours he recorded with his spy gear is not used in any way to harm or otherwise endanger the children that attended the camp.

The purpose of the camp was to build relationships between youth and law enforcement officers and to instill in these kids a sense of trust and confidence in the men and women of law enforcement. Hullett has sullied that effort. Today, these kids find out what lengths a spiteful cop, who was once charged with enforcing the law, will go to in order to get something on the FOP in order to use it for political purposes. This reprehensible behavior for any person. But for a former officer, it is completely repugnant to me, to the members of the Fraternal Order of Police and, I hope, to his former colleagues on the force, even though Hullett is a Teamsters employee and these officers are currently represented by the Teamsters. Union solidarity cannot, must not extend to excusing or concealing criminal activity.

If any member of the FOP were ever found to be engaging in such despicable activity, I would move to revoke their membership and would urge any FOP members with knowledge of such activity to come forward and share it with police. I do not want anyone who would consider taking such actions to be a part of our organization, much less be engaged in recruitment or organizing efforts on our behalf.

Whatever Hulletts motivation, one thing is clear. His actions recklessly endangered the fifty (50) year tradition of the FOP Youth Camp. It is my hope that the victims of these crimes will see justice prevail in this case."




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