IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND MEMBERS - 12/11/2014
Necessary Increase in LDF Dues
December 10, 2014
All Legal Defense Fund Members
RE: Necessary Increase in LDF Dues
Dear LDF Member:
Due to increased usage of LDF benefits and an unusual number of matters requiring increased attorney attention, it has become necessary for the Legal Defense Fund Trustees to raise membership dues. The current dues structure has remained in effect for ten years and is no longer sufficient to maintain the level of legal services required.
The Legal Defense Fund balances are becoming dangerously low as a result of the defense of numerous members. Although our Legal Defense Fund membership continues to grow, the current dues structure is not sufficient to maintain legal services based on the volume we have seen in 2014.
The dues increase will take place in two (2) phases. Effective March 1, 2015, Legal Defense Fund individual membership will increase from $100 per year to $120 per year. There will be a second increase in 2016 making the dues for that year $144.00. This is necessary to offset the increased costs of providing quality legal defense to police officers throughout the State of Indiana.
Your Indiana Legal Defense Fund membership continues to be as important to you and your family as your body armor. Don’t leave home without it! We will continue to strive to provide expert law enforcement representation at the lowest possible cost. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please feel free to discuss them with any of your FOP Trustees.
Very truly yours,
RUCKELSHAUS, KAUTZMAN, BLACKWELL,
BEMIS & HASBROOK
Leo T. Blackwel
General Counsel, Indiana Fraternal Order of Police
Legal Defense Fund
Darren Wilson Trust Fund - 12/05/2014
For anyone who wishes to donate to the Darren Wilson Trust Fund please do by sending to:
FOP Lodge 15
9620 Lackland Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63114
Officer Wellness Research - 11/25/2014
My name is Bruce Biggs. I retired from the Lafayette Police Department in 2012, at the rank of Captain, after 23 years of service. I continue to be an active member of our fraternity via Lafayette Arman Lodge #49. I’m completing a doctoral degree at Purdue University in organizational leadership with a focus in law enforcement leadership and administration. I’m working on my dissertation research which examines organizational causes of officer job stress and job satisfaction. I need your help in contacting my brother and sister officers to seek their participation in my study. I have attached a brief word document that better explains my project. I would be very gratefully for any assistance you can provide, which is critical to my effort. I would Thank you much for your time and leadership.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Contact the State Lodge for his # if you want to call him. 800-793-6746.
Commemorative Bricks and Paver Sales - Indiana State Lodge - Make Checks Payable to the Indiana State Lodge - 07/16/2014
The green space that we are planning will be an opportunity for members across Indiana to purchase a brick or granite paver to recognize all of our members who have played a part in making the FOP what it is. The green space will have the outline of Indiana in it and will be surrounded by trees, bushes and flowering plants. You will be proud to be part of this space. Just one of the ideas I have heard, is purchasing an area to recognize all the family members who were in the FOP. My brother David and I have talked about getting a granite piece to honor our father for his many years of service. The starting cost for a 4x8 red brick will be one hundred dollars and one hundred and twenty five dollars for a granite piece the same size.
This June, at the State Conference, the commemorative pavers will go on sale for all members. Members interested in purchasing a paver recognizing their local lodge will be able to call the state office after June 1st. Every effort will be made to place the bricks in an area of your choosing, but it will be on a first come first serve basis. With over 15,000 active and retired members and 108 lodges, space could be limited as to where your brick will be placed.
We, on the board, are hoping this fundraiser will not only make the green space something we can all be proud of, but also serve as a tribute to R Pat Stark, Addie Maddox, Chris Anton and all the others who made Indiana a great FOP State. commemorativebrickgranitepurchase.pdf
2014 F.O.P. Base Pay and Pension Information - 06/04/2014
IMPD Officer Pablo Navarrete in need of help - 05/27/2014
Pablo Navarrete (a NW District IMPD Officer) lost almost everything in an apartment fire at Fox Club Apartments yesterday when it was struck by lightning. I am asking that you share this link with any contacts you may have so that he can get some relief. All information and pictures are on the page. Thank you so much.
Tax Status Information on the Legal Defense Fund - 03/05/2014
“Membership fees paid to the Legal Defense Fund are not tax deductible.”
School of Public and Environmental Affairs - Indianapolis World Police & Fire Games Scholarship - Deadline April 1st - 02/28/2014
This Scholarship is for retired or full-time police officers and firefighters pursuing undergraduate or graduate work at IUPUI.
Destination: Retirement www.inprs.in.gov - 02/27/2014
Detination Retirement: for Police Officers, Firefighters, Judges, Excise, Gaming & Conservation Officers & Prosecuting Attorneys
Informational letter regarding - Reemploymet in a PERF-covered position after retirement from the 1977 Fund. - 01/29/2014
77 Fund and PERF Second Retirement 01 28 14.pdf
Indiana Police & Firefighter Memorial - 10/04/2013
The Indiana Department of Corrections and numerous facilities gave donations to replace all lighting at Memorial. Thank you:
Wabash Valley Correctional Facility
New Castle Correctional Facility/GEO Group
Madison Juvenile Correctional Facility
Reception Diagnostic Center
Miami Correctional Facility
Henryville Correctional Facility
Plainfield Correctional Facility
Rockville Correctional Facility
Chain O’Lakes Correctional Facility
Pendleton Correctional Facility
Madison Correctional Facility
2013 Legislative Summary - 07/19/2013
2013 Legislative Summary
A number of INPRS-related legislative changes were approved by the 2013 Indiana General Assembly. Click http://www.in.gov/inprs/2691.htm for a brief summary of the legislation. You may e-mail inquiries to email@example.com or call PERF at (888) 526-1687 or TRF at (888) 286-3544 for more information.
Outdoor Festivals and Fairs - Temporary Stages - How to comply with the Indiana's Building and Fire Safety Laws - 04/27/2012
Good morning - As you may know, the State Fire Marshal’s Office inspects all temporary outdoor stages and outdoor stage equipment. In an effort to find all of the locations where these stages and stage equipment may be used anywhere in the state, Marshal Greeson is asking our public and private partners to help spread the word that anyone who’s using outdoor stages or outdoor stage equipment needs to notify the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Marshal Greeson would very much appreciate your help in distributing the 2 attached information sheets to as many members of the law enforcement community as possible so that he and his staff can continue these vital public safety inspections.
Thank you for your help.
State Fair - Publication Text (Temporary Stages - Final)
Outdoor Stage Equipment
Senate Enrolled Act No. 1 - Memo From President Tim Downs - 03/30/2012
President Tim Downs letter to Governor Daniels regarding Senate Bill 0001 - 03/13/2012
FINAL HOUSE & SENATE VOTE ON SB1 - 03/10/2012
This is the final vote count on SB1 for your records, as you can see despite all our efforts they unfortunately passed it. I want to thank all those that work so hard with us in our attempt to defeat it, a special thanks to Leo for all the long hours and huge effort he put in. Please remember these individuals when you go to the poles.
Senate Bill #1 Passed - 03/09/2012
Senate Bill #1 passed late last night over our continuous objection. Despite our best efforts the Conference Committee, after forced changing of Conferees over the issue, agreed and the report was approved by the majority on the House and Senate. This occurred literally in the 11th hour of what proved to be the last day (night) of this session.
The FOP has not given up the fight on this issue and encourages all members to use extreme caution when called upon to make an entry and to document all such incidents, especially those leading to altercation as a result of the new law.
We will be issuing a complete legislative report very soon.
Leo T. Blackwell
Ruckelshaus, Kautzman, Blackwell,
Bemis & Hasbrook
107 N. Pennsylvania St, Suite 900
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204