Washington, DC - Recent media reports regarding an internal AFL-CIO document have been misconstrued as claims or insinuations that the Fraternal Order of Police is excluded or not involved in national discussions on police reform. Nothing could be further from the truth. With a long history of working with leaders on both sides of the aisle, the FOP is fully engaged in this critical effort and is in virtually daily contact with Congressional negotiators, the White House, the Department of Justice, and other major law enforcement groups.
The FOP is the largest law enforcement labor organization in the country, with more than 356,000 members, and we have made clear time and time again our willingness to engage with anyone interested in having fact-based discussions about how to improve policing in our country.
The AFL-CIO, which again, produced an internal document for the use of their own members, would not have any way of knowing the extent to which the FOP is involved in this national discussion because they have not been and are not privy to these conversations.
The FOP will continue to work in a collaborative way with the Administration, Congress, affected Cabinet agencies, and others to craft criminal justice reform legislation which will make this country a safer and fairer place for all its citizens, and for the law enforcement officers sworn to protect them.