Chuck Canterbury

National President

Chuck began serving as President of the National Fraternal Order of Police in January 2003, after the death of President Steve Young. He has been reelected eight times. He had served one term as Vice President and three terms as Second Vice President prior to his accession to the office of the President. He has now served 24 years on the Executive Board of the National FOP.

President Canterbury joined the Fraternal Order of Police in 1984 when he, along with eleven other officers, chartered their Local Lodge. He served as Local Lodge President for 13 years, during which time he was instrumental in starting the Lodge Legal Defense Plan, purchasing the first lodge building, and starting the Lodge insurance program. He worked to improve the wages and benefits of the law enforcement professionals in South Carolina.

He went on to serve as State Lodge President from 1990 to 1998. During his tenure he was instrumental in establishing the State Lodge lobbying program, initiating the political endorsement program and implementing the State Lodge Legal Defense Plan. During his tenure he also Chaired the Southern States FOP Coalition and served as Secretary of the Association.

President Canterbury retired in January 2004 from the Horry County Police Department, Conway, South Carolina, where he had achieved the rank of Major and had oversight of the Operations Bureau. He began his police career in 1978 and over his 26-year career he worked in the Patrol Division, the Criminal Investigations Division and served as the Training Division Supervisor, during which he was certified as an Instructor in basic law enforcement, firearms, chemical weapons, and pursuit driving.

President Canterbury was appointed by President George W Bush to serve on the Medal of Valor Board and also serves on the Homeland Security Council, having been appointed by every Homeland Secretary since 2004. He has also been appointed to the Congressional Badge of Bravery Awards committee. In 2017, He was inducted into the South Carolina Law Enforcement Hall of Fame during the inaugural induction service. In 2019 the Coastal Carolina Shields Association presented President Canterbury with their Lifetime Achievement award.

He also serves as Treasurer of the International Council of Police Representatives Association. This group represents over 1.4 million of our world's law enforcement officers.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Coastal Carolina University. He is married and has four children and six grandchildren.

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