FOP Response To Scathing Letter
Press release from Fraternal Order of Police:
"It has come to the attention of the Executive Board of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 1 that a letter was sent to the local media regarding a number of issues at the Asheville Police Department. The Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 1 has not approved or released any information in regards to any topics at the Asheville Police Department. The Lodge President, Rondell Lance, was contacted by local media while attending the National Fraternal Order of Police Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio and was asked to comment on the subject.
While the lodge does not disagree there are some topics that need to be discussed with the Command Staff of the department, the lodge handles issues like this in a much more professional manner. Part of the report on WWNCs website states A second source says the letter was discussed in three FOP meetings, read aloud in Lances presence and members of the order approved it unanimously. This statement is 100% false. The membership of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 1 has not heard and approved any such letter. The executive board and the majority of the members did not agree or have any hand in sending out the letter to media or anyone else. The lodge works in a professional setting and anything we endorse to be sent out will be on official FOP letter head with signatures from the president. We do not work secretly and are very proud of any and all efforts we take to address issues and problems facing law enforcement. The meetings referred to in the news reports were not official FOP meetings but, were a group of current and past Asheville Police Officers addressing concerns within the department. Some that attended this group meeting were not FOP members.
The Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 1 has approximately 300 members consisting of local, state and federal law enforcement officers and address a wide range of issues. We look forward to working with City Manager, Gary Jackson, Chief Anderson, and the employees of the Asheville Police Department in addressing concerns. The officers need support and understanding as we work through this process with the clear paths that are open to us. We are confident that the efforts will be successful with a better work environment for the men and women of the department and the citizens of Asheville."