The Fraternal Order of Police, a nationwide police organization since 1915, established its Northern Nevada Lodge 8 in Carson City last week.
Its newly elected President, Carson City sheriff's Deputy Bob Motamenpour, described the membership of the new lodge as "diverse," consisting of active and retired members of the Carson City Sheriff's Office, Nevada Highway Patrol, Nevada Department of Public Safety Parole and Probation, Carson City Alternative Sentencing, sworn members of the Carson City Juvenile system, the FBI and law enforcement officers from Lyon, Douglas, Washoe and Storey county sheriff's offices.
Motamenpour said membership is open to all ranks. He said the lodge has 40 members and is expected to grow.
Before the establishment of the FOP in Carson City, officers wanting representation had to either join the Carson City Deputy Sheriff's Association or the Carson City Sheriff's Supervisors Association, depending on their rank.
"After the initial meeting, we will conduct membership drives, host community functions and fundraising to further enhance a more cohesive community and law enforcement involvement," said Motamenpour of the lodge's mission.
Among charitable measures, the Carson City lodge intends to set up college scholarships for students going in the field of criminal justice and adopt families and senior citizens in need.
The Fraternal Order of Police is the world's largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 325,000 members in more than 2,100 lodges.