About the Fraternal Order of Police

The Fraternal Order of Police is the world’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 356,000 members in more than 2,100 lodges. We are the voice of those who dedicate their lives to protecting and serving our communities. We are committed to improving the working conditions of law enforcement officers and the safety of those we serve through education, legislation, information, community involvement and employee representation. No one knows the dangers and the difficulties faced by today’s police officers better than another officer, and no one knows police officers better than the FOP.


Lodge 51 is made up of several law enforcement officers within the Cape Girardeau Region. Lodge 51 is made up of 5 executive board members consisting of, President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Sergeant-at-Arms. The remainder of Lodge 51 is made up of general membership. Lodge 51 has raised several thousands dollars for officers that have undergone medical procedures due to various reasons. Money raised has also went back to the community and surrounding communities such as, Perryville Back stoppers, shop with a hero and several schools in the area. Lodge 51 feels the need to have a strong community support and we can proudly say that is exactly what Southeast Missouri offers their law enforcement officers.

Current Executive Board

Johnny Spencer(P), Gabe Yoder (VP), Cary Dunavan(T), Brett Hellmann(S), Jon Brotz(SAA)

Mission Statement:

We, the law enforcement officers of the United States and of the several states and political subdivisions thereof, as representatives and delegates of state and subordinate lodges, do hereby associate the several lodges we represent and the members thereof for the following purposes:

To support and defend the Constitution of the United States; to inculcate loyalty and allegiance to the United States of America; to promote and foster the enforcement of law and order; to improve the individual and collective proficiency of our members in the performance of their duties; to encourage fraternal, educational, charitable and social activities among law enforcement officers; to advocate and strive for uniform application of the civil service merit system for appointment and promotion; to support the improvement of the standard of living and working conditions of the law enforcement profession through every legal and ethical means available; to create and maintain tradition of esprit de corps insuring fidelity to duty under all conditions and circumstances; to cultivate a spirit of fraternalism and mutual helpfulness among our members and the people we serve; to increase the efficiency of the law enforcement profession and thus more firmly to establish the confidence of the public in the service dedicated to the protection of life and property.

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