FOP was started Pittsburgh Pennsylvania in 1915 with the idea of a National Organization of Police Officers. Today there are more than 2200 local lodges and more than 325,000 members in the United States.
The FOP exists to strive for betterment of the law enforcement profession for the individual officer and the collective membership. By improving working conditions, wages, and benefits, and by monitoring and proposing effective legislation, the FOP provides a service and benefit to the law enforcement profession and the public to which it serves. FOP members across our nation believe in our national motto: "Jus Fidus Libertatum" which translates to "Law is the Safeguard of Freedom".
The FOP Texas State Lodge was established on September 25, 1985, after three local lodges had been formed in the West Texas area. Today, FOP lodges exist from the high plains of the Texas Panhandle to the shores of the Gulf Coast - from the mountains of far West Texas to the piney woods of East Texas. Officers from federal, state, county, and municipal agencies are represented and, as we say in Texas, are "Proud to be FOP!"
Our lodge was formed in 1986. Hill Country Lodge #23 is a regional lodge and consists of police officers, sheriff's deputies, correction officers, dispatchers, civilian personnel, and retired law enforcement officers in the Texas Hill Country.
We annually support many non-profit organizations in Hays County, Texas and the Central Texas region. Some of these organizations include: Hays County CrimeStoppers, the Hays-Caldwell Women's Center, the Sunshine Kids, Hays County Brown Santa, and the Central Texas Motorcycle Shootout.