FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE DECLINES ENDORSEMENT
IN RACE FOR WHITE HOUSE
Nation’s largest police labor organization will not support Obama or Romney
Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, today announced that the organization has decided not to support any candidate for the office of President.
“For the first time in our history, and only after careful consideration of the candidates’ records and their responses to our questions, we have determined in this instance the Fraternal Order of Police will not make a Presidential endorsement,” Canterbury said.
For a candidate to receive the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police, he must receive a two-third majority of the National Board, which is made up of one Trustee from each of the organization’s State Lodges.
“The important challenges faced by our rank-and-file officers, the real issues in public safety, and the problems that our criminal justice system is facing are not the focus of either campaign,” Canterbury explained. “It would be irresponsible for us to support either candidate.”
“What we need is a genuine bipartisanship. This national preoccupation with defeating or trumping political opponents has eroded confidence in our leaders and the entire political system. In such an environment comity, compromise and cooperation have become virtually impossible,” Canterbury said. “We urge our members to exercise their right to vote in this election.”
The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest law enforcement labor organization in the United States, with more than 330,000 members.