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Message from the President

Updated December 31, 2014

President John McNesby, his family, and the Executive Board of Lodge 5 wish you and your family a Happy New Year.  As we usher out 2014 and ring in 2015, may this be your best year ever.

Updated December 29, 2014


Law enforcement officers have always served in harm's way. However, in recent weeks all law enforcement officers have become targets of opportunity for assassins and hate-filled individuals actively seeking to do us harm. This is a growing threat and I urge all of our members and our brother and sisters everywhere, in every jurisdiction, to exercise extreme caution while on their beats.

I cannot overstate the danger to our men and women on the streets. Since the assassination of New York City Police Officers Rafael Ramos and Wejian Liu, there have been reports of attempts on officers' lives in California and Florida. These will not be the last.

While on duty, make sure to employ a heightened sense of situational awareness. Be alert and be cognizant of your own safety as well as that of your partner. Use the utmost caution and take care at each and every interaction with the public. Be mindful of your environment at all times, especially when in your police vehicle. Whether you are on break, filling out reports or using your equipment to run plates or identities, it is important that you maintain your situational awareness. Your own alertness is better protection than your squad car. Be vigilant at all times.

Stay safe.

Updated December 25, 2014

Dear Fellow Officers,
From the McNesby Family to you and your family, we wish you a Merry Christmas.


JOHN J. McNESBY, President
Fraternal Order of Police

Updated November 25, 2014

Dear Fellow Officers,
During a career in law enforcement one comes to expect the media and the mobs in the street to loudly display a lynch mob mentality where due process and innocent until provide guilty mean nothing.

But one has the right to expect more from a public official, particularly a mayor. It is very disappointing to learn that Michael Nutter has chosen to publicly pander to a lynch mob mentality instead of displaying the courage and integrity required by a public official charged with maintaining a respect for law and due process.

For Nutter to make a false and rididulous statement that Brown was "shot ten times" is outrageous. Nutter has to make a choice. He can join the lynch mob or he can be the mayor. He can't do both.


JOHN J. McNESBY, President
Fraternal Order of Police

Updated October 16, 2014

Breaking news – PA Legislature passes bills to stop further re-victimization of our survivors and their families.

This victory in Harrisburg will amend the Crime Victims’ Act of 1998 and serves to show that crime victims’ rights will not be ignored.

House Bill 2533 and Senate Bill 508 passed in their respective houses and these bills titled “Re-victimization Relief” clearly spell out the procedure for the crime victim, their local D.A. or the PA Attorney General to file a motion in court to stop continuous re-victimization.

John McNesby and the entire membership of Lodge 5 would like to thank PA State Representative Mike Vereb, 150th District for being the sponsor of the House Bill and we would like to also thank all the Senators and Representatives for their support of the bills in their final form.

The bills will be signed by the Governor next week.

Updated August 29, 2014

I would like to wish everyone a Happy Labor Day. The Labor Movement is alive and well in Philadelphia. The fact that most workers are off on weekends is clearly a dividend of the power of organized workers. Police officers, sworn to protect and serve, will work around the clock this weekend to keep the citizens of Philadelphia safe. I want to thank them for their service. I am proud to be their President, President of the greatest Labor Union in Philadelphia. We are great because of our membership, the job they do now and have done for the people of Philadelphia. Enjoy your weekend and keep in mind the workers who have paved the way for us now in the Labor Movement.

JOHN J. McNESBY, President
Fraternal Order of Police

Updated July 31, 2014

John McNesby is proud to announce that the 2014-2017 ACTIII Arbitration Award has been released. John would like to thank the neutral arbitrator for his attention to all the evidence and the promptness of the award he rendered.

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Updated July 25, 2014

Letters regarding the "Tainted Justice" investigation

July 22nd Letter

July 15th Letter

June 10th Letter