In the early 20th century, Fort Worth police officers created the Fort Worth Police Benevolent Association as a fraternal group to help provide assistance to police officers in need.
The Benevolent Association is still in existence today and continues to help officers who need financial assistance due to unforseen circumstances. However, in 1948, members of this original group formed the Fort Worth Police Officers Association (FWPOA). While fraternal in nature, one of the main purposes of the new association was to organize and campaign for improved benefits for its members.
Since it’s founding, the Fort Worth Police Officers Association has continued to work tirelessly to improve benefits for all members. The FWPOA now represents over 1,500 members of the police department from the rank of Police Officer to Deputy Chief.
Annual activities sponsored by the FWPOA include on-duty dinners for Patrol Officers that are held both on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
The FWPOA was instrumental in securing private funding to build the new Fort Worth Police & Firefighters Memorial. The memorial honors fallen Fort Worth police officers and firefighters who have given the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives in the line of duty.
The FWPOA is the sole bargaining unit for Fort Worth Police Officers during Meet & Confer contract negotiations and continues to be active in working to enhance police pay and benefits, insurance, and retirement benefits for all active and retired employees.
The FWPOA publishes a quarterly magazine called the “Signal 50”, a police call code meaning "Information".
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