Message from the President

September 5, 2016

Happy Labor Day!

A Labor Day Message from President John J. McNesby:

I would like to wish everyone a Happy Labor Day. Labor Day is many things to many people. But at its core it is a day to remember and honor the workers who build America and those that still toil every day to keep America working.

My family and I want you and yours to have a great Labor Day. The fact that we have a National Holiday such as this is clearly an indication of the power of America’s workers past and present.

John McNesby

July 20, 2016


President John McNesby and the membership of Philadelphia Lodge 5 FOP are shocked and saddened by the planned choice of speakers at the upcoming DNC in Philadelphia.

The Fraternal Order of Police is insulted and will not soon forget that the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton are excluding the widows, and other family members of Police Officers killed in the line of duty who were victims of explicit, and not implied racism, and “being on duty in blue.”

It is sad that to win an election Mrs. Clinton must pander to the interests of people who do not know all the facts, while the men and women they seek to destroy are outside protecting the political institutions of this country.

Mrs. Clinton, you should be ashamed of yourself if that is possible.

John McNesby

July 17, 2016

President McNesby and the membership of Lodge 5 are sickened by the cowardly attacks in Baton Rouge

President John McNesby announced that he and the membership of Lodge 5 are sickened by the events in Baton Rouge. This is clearly another cowardly attack on our brothers and sisters as were the assassinations in Dallas. This also an attack on America, and American values. We pray for the recovery of those that are wounded and mourn the loss of those that were killed; your lives of service were not in vain.

Police Officers, all of whom are volunteers, will do their duty and continue to protect, serve, and come when called, to deal with all the threats in society today. As one of you, I will say this; we must do these things with increased vigilance; watching each other’s backs, as we protect the citizens of our jurisdictions.

John McNesby

July 8, 2016

President McNesby and Lodge 5 Mourn with the Dallas PD

President John McNesby and the membership of Philadelphia Lodge 5 Fraternal Order of Police wish to say to our brothers and sisters in the Dallas Police Department that we mourn with you as you try and understand the horrible events of Thursday, July 7, 2016. Twelve officers, from the Dallas law enforcement community were wounded, five fatally, in the largest loss of police lives since the September 11, 2001 attacks on America.

We mourn their passing and wish the wounded officers well as they convalesce from their injuries. We support you and have your backs in this terrible time. Philadelphia Lodge 5 is no stranger to the loss of our officers at the hands of cowards, and the Dallas event was no different; a surprise attack from an elevated position of cover. Those officers, who were monitoring a peaceful lawful protest, had no chance as they were set upon by the treachery of cowards. We will miss them and so will the citizens of Dallas.

John McNesby

May 30, 2016

President McNesby would like everyone to remember the meaning of Memorial Day and have a safe and happy holiday weekend.

Memorial Day has come for another year. At its core Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have perished in America’s Wars. As a police officer, and I believe it is fitting and proper to do so, want you all to remember also on Memorial Day all our Officers who have been killed or died in service to the citizens of their various jurisdictions, along with those soldiers and sailors who perished.

Those officers, protecting the American homeland are deserving of remembrance beside those who defended America and the idea of America. As you have cookouts, relax on the beach, or are doing anything you have planned for the holiday weekend pause to remember the core meaning and intent of Memorial Day.

Remember the service members and police officers who gave the full measure of devotion to protect America, the American way of life, and to keep the American dream alive for so many.

Do not take America for granted and certainly do not take a holiday such as this for granted when so many died to protect America.

John McNesby

May 16, 2016


At this time the Communications Workers of America (CWA) are striking Verizon. President John McNesby and Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 are in support of the CWA; our brothers and sisters in labor. President McNesby asks that you extend to the CWA all possible courtesy in this dispute.

John McNesby

May 16, 2016


At this time the Communications Workers of America (CWA) are striking Verizon. President John McNesby and Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 are in support of the CWA; our brothers and sisters in labor. President McNesby asks that you extend to the CWA all possible courtesy in this dispute.

John McNesby

March 27, 2016

President McNesby and his family wish you and your family a Happy Easter!

President McNesby and his family, would like to wish FOP members and their families a Happy Easter season.

The events of Good Friday and Easter are at the core of Christian beliefs; their celebration means the promise of salvation.

For all people regardless of your religious beliefs Easter signals the onset of Spring, with its better weather and freedom from the bonds of Winter.

Whatever your beliefs enjoy the holiday and stay safe.

John McNesby

January 8, 2015

Police Officer Jesse Harnett Shooting

The entire membership of Lodge 5 Fraternal Order of Police was deeply saddened by the shooting of on duty Police Officer Jesse Harnett on January 7, 2016. He is at the hospital receiving intensive care and our thoughts and prayers are with him. Officer Harnett will be forced to endure additional operations and long term medical care due to his injuries: be assured that the FOP will be with him each step of the way during this process.

The membership of Lodge 5 is also troubled by information that is coming out of the investigation regarding the circumstances of the shooting. We will also monitor the court proceedings for the male who tried to kill Officer Harnett to ensure that Jesse receives the justice he is entitled too.

John McNesby

December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas !!

From my family to you and yours; Christmas is upon us, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas holiday, best wishes to you and your families. If you are scheduled to work please be safe and know that we appreciate and thank you for your service.

John McNesby

December 23, 2015

State police doing our work?
John McNesby’s letter responding to PC Ramsey about PA State Police doing our work on Police Shootings. See the Letter here

November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Day !!

Thanksgiving Day 2015 is upon us. “Time fly’s” is the old saying and it seems only a short time since I last greeted you at Thanksgiving 2014.

I wish you the best; Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families. Enjoy the day and the time you can spend with your loved ones.

You are part of the best Police department in the country and despite what people say from their bully pulpits you have picked a respected occupation, that of service to others in your community.

I am proud to be one of you. As we move into the new year my team and I will continue to work hard for you. I promise that to you and I know we will deliver.

Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!!!

John McNesby

October 28, 2015


President John McNesby, representing the 14,000 members of Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, wishes to announce that at the Tuesday, October 27, 2015 Board of Directors meeting the Board of Directors of Lodge 5 voted unanimously to Boycott the works of film director Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino has shown through his actions that he is anti-police.
Mr. Tarantino has made a good living through his films, projecting into society at large violence and respect for criminals; he it turns out also hates cops. Tarantino made his statements in NYC before P/O Randolph Holder, NYPD, who was killed in the line of duty, was laid to rest.
Lodge 5 would like to note that the NYC Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, President Pat Lynch has also called for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino films. (NYCPBA Press Release 10-25-2015)

PBA president Patrick J. Lynch said:
“It’s no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too. The police officers that Quentin Tarantino calls “murderers” aren’t living in one of his depraved big screen fantasies — they’re risking and sometimes sacrificing their lives to protect communities from real crime and mayhem. New Yorkers need to send a message to this purveyor of degeneracy that he has no business coming to our city to peddle his slanderous “Cop Fiction.” It’s time for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s films.”

John McNesby

September 4, 2015

Happy labor Day!!

Labor Day is a special day not only because it has become the unofficial end of summer but because Labor Day is an acknowledgement, in this seemingly anti-labor society, that Labor built and runs America.

Membership in Labor unions has diminished and even with all that the Labor movement itself is strong.

We will not tolerate being blamed for all the problems in the United States. We will not tolerate being blamed for pension crises. We will not tolerate being blamed for problems in the economy.
Labor union members are not the cause of any of America’s problems; politicians and bureaucrats should look at themselves to seek causal factors. Labor members pay into their pensions and have lived up to their end of the bargain, funding Pension plans is not our problem. People that used it as a playground or did not fund their obligations should look to themselves. Labor members work hard every day to get a fair wage. They then spend the money they earned buying goods and services.

Why the bad rap on Labor; we are just middle class people, an under represented easy target.

John McNesby

September 1, 2015

Press Conference to Announce the Introduction of Legislation to Protect Police Officers

President McNesby is requesting that all available officers attend this important announcement. “B” Platoon is off Citywide and he requests officers on 4X12 attend before work. Please come in an off duty status. Thank you, the time is 11AM, September 2, 2015.
Press Release for Immediate Release-Visual Opportunities-Media Advisory
President John McNesby, leader of the 14,000 members of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 5 wishes to announce a Press Conference to be held in the Michael G. Lutz Room of FOP Headquarters to herald the introduction of legislation in the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, to protect police officers from having their names and identifying information released to the Public.
President John McNesby and State Representative Martina White (Pa-170th), who will introduce the bill on Friday, September 4, 2015, in the State House of Representatives, will be present for the announcement and answer any questions.
Who: President John McNesby and State Representative Martina White (Pa-170th)
What: Press Conference to Announce the Introduction of Legislation to Protect Police Officers
When: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 11AM
Where: FOP Lodge 5 Hqs. the Michael G. Lutz room, 11630 Caroline Road, Philadelphia, PA 19152-2110
Contact Person: Bob Ballentine, FOP Lodge 5 Recording Secretary, and/or 215-629-3601 (office)

John McNesby

August 14, 2015


The FOP was notified by city officials today that Police Officers will NOT be housed overnight during the Papal visit.

Our members will return home to their families at the conclusion of their shifts, there will be no overnight accommodations.

We will continue to elicit information from the city regarding the Papal Detail and pass the information along as soon as we have updates.

John McNesby

August 10, 2015

To All Lodge 5 Members,

The FOP has repeatedly inquired as to the plans for the Papal visit as it relates to our members and their working conditions. The FOP is concerned about an apparent lack of planning and notice to our members.

As of this date, the city has revealed no plans to the FOP regarding your working conditions during the papal visit. The FOP is opposed to housing police officers for the duration of the papal visit.

We will ensure that all of your contractual rights are preserved, including overtime and schedule changes.

We will update you when further information is received.

John McNesby

August 7, 2015

Message from President John McNesby Concerning Accreditation by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police

Dear Members;

The Accreditation from the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police is forthcoming, possibly as early as the end of August, however keep in mind that it has not as yet been attained.

It is important that every member, regardless of rank, of the Philadelphia Police, realize that we, all of us have a stake in this and must re-double our efforts to get this desirable goal accomplished.

The accreditation is an honor for a police department to have awarded and denotes a degree of excellence that we work for as police officers everyday as we protect and serve the citizens of Philadelphia.

Please keep this in mind as we complete the last leg of this journey to accreditation.

I thank you for your service.

Fraternally yours,
John McNesby

July 4, 2015

Happy Independence Day,

Please remember on this day, as you attend or have parties, cookouts, or are at the mountains or the shore, those who have gone before; those who rebelled against the tyranny of British rule, and sacrificed their lives and their scared honor to allow the idea of America to come to pass. Their service to our young nation should never be forgotten or minimized. We must not take America for granted.

You are part of the best police department in the world. Your lives have meaning and your lives matter. I am proud to be one of you and serve as your President. I thank you for your service to the citizens of Philadelphia.

Have a great Independence Day and weekend.
John McNesby

June 15, 2015

Get a call late last week from Marissa from the Preston and Steve morning show on MMR, she wanted to meet up this morning (6-15-2015) regarding some ideas for the FOP Survivors’ fund. When we met up this morning she is with Todd Herremans, his wife and some staff from the Herremans’ Foundation, who presented the FOP Survivors’ fund with a check for 10K from his foundation.

What a stand-up guy, still supporting Philly Police even after leaving the Eagles. A big THANK YOU to Todd Herremans, his family, his foundation and to WMMR. We appreciate it!!

John McNesby

May 30, 2015

President McNesby and the membership of Lodge 5 are saddened by the loss in the line of duty of Trooper Raspa. Our condolences to his family, the NJSP family and the entire law enforcement community in the Garden State.

The funeral for New Jersey State Trooper Anthony Raspa #7425 will be held on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at 11 a.m., at Saint Matthias Church, 168 Kennedy Boulevard, Somerset, N.J.

May 22, 2015

President John McNesby wishes everyone a Happy Memorial Day and asks you to remember that…
Memorial Day is the day set aside to remember America’s fallen heroes. We also hope and pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It’s a day of thanks for the valor and sacrifice of others, a day to remember the gift of America and those of her children who have perpetual rest in cemetery’s around the world. It’s a day to be with your family and remember. By never forgetting our heroes we are a better people and nation.

April 15, 2015

The Sheriff’s Interest Arbitration Award has been issued.
The Award is from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017
We are still looking at the award, but it gives the Sheriff’s “residency, “ the ability to move outside the city to anywhere in the Commonwealth.
Pay raises of 2.5 % for first year of the contract period, then 3% for the second year and the 2016-2017 period is 3.25%
We will have further information as to when any “retro money will be paid.

April 11, 2015

This is the last week to change your voter registration to Democrat and/or to register in general. We encourage you to register Democrat or to change to Democrat.

All registration requests must be processed by April 20th. This means that you should mail or drop off your registration or change in registration no later than next Friday April 17th.

The address is:
520 N. Delaware Ave 5th Floor
Philadelphia PA 19123-4295

If you still need a voter registration form you can pick them up at the front Desk of the FOP.
It is IMPORTANT that we show our support and make a difference in this upcoming Mayoral election.

April 3, 2015

President John McNesby would like to wish our members a Happy Easter and joyous Passover festival on the occasion of these joint falling important religious holidays. These holidays have strong meanings among Christians and Jews around the world and are also a time for family and thanksgiving. President McNesby shares in the celebration of family and the meaning of each of the various days.

If you are working be safe and remember to be vigilant as you do your duty.

March 30, 2015

Attention Members: Tony Soto Baiting Police Officers


Please be aware of any interactions with Tony Soto. This individual is intent on baiting police officers and attempting to embarrass our members on video, which he then turns over to media outlets. This male also identifies himself as a Fire Official from Montgomery County and may flash a badge. This is untrue and Soto is a fraud. A 15th District Police Officer acted professionally and appropriately in an interaction with this fraudster. Please use caution in any interactions with this male. He may try to take a photo with officers, which he will later utilize for anti-police propaganda. Soto is a criminal and his public court records can be viewed on the Pennsylvania Courts public website at or by clicking this link. We believe that the Philadelphia or Montgomery District Attorneys should pursue charges of Impersonating a Public Servant against Soto..

March 6, 2015

Dear Member:

President John McNesby, the Executive Board and all the members of FOP Lodge #5 are deeply saddened by the death of Police Officer Robert Wilson #9990, 22nd District, who was shot and killed in the line of duty on Thursday, March 5, 2015. Please keep the Wilson family in your prayers.

A memorial fund for P/O Robert Wilson III has now been established at the Police and Fire Federal Credit Union.  PFFCU Acct #91032601 Donations will be accepted at any of the branches. If you are a member of the Credit Union donations can be made over the phone at 215-931-0300.

Respectfully yours,


JOHN J. McNESBY, President
Michael G. Lutz Lodge #5 Philadelphia
Fraternal Order of Police

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 10 Letter