As President of the Miami Beach Fraternal Order of Police, and on behalf of our membership, we would like to thank you for your support.
The Miami Beach Fraternal Order of Police William Nichols Lodge #8 was formed on October 20, 1952. As one of the oldest FOP lodges in Florida, we have a long standing reputation for representing our membership. This includes never forgetting those who have come before or who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
We represent over 400 active members to include detention officers, police officers, sergeants, and lieutenants. Miami Beach is one of the most diverse communities in the United States, if not the world. Our members reflect that same diversity from our gender, race, languages spoken, to our life experiences. We are the voice of these law enforcement professionals in Miami Beach who dedicate their lives serving this community. As that voice, we strive to improve our communication with the community we serve. The community we serve is comprised of not just the residents, but the business owners and the millions of tourists who visit each year.
The Miami Beach Fraternal Order of Police and its members are dedicated to protecting this community and all it stands for. We are not just the guardians and protectors, but the problem solvers. Our members are partners in the community and work together for solutions. In the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy, the Miami Beach Fraternal Order of Police immediately proposed the assigning of police officers (School Resource Officers) to our local schools in order to protect our children. This proposal was adopted by the Mayor and City Commission and continues today. We will continue to partner with the community in any way we can to make a positive difference.
Paul Ozaeta, President