The law enforcement officers from several local law enforcement agencies in Orange County made their voice known, through their respective Fraternal Order of Police Lodges – they support Bill Moore for Orange County Commissioner. Law enforcement officers, making up the Fraternal Order of Police District 7 and from ten Central Florida Counties, also believe Bill Moore is the candidate of choice. Endorsement letters were received from Fraternal Order of Police District 7, F.O.P. Lodge 93, F.O.P. Lodge 86, and F.O.P. Lodge 25. In accordance with Florida campaign laws, the endorsement letters have been received from each of these organizations and published the campaign website for review.
The Director of the Fraternal Order of Police District 7, Steve Klapka, stated the endorsement decision was based upon Bill Moore’s, “…[e]xperience as a law enforcement officer, [Bill Moore’s] steadfast commitment to public safety, and the desire to improve working conditions for law enforcement officers in Orange County.”
Bill Moore stated on his Campaign Blog and Campaign Facebook Page, “I want to personally thank all of the men and women of our local Fraternal Order of Police Lodges for their continued support of my campaign and my ideas that will, in the end, make for safer working conditions and increase the likelihood of finishing their law enforcement career without significant injury or death.”
A video update also accompanied the update and in that video Bill Moore stated, “I look forward to working with these organizations to keep Orange County safe and secure well into the future.”
The three largest F.O.P. Lodges in Orange County represent law enforcement officers from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Orange County Corrections Department, and the Orlando Police Department; F.O.P. Lodge 93, F.O.P. Lodge 86, and F.O.P. Lodge 25 respectively. As background, the Fraternal Order of Police is the world’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 330,000 members in more than 2,200 lodges across the nation.