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The Officer Joe Burson FOP Lodge

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 65 stands as a solemn tribute in memory of Police Officer Joseph William Burson, an unwavering member of the City of Holly Springs Police Department. He ardently pursued his lifelong aspiration to serve as a dedicated police officer for a span of 18 months.


Tragically, Officer Burson's unwavering commitment led to him making the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty on June 17, 2021. For a deeper insight into the profound impact he had on his community, we invite you to explore the heartfelt reflections shared on his Officer Down Memorial page.

Officer Joe Burson

The Fraternal Order of Police

The National Fraternal Order of Police is the world’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 367,000 members in more than 2,200 lodges. We are the voice of those who dedicate their lives to protecting and serving our communities. We are committed to improving the working conditions of law enforcement officers and the safety of those we serve through education, legislation, information, community involvement and employee representation. No one knows the dangers and the difficulties faced by today’s police officers better than another officer, and no one knows police officers better than the NFOP.

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Our Mission

Our Mission

We, the law enforcement officers of the United States and of the several states and political subdivisions thereof, as representatives and delegates of state and subordinate lodges, do hereby associate the several lodges we represent and the members thereof for the following purposes:


To support and defend the Constitution of the United States; to inculcate loyalty and allegiance to the United States of America; to promote and foster the enforcement of law and order; to improve the individual and collective proficiency of our members in the performance of their duties; to encourage fraternal, educational, charitable and social activities among law enforcement officers; to advocate and strive for uniform application of the civil service merit system for appointment and promotion; to support the improvement of the standard of living and working conditions of the law enforcement profession through every legal and ethical means available; to create and maintain tradition of esprit de corps insuring fidelity to duty under all conditions and circumstances; to cultivate a spirit of fraternalism and mutual helpfulness among our members and the people we serve; to increase the efficiency of the law enforcement profession and thus more firmly to establish the confidence of the public in the service dedicated to the protection of life and property.

Our Executive Board

Frank James, President & State Trustee
Cherokee School Police Department

Chris Shaw, First Vice President
Cherokee School Police Department

Jay Burns, Second Vice President
Holly Springs Police Department

Beth Jeffreys, Secretary & State Delegate
Cherokee School Police Department

Randy Milligan, Treasurer
Cherokee School Police Department

Scott King, Chaplain
Gwinnett School Police Department

Jay Brack, Sergeant at Arms I
Cherokee School Police Department

Michael H. Adams, Sergeant at Arms II
Holly Springs Police Department

Our Board

Our Committees

Audit Committee

With transparency at the forefront, the Audit Committee was established to ensure financial integrity and accountability within the lodge. This committee will diligently review the financial records, practices, and procedures to guarantee sound fiscal management.


Building Committee

The Building Committee will guide the long-term goal of having a meeting hall for the lodge.

Bylaws Committee

The Bylaws Committee will be instrumental in shaping the governance structure of the lodge. Their role involves reviewing and, if necessary, proposing amendments to the bylaws to ensure they remain relevant, fair, and aligned with the evolving needs of the members.

Community Outreach Committee

The Community Outreach Committee will work towards strengthening the bond between the lodge, law enforcement, and the community it serves. This committee will engage in initiatives such as neighborhood outreach, fostering positive relationships and promoting a positive image of law enforcement in the community.

Fundraising Committee

Tasked with securing the financial foundation of the lodge, the Fundraising Committee will explore innovative ways to generate funds. Their initiatives may include events, partnerships, and fundraisers to support the lodge's activities and initiatives.

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee will focus on bolstering the lodge's growth. This committee aims to enhance the member experience, encourage participation, and explore avenues for expanding the lodge's reach within the law enforcement community.

Officer Injury & Illness Committee

The Officer Injury & Illness Committee will focus on the health and well-being of the lodge's members. This committee will oversee the Officer Injury & Illness Fund, ensuring members receive the care and assistance they need.

Scholarship Committee

The Scholarship Committee will focus oversee the Officer Joe Burson Scholarship. This committee will establish criteria, evaluate applications, and award scholarships to deserving members or their dependents, promoting academic excellence within the community.

Social Committee

Recognizing the importance of camaraderie, the Social Committee will organize events and activities that foster a sense of unity among the lodge members. Their initiatives will include social gatherings, outings, and celebrations that contribute to a positive and supportive environment.


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Lodge 65 is a State of Georgia FOP Lodge serving Bartow, Cherokee, and Pickens Counties' law enforcement.

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