Dallas, TX, May 14, 2018 – In an Executive Board meeting on May 10, Dallas Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #588 voted unanimously to seek affiliation with the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, or CLEAT.
“This has been some time in the making, and has involved law enforcement union diplomacy at every level of both organizations,” Michael Walton, President of Dallas FOP, said.
“This is a time of great change for Texas Law Enforcement officers and their families. It is clear that we need the same professional services provided by CLEAT to law enforcement officers all over the state. From Amarillo, El Paso, Fort Worth, Austin, and the Rio Grande Valley, Texas law enforcement officers have been relying on CLEAT’s expertise and union activities since 1976.”
The Dallas FOP first organized itself as the Dallas Police Patrolman’s Union before affiliating with the Fraternal Order of Police in 1988. The lodge is a participant in the Dallas meet and confer negotiating process that helps determine the pay and benefits of all Dallas officers.
CLEAT is a statewide law enforcement union with 11 offices across the state representing more than 22,000 law enforcement officers through their local associations. CLEAT is an independent association that is operated by elected law enforcement personnel across the state and is funded solely by member’s dues, accepting no state or federal subsidies, grants, or taxpayer funds.
CLEAT is professionally staffed by full time attorneys, legal secretaries, lobbyists, and support staff across Texas. CLEAT lawyers have responded in person to 36 Officer Involved Shootings so far this year as well as numerous other critical incidents involving officers in Texas.
“On behalf of CLEAT, I’d like to welcome the new group. We look forward to working with Dallas just as we do in other major urban areas like San Antonio and Houston,” CLEAT President Sgt. Todd Harrison said from Washington D.C. where he is meeting with elected officials.
Local CLEAT affiliates with negotiations rights:
Abilene Police Officers’ Association
Alvin Police Officers Association
Austin Police Association
Austin-Travis County EMS Employee Assn
Beaumont Police Officers Association
Brownsville Police Officers Association
Corpus Christi Police Officers’ Association
Del Rio Police Officers Association
Denton Police Officers Association
Deputy Sheriff’s Association of Bexar County
El Paso County Sheriff Officers Association
El Paso Municipal Police Officers Association
Floresville Police Officers Association
Fort Worth Police Officers Association
Hays County Law Enforcement Association
Horizon City Police Officers Association
Jefferson County Sheriffs Association
Kingsville Law Enforcement Association
Kleberg County Sheriff Officers Association
Kyle Police Association
La Marque Police Association
La Porte Police Officers Association
Lufkin Police Association
Mesquite Police Association
Nederland Police Officers Association
Nueces County Law Enforcement Assn
Port Arthur Police Association
Police Benevolent Assn of Georgetown
San Angelo Coalition of Police
San Antonio Airport Police Officers Assn
San Antonio Park Police Association
San Antonio Police Officers Association, Inc
San Marcos Police Officers Association
San Juan Police Officers Association
Silsbee Police Association
Vidor Police Association
Waco Police Association
Webb County Deputy Sheriff’s Association