Fort Kent police shift union affiliation
FORT KENT, Maine — Law enforcement officers of the Fort Kent Police Department recently changed union representation from the Teamsters Union to the Fraternal Order of Police.
“The Fraternal Order of Police only represents police officers,” Fort Kent Police Officer Cole Pelletier said. “The union is represented by a retired state police trooper so we feel we’d be better represented by these folks that only deal with police officers and are more familiar with what other places are doing.”
The Fraternal Order of Police has more than 330,000 members in more than 2,200 lodges, according to the Maine Lodge of the FOP website.
“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,” the website said. “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 FOP.”
The town of Fort Kent ratified the new contract with the Fraternal Order of Police on Monday, April 20.