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  • President Owensby Letter - 3/27/20
    Posted On: Mar 27, 2020

    March 27, 2020

    Brothers and Sisters,

    Greetings from a cave somewhere on the southside of Indianapolis. (Not really) My serious prayer for you is that you and your family are holding up well during these trying times.  As I stated in the last email, we are in uncharted waters and every day we are experiencing something the world has never experienced.  I am so thankful that we have people such as yourself to guard and protect us.  My prayer is that God puts a hedge of protection around you and your family as we go through this Covid-19 invasion. 

    Your FOP as well as your General Counsel, Leo Blackwell, and his partners at Rucklaw have been actively trying to stay on top of the ever-changing information and needs of our law enforcement here in Indiana. Just today we’ve sent out information on what we have been working on in conjunction with the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) as well as with our partners in the Law Enforcement Coalition, which consists of IACP, ISA, ISP and ISP Alliance and other partners.  Please take the time to read it. If you are reading this and haven’t received the email I just described, make sure we have your email address at fop@instatefop.org.  

    One of the more pressing questions we have received is regarding PPE.  I can tell you that Indiana recently received a shipment of PPE from the federal government and Indiana Department of Homeland Security will dole that equipment out to agencies in need. I would encourage your agency heads to contact IDHS to ensure that they are aware of your agencies needs. 

    I would like to request that you send the following information to the state office (fop@instatefop.org) in an on-going attempt to keep informed on staffing levels of our officers. We would like to know how many officers you have in quarantine, and how many are testing positive for Covid-19.  Your agencies may already be doing that to IDHS or EOC but we would like to be informed as well in order to best serve you. 

    Your FOP Executive Board, and Rucklaw stand by ready to help where we are needed. Should you have any questions please contact me at wowensby@instatefop.org.  In the meantime, please take the precautionary information very seriously and do what you can do to protect you and your family. You are in my daily prayers. 

    Bill Owensby

    *** I sent an email out earlier this afternoon to our members regarding Covid-19 with attachments.  If  you are not receiving these emails please let us know at fop@instatefop.org.  We have also posted on our members only section of our web-site at www.instatefop.org.

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