In 1947 a small group of police officers from Newtown Borough, Yardley Borough, Bristol Borough, Morrisville Borough, Upper Southampton Township, Doylestown Borough, Quakertown Borough, Perkasie Borough, and an officer from the Bridge Police formed Bucks County Lodge No. 53. A Chief of Police from Newtown Borough (Edward Bateman) was sworn in as the first President of the Lodge in November of 1947.
The first Lodge home for the Lodge was established on property leased from Bristol Borough and soon after was purchased and titled as the FOP Yacht Club. It was actively used by the membership of the Lodge and was equipped with boat launching facilities and numerous slips for docking and refueling.
The Lodge home was moved to it’s present location ( right ) and the yacht club property was sold in approximately 1981. The charter of the Lodge is housed at the current home in Wycombe (Wrightstown Township, Bucks County) where the meetings of the Lodge and other functions are conducted monthly. In 1981, the Lodge boasted a membership of approximately 400 active members and an associate membership of about 500 persons. In 2000, the membership has grown to in excess of 1,000 active members and unfortunately the associate ranks have dropped to about 350 members. We see an increase in membership every month and the ranks are growing along with the population of our historically significant County of Bucks. The Bucks County Lodge No. 53 has always maintained the aim to bond together every police officer of Bucks County in fraternity and friendship, to defend themselves and their interests when attacked, and gain all the rights to which they are entitled to as members of a highly respected profession.
Today, the Lodge provides many services to it’s members and is highly respected as a leader in labor related issues for law enforcement throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The membership has banded together and now provides hands on labor assistance to the active membership of the Lodge through it’s local Lodge Labor Program. Something that was deemed impossible, less than a decade ago.
The Lodge meets regularly on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Lodge home except for dinners held to pay honor to our valued members. In January, we hold our installation and pistol competition awards; in April, our annual retirees recognition; in September, our annual special awards recognitions; and in December, our family holiday dinner celebration.
Our local Lodge Auxiliary is very active and meets at the same time and locations as the parent Lodge. The membership is open to the immediate family members of the active membership. Please contact one of our Board members for additional information on any form of membership.
In February of each year we hold our annual Evening of Country Music fund raising event and have been blessed with some excellent entertainment.
Any member of the Lodge, regardless of which type of membership, is entitled to membership in the “Police and Fire Federal Credit Union”. Just be sure to mention that you are a member of the “Bucks County Fop Lodge #53” and provide your membership information to them.
This Lodge has always required our members to uphold the highest traditions and respect of the law enforcement profession in the name of the Fraternal Order of Police and will always continue to do so, in the future.