Fraternal Order of Police - Gary, Indiana
Ben K. Perry Lodge 61
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PO Box 64762
Gary, Indiana 46401-4762

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Welcome to the Gary FOP Ben K. Perry Lodge #61 website. Our main objective is to serve the needs of law enforcement officers in our area and for the good of the nation. The Ben K. Perry Lodge #61 was formed on June 1st, 1930 to fulfill the need for unity within area law enforcement. Today we serve not only our officers, but our community as well through local fundraisers and benefits.
 
Our lodge is part of the National FOP organization, consisting of 2,100 lodges.  United we support the rights of over 325,000 sworn officers of the law.  We encourage you to browse our website to learn more about our organization and the causes we support. If you are a sworn officer of the law and interested in becoming a member, please contact us or feel free to download an application for membership here.
 

On June 1st, 1930, a charter was granted by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, incorporated at Pittsburgh, PA., May 14th, 1915, and under the charter,Ben K. Perry Lodge #61, Fraternal Order of Police, was on June 1st, 1930, constituted a Subordinate Lodge with full power to work under their jurisdiction at the City of Gary, Indiana.

History of Ben K. Perry

Gary Lodge No. 61 was installed on June 1, 1930. Two years later, Ben K. Perry was elected president and attended his first national convention. He made his mark at Pittsburgh when he convinced the delegates to select Gary as the site for the 1933 convention. This "extremely bold venture," coming as it did in the midst of the Depression was a huge success.

Perry was a prime mover of the resolution creating state lodges, a resolution adopted without dissent. He then took the lead in forming the Indiana Fraternal Order of Police in 1934. He was elected as the First Vice-President of the State Lodge and in 1936 became State President. He was elected Grand Lodge President for the first time in 1938 and served as the Grand Lodge President from 1938-1939 and 1940-1946.