66th National FOP Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada

The National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) held its 66th National Conference and Exposition at the MGM Grand Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas the Week of August 14th through August 17, 2023. The Conference hosted 3,833 delegates, 350 registered alternates, along with guests. This National Conference is held every two years to set the goals and agenda for the FOP. At this conference, seminars are offered, the Constitution and By-Laws are reviewed and changed, the Executive Board is elected, National Trustees and Committee Chairs present their reports, and featured over 100 exhibitors from around the country displaying their products and services. The FOP currently has 373, 557 members, which makes them the largest law enforcement organization in the United States.

During the 66th National Conference, the executive board was elected. The only opposed race in these elections was for the Vice President position where Joe Gamaldi, Lieutenant with HPD, was running against John Catanzata from Chicago. Joe Gamaldi took the win for National FOP Vice President by a landslide. The HPOU is very pleased Joe won his race and is excited to see his continued work in helping law enforcement on a national platform. The newly elected National Executive Board is as follows; Patrick Yoes, President, Joe Gamaldi, Vice President, John Hoyt, 2nd Vice President, Jimmy Holderfield, Secretary, James Smallwood, Treasurer, Steve James, Sergeant at Arms, and Rob Pride, Chairman of National Trustees.

Members also voted on the location of the 68th National FOP Conference, the decision was between Chicago and Salt Lake City, Utah. Salt Lake City Utah was selected by the members for the next conference location which will be held in 2027.  The 67th National FOP Conference will be held in Miami, Florida.


Special thanks to all the Houston Police Union members that went as delegates to this conference.


Author Shannon Barker

Published September 7, 2023