Dayton FOP Capt. John C. Post Lodge No. 44
The grassroots movement of organizing FOP lodges in Ohio continued west across the northern part of the state. It then spread southward and further west during the 1930s. Many of the new lodges were in small cities and towns but it was a coup when the National FOP brought in a major metropolitan police force. Near the decade's end, it was able to announce at its National Conference that it had added two more large cities into its organization: Dayton, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana.
On March 2, 1938, Dayton FOP Capt. John C. Post Lodge was established. The Dayton FOP Lodge was the 44th local lodge formed in the State of Ohio and the nation's 111th local lodge. Considering there are now 2,100 local FOP lodges nationwide, the Dayton FOP is a pioneer in the proud history of the Fraternal Order of Police.
So quick was Dayton to show leadership that in 1938 - the year it was chartered - Dayton was one of four cities considered for the site of the 22nd National FOP Convention. Although it was not selected, Dayton was successful the following year in the vote to host Ohio's State FOP Convention. These annual state conferences have been held in Dayton no fewer than eight times, the first being 1940 (Ohio's 6th State Conference). The other state conventions were: 1947 (13th State Conference), 1964 (30th State Conference), 1978 (44th State Conference), 1985 (51st State Conference); 1991 (57th State Conference), 1996 (62nd State Conference) and 2006 (72nd State Conference).