PPSLA’s Mission Statement

PPSLA will maintain a positive, professional voice for sergeants and lieutenants through PPSLA’s Five Pillars.

PPSLA’s Five Pillars

The five directional pillars of PPSLA are:

1.   Negotiations – To negotiate the maximum economic and non-economic benefits for its membership.

2.   Representation – To ensure fairness and due process via ethical representation of its membership in any discipline or grievance deemed reasonable and legal.

3.   Political Activity – To develop relationships and partnerships with representatives from the community and city, county, state, and federal government to benefit the membership.

4.   Member Services – To be a positive force within the community by supporting Board- approved charities and by providing current information to our members and the public via our newsletter, website, bulletin boards, news releases, etc.

5.   Training & Education – To sponsor high quality, low cost, and effective training and other career development opportunities for our membership and other law enforcement entities.

PPSLA History

PPSLA was born in 2000 out of its preceding organization Managers and Police Executives (MAPE), with the goal to obtain a written contract with the City of Phoenix and establish legal benefits for members.

In 2005, PPSLA’s MOA was formally recognized as a binding contract by a change in the Meet and Discuss ordnance.  Processes for impasse and grievances where implemented for the first time for Phoenix Police supervisors.

In 2008 PPSLA rented its first offsite office and in 2010, PPSLA purchased its current building.

In June 2013, PPSLA joined Arizona Fraternal Order of Police, lodge #2 and with the move came additional legal protections, a well-respected lobbying firm, a battle-proven new law firm, a public relations consultant, and a voice at the local, state and national political arena.

PPSLA has had four presidents at the helm.  Each offering their own contribution to take the organization to the next level.  Our founding father president Matt Knowles had a vision and worked hard to see it through.  He insisted that Phoenix Police supervisors had a voice and were protected from unfair labor actions.  He wanted to create an organization that professionally represented its members at multiple venues both internally and externally.  In 2004, Mark Hafkey became Matt’s successor and seized the opportunity.  Mark grew the training arm of PPSLA to where it is today.  When Mark retired there was the need for someone to step in his place and keep the ship afloat until the next elections.  Dave Adams filled the role admirably and served as the associations third President.  Sean Mattson is PPSLA’s current President and was instrumental in joining of FOP Lodge #2, has worked hard to increase member involvement, cleaned up policy, and implemented a new era of balance and accountability for the PPSLA Executive Board.

All of this is made possible through and are the benefits of membership…

  • PPSLA was the hardest working labor group recently at City Council as they attacked pensions and end-of-career sick leave conversions for city employees
  • Verizon – 22% discount, new phone every 10 months, unlimited data, discounted devices through FOP
  • PPSLA is currently fighting for the right to keep buybacks and has been doing so LONGER than any other labor group
  • PPSLA sits on nearly 40 Boards and Committees and provides a voice for sergeants and lieutenants. The ability to communicate police supervisor needs with management as required by City Ordinance through one voice
  • PPSLA Charities assists its members and public safety partners during times of personal crisis
  • Legal Protection through the Arizona Labor Council and the Law Offices of Yen, Pilch and Landeen.  Very broad plan includes LOD incidents, traffic tickets, IRS audits, and a free consult on any matter – related to the job or not.
  • PPSLA has a voice at the Arizona State Capitol through the lobbying firm, Isaacson and Moore
  • PPSLA has a voice at the US Capitol through the lobbying firm of Jim Pasco
  • PPSLA has partnered with the Public Relations Firm LeboSolo
  • PPSLA provides services and discounts to its members that include tickets, travel services, real estate, tax preparation, and much more!
  • PPSLA represents its membership needs at the negotiations table for increased pay and benefits. Since PPSLA’s inception in 2000 police supervisors have seen an increased pay of about 60%, leave bank improvements, more reasonable longevity, and uniform allowance upgrades all thanks to the negotiations efforts!
PPSLA would not be able to do a fraction of this without the support of membership…  And what we do benefits everyone…  Especially Phoenix Police Department Sergeants and Lieutenants…  And most directly and without question unit members… most preferentially those unit members who are also association members.  If our percentages were higher (Like FD) we would have a louder voice even though we are small (like fire).  It shows that our voice comes with solidarity and consensus.  Even though there may be items that individuals may disagree with, as a body we move forward together as brethren.


The Arizona Fraternal Order of Police is committed to improving the working conditions of law enforcement officers and the safety of those we serve through education, legislation, information, community involvement, and employee representation.

FOP Vision Statement

  • Promote and foster the enforcement of law and order,
  • Improve the individual proficiency of our members in the performance of their duties.
  • Encourage social, charitable and educational activities among Law Enforcement Officers .
  • Advocate and strive for uniform applications of the Law Enforcement Merit System Council and the Civil Service Merit System for appointment and promotion.
  • Create a tradition of esprit de corps ensuring fidelity to duty under all conditions and circumstances.
  • Cultivate a spirit of fraternalism and mutual helpfulness among our members and the people we serve.
  • Increase the efficiency of law enforcement professionals.
  • Firmly establish the confidence of the public in our service, which is dedicated to the protection of life and property.

Arizona Fraternal Order of Police

On January 25, 1934, Tucson Police Officer Frank Eyman was one of several officers who captured John Dillinger in downtown Tucson.

Eyman, who later became Sheriff of Pima County and Warden of the Arizona State Prison in Florence (1955 to 1972), transported Dillinger to Chicago.

While there, he had the opportunity to visit a Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, and returned to Tucson with paperwork to establish the first Arizona FOP Lodge. Tucson Lodge 1, whose members are Tucson PD officers, was established in 1936. A short time later, the Arizona State Lodge and Phoenix Lodge 2, were also chartered.

Fraternal Order of Police

In 1915, the life of a police officer was bleak. In many communities, they were forced to work 12-hour days, 365 days a year. Police officers did not like it, but there was little they could do to change their working conditions.

There were no organizations to make their voices heard; no other means to make their grievances known. This soon changed, thanks to the courage and wisdom of two Pittsburgh patrol officers. Martin Toole and Delbert Nagle knew they must first organize police officers, like other labor interests, if they were to be successful in making life better for themselves and their fellow police officers. They and 21 others “who were willing to take a chance” met on May 14, 1915, and held the first meeting of the Fraternal Order of Police. They formed Fort Pitt Lodge #1. They decided on this name due to the anti-union sentiment of the time. However, there was no mistaking their intentions. As they told their city mayor, Joe Armstrong, the FOP would be the means “to bring our grievances before the Mayor or Council and have many things adjusted that we are unable to present in any other way…we could get many things through our legislature that our Council will not, or cannot give us.”

And so it began, a tradition of police officers representing police officers. The Fraternal Order of Police was given life by two dedicated police officers determined to better their profession and those who choose to protect and serve our communities, our states, and our country. It was not long afterward that Mayor Armstrong was congratulating the Fraternal Order of Police for their “strong influence in the legislatures in various states,…their considerate and charitable efforts” on behalf of the officers in need and for the FOP’s “efforts at increasing the public confidence toward the police to the benefit of the peace, as well as the public.”

From that small beginning, the Fraternal Order of Police began growing steadily. In 1955, the idea of a National Organization of Police Officers came about. Today, the tradition that was first envisioned almost 100 ago lives on with more than 2,100 local lodges and more than 325,000 members in the United States. The Fraternal Order of Police has become the largest professional police organization in the country. The FOP continues to grow because we have been true to the tradition and continued to build on it. The Fraternal Order of Police are proud professionals working on behalf of law enforcement officers from all ranks and levels of government.

The Arizona Fraternal Order of Police represents the interests of more than 6,500 Arizona law enforcement professionals. Organized into 42 Local Lodges, we are the voice of those who dedicate their lives to protecting and serving our communities. Our members are committed to improving the working conditions of Arizona law enforcement officers and the safety of those we serve through education, legislation, community involvement and employee representation. The Arizona Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 2 was created in 1936 to serve those officers who serve the City of Phoenix.

Sadly, across the country, many law enforcement officers will lose their lives this year while performing their duties. The Steve Young Memorial Scholarship Program, created by a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, is administered by the National Fraternal Order of Police Foundation to assist the spouses of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

No one knows the dangers and the difficulties faced by today’s police officers better than another officer, and no one knows police officers better than the Fraternal Order of Police.

With more than 325,00 members, the Fraternal Order of Police is the largest law enforcement union in the world. The benefits of membership include access to the best legal plan available to law enforcement, aggressive employment representation, effective political relationships at the local, state and national level and a reputation for taking care of our membership.