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IUPA Disaffiliation Letter 3-16-2020

By March 16, 2020January 12th, 2021News and Events

The Massachusetts Coalition of Police has always kept the best interest of our members as our number one priority. In recent months, your executive board has been examining our relationship with the International Union of Police Associations to determine whether or not it was fiscally prudent for MassCOP to continue paying IUPA large amounts of money in dues payments for the minimal service we have received.

After careful consideration and a presentation given by an IUPA official, a vote was taken in accordance with the IUPA by-laws to disaffiliate with the International Union of Police Associations. This decision was not made lightly and there was copious debate. The Massachusetts Coalition of Police Executive Board feels strongly that this reallocation of funds can be better utilized to service our member’s needs. This money is now available to assist us in funding and improving our premier legal service, legal defense fund, death benefit, and other important programs that we offer our membership.

Scott A. Hovsepian
John E. Nelson
First Vice President
Robert W. Murphy

P: 508-581-9336
F: 508-581-9564

The decision to disaffiliate with IUPA will mean we are no longer affiliated with the national AFL- CIO. This was the most difficult part of this vote for many of the executive board members. When all the options were examined, the executive board recognized that MassCOP has developed very strong relationships with other labor organizations across the commonwealth and nation. Our work will continue uninterrupted with these groups and we will continue to foster new relationships to grow MassCOP’s membership and influence. We helped create and have been working with the other police groups across the commonwealth to create the Law Enforcement Policy Group to assist in advancing our legislative agenda. This has proven very successful and we look forward to the continued successes of this unprecedented endeavor. MassCOP will continue our affiliation and our longstanding relationship with the National Association of Police Organizations to move our national legislative agenda on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

To our members, it is an honor to represent you and we will always strive to maintain our excellence as the largest and most effective police labor organization in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. If you have any questions, please contact President Hovsepian at

Thank you for your continued service to your communities and to the Massachusetts Coalition of Police.

In Solidarity,

Scott A. Hovsepian

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