**FOP 89 FALLEN HEROES VIRTUAL MEMORIAL**

**FOP 89 FALLEN HEROES VIRTUAL MEMORIAL**

Brothers & Sisters,

As we all embrace a new normal during the uncertain times of this Covid-19 Pandemic, on this day, May 7th, we must remind ourselves to slow down, take a moment, and remember our Fallen Brothers and their Survivors. Please pray for their Families and loved ones as we, the proud Membership of FOP 89, along with all of our Front Line Personnel continue to fight the good fight in the midst of uncertainty. Please enjoy this fitting Virtual Tribute to our FOP 89 Brethren lost in the Line of Duty.

https://fop89-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/paul_mazzei_fop89_org/EWjOv7cF7ThGmZIjfZ_JJHkBOtBaSizbPNHDFimJ3auwtA?e=aMBUSt

**Please stop by today between noon and 2pm for a quiet reflection and a meal to-go.

**Important Message from President Consoli**

On behalf of the Fraternal Order of Police, Prince George’s County, Lodge 89, we regret to inform you, that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to hold our annual Fallen Heroes Memorial Service this year. This decision was a difficult one, but we believe it is the right one. It was also necessary due to the Executive Orders that have been issued by our Governor and our County Executive. We are planning a fitting tribute to honor the memory of our Fallen Heroes that will be posted on our website and the Fraternal Order of Prince George’s County Police, Lodge 89 page on May 7, 2020.

Please keep our FOP 89 family in your prayers and know that we are praying for you and your family.

Take Care and Stay Safe,

Angelo Consoli

President, FOP Lodge 89

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2020 PGCSF & FOP89 Scholarship Application

The Prince George’s County Scholarship Fund application is for your use if your child is a graduating senior (of any high school) this school year. As a sworn or retired officer, your child is eligible to interview for the FOP Lodge 89 Scholarship Award. If your child is graduating from a Prince George’s County Public School, they may be eligible to interview for additional scholarships administered by the Prince George’s County Scholarship Fund committee.

If you wish for your child to be considered for these scholarships, take a moment to complete the application by clicking on the attachment and return it to the listed P.O. Box by February 21, 2020. The interview process will take place in April and your child will receive an email or letter from the committee confirming the date and time of their interview. Proper interview attire is required and your child must attend to receive the award.

If you have any questions concerning this opportunity, feel free to contact Brother Gause by email or contact numbers listed below.

Sergeant Rodney Gause #2278

Rgause@co.pg.md.us

301-985-5956 Office

240-429-4593 Cell

2020 PGCSF Inc Application revised 12.30.19

FOP89 Records Update

FOP Lodge 89 is updating our records. We are reaching out to members in order to update their information. We are posting this message in the event members want to verify that we are trying to reach them. Bruce Howard, Pam Moore, and Toni Frostbutter Nelson are working on this project. You can reach out to Bruce Howard through facebook; https://www.facebook.com/howard2070 ; or his email; bahoward@kaundre.com; Pam Moore at Pam.Moore@fop89.org; or Toni Frostbutter Nelson at Frostbutter110@aol.com; and you can always call the FOP Lodge at 301-952-0882.

Pam Moore
Bookkeeper/Admin.Assistant
FOP 89
PO Box 510
Lothian, MD 20711
301-952-0882

S/A John “Zeek” Teletchea
President FOP89

HB100 Retirement Pension Tax Subtraction Modification

Due to several requests we are putting this information out again and giving you the ability to read the law.  On April 18, 2017 the Governor signed HB100.

This bill gives retired officer’s 55 or older that live in Maryland a pension income tax subtraction modification in the amount of $15,000.  We have provided helpful links below for those that are interested in seeing it in writing.  If the pension is for an officer or spouse that is totally disabled or is over 65 this does not apply as you are eligible for the higher deduction (up to $29,400 for tax year 2016)

2017   HB100

Instructions for totally disabled or 65 or over

Worksheet for totally disabled or 65 or over

 

FOP89 FALLEN HEROE’S MEMORIAL BRICK’S

FOP Lodge 89 is creating a Heroes’ Walk at our Fallen Heroes’ Memorial.  You can now purchase a brick for the walk which can be engraved with a personalized message.  See the link below for a copy of the brochure which has full details and ordering information.

FOP89-Brick-Brochure

To go directly to the website to order your brick (preferred way to order) click the link below

www.thatsmybrick.com/fop89

 

Tax Subtraction for Active Officers

Beginning January 1, 2016, “law enforcement officers” can claim an income tax subtraction modification for the first $5,000 of income earned if:

The section below is taken directly from the Maryland State Comptroller Website.
Frequently Asked Questions About Income Tax

Link to section on website

30.  Who may claim the law enforcement subtraction modification?

Beginning January 1, 2016, “law enforcement officers” can claim an income tax subtraction modification for the first $5,000 of income earned if:

(1) The law enforcement officer resides and works in the same political subdivision; and
(2) The crime rate in the political subdivision exceeds the State’s crime rate.

A “law enforcement officer” is an individual who is authorized in his or her official capacity to make arrests and is a member of a law enforcement agency, including officers serving under a probationary status or at the pleasure of the appointing authority of a county or municipal corporation.  Federal law enforcement officers do not qualify for the subtraction modification.

A list of the political subdivisions that have crime rates exceeding the State’s crime rate is provided to the Comptroller’s Office by the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission.  You can review whether your political subdivision exceeds the State’s crime rate here.

A law enforcement officer may claim the subtraction, if applicable, by reporting it on Form 502 and Form 502SU.

In the 2016 session of the Maryland General Assembly HB1016  the Public Safety and Policing Workgroup bill was passed.  The bill contained a section (page 35) that allows for a subtraction of the first $5,000 of earned income by a law enforcement officer who resides in the political subdivision in which the law enforcement officer is employed and the crime rate in the political subdivision exceeds the state’s crime rate.

As always please consult your tax adviser for professional advice. This is provided as information only.

LEOSA date notifications

The Range asked us to pass on that their will be an added LEOSA training on February 13 at 1500 hours.  Also, the March 14th date is full.  Time will be 1600 due to the change to Daylight Savings Time.

Lt. Baden is waiting for OIT to get his desk phone set up so he can put a message on it, but at this time, he can’t do anything with it, so you need to contact him via cell for now to sign up or if you have questions.

Lt. Jimmy Baden #2052 Cell: 240-695-4428