International Union of Police Associations

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Full nameInternational Union of Police Associations
Key peopleSam A. Cabral, President
Office locationSarasota, Florida
CountryUnited States, Canada Edit this at Wikidata

The International Union of Police Associations (IUPA) is a North American trade union that represents law enforcement, corrections, and related support personnel.

The IUPA was founded in 1979 and in 2017 represented more than 100,000 law enforcement officers. Since 2005 it is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida.[1]

The IUPA purchased a new building in Sarasota, Florida in 2018 for its headquarters, planning to renovate the interior of the building, including building out additional office spaces, a kitchen for staff, an all-glass conference room and a reception area.[2]

The IUPA lobbied successfully in 1986 for the passage of amendments to the FLSA or Fair Labor Standards Act which helped to ensure that officers are paid fair wages, have a voice in the legal system, and have reasonable employment standards.[3]

The IUPA supports legislation that helps law enforcement officers to do their jobs more effectively and more safely such as state legislation which gave law enforcement the tools necessary to detect fentanyl.[4]

The IUPA also supports federal legislation that helps law enforcement officers to do their jobs more effectively and more safely such as legislation which provided law enforcement with drug screening tools.[5]

The IUPA works to improve equipment access and safety for law enforcement officers, speaking out when officers lack access to safe equipment.[6]

When IUPA members were found to have defective and dangerous equipment, the IUPA has taken legal action on their behalf.[7]

IUPA supports legislation that benefits law enforcement officer safety such as grant programs for bulletproof vests.[8]

IUPA has been outspoken about and worked to improve physical and mental health concerns for law enforcement.[9]

In 2017, the IUPA raised about US$13 million through solicitors, of which almost US$12 million went to the solicitors.[10]

Local police unions join the IUPA to secure collective bargaining rights and afford their members job security.[11]

The IUPA negotiates on behalf of Local Unions for better wages, benefits, and working conditions in their contracts.[12]

Other benefits that the IUPA negotiates for their members include supplements for canine care, clothing and cleaning allowances, wage increases, points of contention, hours of work, overtime, and more.[13]

The IUPA represents their members in contract and benefits negotiations as well as legal protection on critical incidents, while working to maintain fair and equitable work conditions.[14]

The IUPA negotiates wages, health insurance, hours of work, assignment of shifts, clothing allowances, training, and more on behalf of their members.[15]

The IUPA negotiates for retirement benefits, including health insurance for retired officers.[16]

The IUPA offers assistance on such items as equipment recommendation or budget issues and will send a representative to speak for the union. Besides help with legal representation, the IUPA offers financial, insurance and health services, educational opportunities, police products and home services.[17]

The IUPA provides the NewsWatch, a weekly publication that provides the most current and most relevant issues in the law enforcement community.[18]

IUPA participates in research that benefits the law enforcement community. Varvarigou, Vasileia; Farioli, Andrea; Korre, Maria; Dahabreh, Issa; Kales, Stefanos (November 18, 2014). "Law enforcement duties and sudden cardiac death among police officers in United States: case distribution study". BMJ. 349: g6534. doi:10.1136/bmj.g6534. PMC 4240529. PMID 25406189. Retrieved May 23, 2018.


  1. ^ Murdock, Zach (October 19, 2017). "Sarasota Police choose IUPA for union representation". Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
  2. ^ Report, Staff (August 20, 2018). "Union buys Sarasota office building for $2.6 million". Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
  3. ^ Baum, Erica (June 29, 2015). "4 Reasons Police Unions Should Be Protected". NewsMax.
  4. ^ "Brown, Portman co-sponsor bill to help Ohio law enforcement detect fentanyl". Sentinel-Tribune. April 26, 2018.
  5. ^ "Bill to aid law enforcement with drug screening". Portsmouth Daily Times. April 27, 2018.
  6. ^ "Ford Works With Police Agencies After Cops Sickened by Fumes". U.S. News. August 3, 2017.
  7. ^ "Leahy's Bill to Renew His Lifesaving Bulletproof Vest Grant Program Passes House". Miami New Times. October 24, 2017.
  8. ^ "Police Unions Sue Pompano Beach Company for Making Defective Bulletproof Vests". VT Digger. May 13, 2016.
  9. ^ Woolston, Chris (Jan 20, 2018). "Each year, dozens of cops are killed on the job. But the biggest threats to their health may be stress and depression". HealthDay.
  10. ^ Owens, Dennis. "Investigators: What to know before writing a check to a charity". ABC 27 News.
  11. ^ Antonelli, Kris (January 19, 1992). "Worried About Layoffs, County Sergeants Form Union". The Baltimore Sun.
  12. ^ Poolaw, Rhiannon (February 6, 2018). "City of Lawton approves police contract". KSWO-TV.
  13. ^ Carpenter, Jacob (August 22, 2011). "Lee sheriff's sergeants seek union contract with pay raises, improved benefits". Naples Daily News.
  14. ^ "Settled!". American Police Beat. March 30, 2016.
  15. ^ "Sarasota-based union to represent Broward deputies". Herald-Tribune. October 6, 2015.
  16. ^ "Source 1 Benefits to Manage Dental and Vision Benefits for Milwaukee Fire and Police Retirees". Business Wire. March 30, 2016.
  17. ^ "Police union changes affiliation, expands goals". The Livingston Parish News. April 26, 2018.
  18. ^ "NewsWatch". Multiview. July 6, 2018.

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