Chuck Canterbury

National President

Chuck Canterbury is the elected President and CEO of the National Fraternal Order of Police, the oldest and largest law enforcement labor organization in the United States, with more than 348,000 sworn officers as members. He is currently serving in his 8th term as National President, the second longest incumbency in the FOP's 104 year history. He has served a total of 24 years on the National Executive Board beginning in 1995. During this period, he has been instrumental in leading the FOP through some of the most challenging times and issues to confront police officers in the modern era.

A hallmark of his ability to navigate and manage the organization as it grappled with problems generations in the making has been his willingness to sit down with individuals and groups with disparate perspectives and convictions differing from those of the FOP in a search for better mutual understanding and hopefully some degree of common ground.  Perhaps his most notable achievement in this context was in the protracted, and extraordinarily important, successful negotiations which resulted in the passage and signing by President Trump of the First Step Act, the most meaningful piece of sentencing and prison reform legislation enacted in our nation's recent history.

President Canterbury began his policing career in 1978, and over the course of the ensuing 26 years he worked his way up to Major (Deputy Chief) in Horry County, South Carolina. He served in virtually every supervisory and managerial position on his department, ultimately retiring from the force to devote his full time and attention to his position as National President. His tenure has been marked by progress, growth, and respect for the FOP and the role that it strives to play in making the lives of police officers and all citizens better and safer. He has served in advisory roles with the administrations of four U.S. Presidents, and continues to do so today.

He is also recognized internationally as an expert on law enforcement management and representation, currently serving as a board member of the International Council of Police Representatives Association, which represents over 1.4 million law enforcement officers worldwide.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Coastal Carolina University, and is the father of a blended family of four children and five grandchildren. Two of those children, KC and Katie, continue the family tradition of service with KC serving as a police officer in Horry County SC, and Katie as a school teacher in North Carolina.

President Canterbury and his wife Alice reside in Conway, SC.

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