RICHARD A. (DICK) BOYD
Year Inducted: 2009Richard A. (Dick) Boyd began his law enforcement career as an Oklahoma City police officer in 1964. Over the next 20 years Boyd served as a patrol officer, self defense trainer and supervisor in traffic, helicopter, and jail. During his career he not only rose through the ranks to the rank of lieutenant, but was instrumental in the formation of Oklahoma City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 123. Boyd was a charter member of the lodge and served as secretary and local FOP president. Boyd took on difficult labor situations and controversial legislative issues resulting in the FOP being recognized in Washington, DC.
In 1983 Boyd was elected president of the National Fraternal Order of Police, a position he held for four years. Through Boyd's leadership and personal efforts both locally and nationally, the Fraternal Order of Police became respected as a labor union and legislative force respected by both political parties. Most significant of the major pieces of legislation during his administration as National FOP president was the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Boyd's efforts resulted in the establishment of state statutes that supported educational benefits, and improved the working and living conditions of police officers in Oklahoma. Boyd remains active in FOP issues both locally and at the national level. He is a popular speaker on leadership and bargaining issues and regularly conducts training throughout the country. Boyd has been married to Lana for 48 years. They have four daughters, Leslie, Genesta, Allison, and Julia and ten grandchildren.