The history of Iredell County Lodge 10 of the Fraternal Order of Police began with a rookie Statesville Police Officer by the name of Ken Shawver. Shawver had just been released from a one year Probationary employment status. He and his fellow Officers began to contemplate forming an organization to represent the grievances of Officers and efforts to improve salary and working conditions as well as promote a sense of Fraternity among all Iredell County Law Enforcement.
A call was placed to the National Headquarters of the Fraternal Order of Police requesting assistance in forming a local chapter. On December 18, 1970 Shawver received a call from Tennessee State Trustee Gene Bollinger offering assistance to form an FOP Lodge in Statesville. On January 5, 1971 Bollinger traveled to Statesville and met with Shawver and Officer Blaine Kerley. The following night, January 6, 1971 Shawver, Kerley, and 29 others met together in the Rose Chapel Community Center on the Turnersburg Highway North of Statesville.