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I’ve been meaning to write on the blog for quite a while, but I haven’t had the time recently because of the demands placed upon me at work preparing weighty reports for prosecutors, the courts and coroners. Yes that’s right , I’m a Police Officer. That shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, being as I’m in a ‘law enforcement motorcycle club’.

I guess that if most people were asked “What exactly is a law enforcement motorcycle club?” they’d think it’s a motorcycle Club whose members were law enforcement Officers (LEO’s); active and retired Police Officers. However the term ‘law enforcement Officer’ is sometimes extended to Customs & Excise Officers, Prison Officers and Military Police. You may also be surprised to know that some LEMC’s permit people from outside the law enforcement community to join their ranks and wear their colours. I’ve heard of Doctors, Civil Servants and Fire Officers becoming members (and sometimes forming the majority) of some LEMC’s.

I am not condoning or criticising any LEMC, far from it – each Club will choose its own path and Lost Saints will treat them respectfully as is the ‘Bikers Code’.

It is important to understand the Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs perspective on all this. The 1%ers I’ve had contact with have been curious when seeing our cuts on the road and checked us out, but upon seeing the LEMC patch, they’ve left us alone usually with a respectful nod or wave. 1%ers generally have no interest in LEMC Clubs – they’d probably wish we didn’t exist, but we do. However (and this is important to understand) traditionally LEMC’s have been made up of exactly who you’d think they were – Coppers! This is no longer the case & I believe that this may result in greater 1%er scrutiny of each LEMC to determine exactly who their members are and whether or not they are entitled to operate under the LEMC patch.

As for Lost Saints – we make no secrets of the fact we are Police Officers, but have a 10% rule. The rule allows 10% of our membership to be non-LEO, but they have to be of exceptionally good character and are carefully vetted to ensure that they will enhance our reputation, not damage it. Non-LEO’s in Lost Saints are not permitted to hold Officer positions within the Club. Non-LEO Lost Saints members are also the exception and in reality far less than the permitted 10% of our members are non-law enforcement. Those that are tend to be members of Police Officers families or extremely close friends of serving or retired Police Officers. Chances are that if you see or meet a Lost Saint – they’re probably a copper.

Knowledge is power Brothers & Sisters.

Peace – President Nock

I know that you’ve probably heard stories about what ‘prospecting’ for an MC involves. Maybe you’ve read the excellent ‘Under & Alone’ by William Queen or ‘No Angel’ by Jay Dobyns and the grueling trials and tribulations they suffered at the hands of the 1%er Clubs. There are also urban legends of how ‘prospects’ are initiated into their Clubs such as through taking a beating from all the ‘full patch’ members. My experiences and the accounts I have heard first hand from MC members couldn’t be further from these stories.

Prospecting is all about showing your dedication to the Club and it members. Prioritizing your commitments so that the Club becomes an important part of your life. Family, Job then Club in that order of importance for Lost Saints. Everything else should be secondary. For most Clubs this translates into spending as much time with your ‘brothers’ as you can and being there for them when they need you. It also means making time for Club activities and taking the initiative to promote it at all opportunities.

Sound simple? Well its not.

1%er Clubs will work their ‘prospects’ to try and push them into leaving. Generally I have seen this process to be quite negative and intimidating. It involves security details, errand running and other menial work designed to test the ‘prospects’ dedication and endurance; to see just how much they want to be a ‘full patch’. It is also a period of education where the ‘prospect’ learns about MC etiquette.  Many ‘prospects’ are constantly trying to impress and ingratiate themselves with ‘full patch’ Club members and this is why they are very often the most unpredictable and dangerous characters.

You’ll be relieved to know that LEMC ‘prospecting’ is generally a far less grueling term of probation: certainly for a Lost Saint. I believe it is a far more positive experience and certainly not designed to try and get the ‘prospect’ to give up. If a ‘prospect’ shows his enthusiasm to prioritize Club business, attends as many events and meetings as possible, promotes the Club at every and all opportunities, is willing to learn about MC etiquette and enthusiastically helps with Club business, taking up a share of the work needed to keep it running; chances are that will be enough to ensure his smooth transition to ‘full patch’ status.

Well – now you know, whats keeping you from getting touch. If you’re law enforcement and ride a cruiser style bike, we want to hear from you.

Peace – President Nock

Being in a bike club is all about brotherhood and England’s Lost Saints regularly take on new ‘prospects’ – recruits who wants full membership of the MC.

For those that are unfamiliar with the way MC’s operate, most have a process that new recruits must go through to attain full membership. Although this process will be unique to the MC they all generally follow a pattern.

When someone shows an interest in joining an MC it would be usual for them to ‘hang around’ the ‘full patch’ members for a while getting to know them and generally get a feel for what the MC was all about. If the ‘hang around’ decided the MC was right for him he would take the process a stage further by approaching a ‘full patch’ informing them that they wanted to join the club. The prospective member would usually be asked his reasons for wanting to join and would of course already need to be a motorcyclist who owned his own machine. The ‘full patch’ would then decide whether or not they wished to sponsor the ‘prospect’.

If the ‘full patch’ agreed to sponsor the ‘prospect’, he would become his mentor and would be expected to educate and guide him in the ways of the MC. Ultimately the ‘full patch’ will be responsible for the ‘prospect’ – obviously this is a big deal for the ‘full patch’ and could reflect positively or negatively on him. ‘Prospects’ usually wear only a fraction of the full club patches, and sometimes also wears a ‘prospect’ tag. The prospecting period will vary, and may be lengthened or shortened depending on how the ‘prospect’ conducts himself. It may also be ended at any time if it becomes apparent that they do not measure up to the clubs standards.

Once the prospecting period is completed an MC’s members will vote on whether the ‘prospect’ has demonstrated he is suitable for ‘full patch’ status. In my experience there must be complete agreement amongst the MC’s members – everyone must agree that the ‘prospect’ is entitled to wear a full set of club patches. If the ‘prospect’ is deemed suitable to represent the club then he is ‘patched in’, this usually involves copious quantities of alcohol and rock music!

Patching in new members is a great feeling for the Club but especially for the new ‘full patch’ member who has worked very hard to be awarded his cut.

Peace – President Nock

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So what’s the difference ?

Motorcycle Clubs or MC’s are usually open to members from most walks of life, providing they show they would fit in with the rest of the club and are able to complete the prospecting period. Some Law Enforcement Officers have tried to join MC’s in the past, but generally they are seen as outsiders who the rest of the club do not feel comfortable around – especially as recreational drugs and other illegal activities can be part of the MC scene. I’m sure you get the picture!

Law Enforcement Motorcycle Clubs or LEMC’s  however are the answer for Law Enforcement Officers. The process of becoming a member will differ from club to club and from personal experience I know that clubs such as the ‘Blue Knights’ do not require a prospecting period, the Lost Saints does. Some LEMC’s like the Lost Saints carry the LEMC patch to signify their status, but others such as the ‘Gunfighters’ just have the MC patch. It can be a little confusing!


The ‘three part patch’, ‘colours’ or ‘cut’ of the Lost Saints MC were designed by our National President ‘Cowboy’ when the Mother Chapter was founded in Illinois in 2008. They are symbols of strength, endurance and courage.

The question mark, or ‘Q’ represents the question ‘Where in the world are we?’. We all feel lost from time to time and reassessing who we are, what we represent and where we’re headed on a regular basis is something that keeps us grounded, and ensures we maintain our integrity and impartiality to keep a balanced and just outlook.

The devil horns and pointed tail represents the “evil that men do” and serves as a constant reminder that as lawmen we have sworn to prevent crime and wrongdoing.

The shield and star are traditional symbols associated with law enforcement.

On the road or ‘in life’, we sometimes lack the skill to navigate.

In many ways we become LOST.

We do the work of many people.

We are referees, counselors and role models to name a few.

We are warriors against injustice.

We are SAINTS to some, heretics to others.

We are LOST SAINTS.

The name LOST SAINTS also honours the lawmen that came before us. Those who were SAINTS amongst men and who are now LOST in death.