WAFOP has appreciated the open dialogue concerning issues related to law enforcement and public safety that both Senator Honeyford and Representative Klippert have consistently had with our organization. As an association WAFOP membership includes nearly 3,000 officers statewide from all ranks of local, state and federal law enforcement.
Like the thin blue line representing both law enforcement’s role in separating order from chaos and also the bond connecting all of law enforcement the line in our logo represents the fraternalism of the officers from across our great state.
As we get closer to National Conference in New Orleans, it is with honor that the Washington State Lodge announce to everyone that we have endorsed the following candidates for national office. Pat Yoes for National President (Louisiana), Joe Gamaldi for National Vice President (Texas), James Smallwood for National Treasurer (Tennessee), and Dave Mutchler for National Secretary (Kentucky).
WAFOP believes that Brother Gamaldi will act as a passionate voice for the profession and help change the misconceptions including the damaging and undeserving rhetoric about law enforcement that is so frequently heard in our communities.
Throughout the course of the 2019 Washington State Legislative Session WAFOP took an active part in the passage and final funding of HB 1767. This bill provided a large amount of funding to expand LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) programs. KIRO News Reporter Hannah Scott covered the topic and interviewed Executive Director Buffington. See attached link to hear audio.