Sheriff Hatcher's recent actions with respect to the degrading quality of work environment in Benton County Sheriff’s Office and other areas has only served to decrease the trust of the members of law enforcement and the members of the community. Diminishing public trust does not assist in accomplishing our overall shared goals of public safety.
The Washington State FOP remains committed to supporting all officers of the state on issues related to law enforcement officer health and wellness with a special focus on mental health and will continue to pursue its mission to build a peer support network that can be there for all law enforcement.
The Washington State Fraternal Order of Police have literally taken this mission to the streets, they have designed a license plate that will not only start the discussion, they will raise funds for needed training. This endeavor is timely, thoughtful and necessary.