Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
Office of the President
April 15th, 2018
Brothers and Sisters,
On behalf of the Washington State Executive Board, we were extremely honored to host our first ever State President’s and National Board of Directors meeting at the Doubletree by Hilton in SeaTac, Washington April 12th through the 14th. We want to express our appreciation to our volunteers from Lodge 27 and Lodge 7 for taking the time to assist the state lodge. Without them we would not have been able to put this event on. We had a lot of positive feedback from leaders throughout the nation and are humble that we had this opportunity.
Members from our State Executive Board also attended Western States last month. Washington State has become more active on a national level, which provides us more exposure and with help with growth within our lodge. The area we have improved the most is with our legislative program both on a state and national level. A delegation attended the National Legislative day on the Hill in Washington DC in February that helped us improve on our relationships with members of Congress as well as our Senators.
On a local level, we have fostered relationships with key legislator in the House and Senate and we worked diligently with our Law Enforcement partners with the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs (WACOPS) and Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) on key legislation to benefit our brothers and sisters. This includes the passage of SSB 6214, involving PTSD, allows industrial insurance coverage for law enforcement and fire fighters. It is a major win for law enforcement officers who are struggling with the effects of PTSD. SB 6188 (Brady Bill) protects law enforcement officers from punitive action because their name has been placed on a potential impeachment list. The Brady Bill is a benefit to officers statewide and was pushed heavily by WACOPS. On behalf of the Washington State FOP, I would like to express our appreciation to WACOPS and WASPC for the partnership and look forward to working with them next legislative session.
The Washington State Lodge is continuing to sponsor the Steve Young Honor Guard Tribute during police week. Brother Ken Roske was replaced on the Memorial Committee after sitting on the committee for many years. Even though our state was extremely disappointed with this decision, we take pride that the Honor Guard Tribute event has been entirely sponsored by the Washington State Lodge and look forward to our continued support to make this event a success. This was the promise we made to National President Steve Young over 15 years ago.
The Washington State Executive Board is always looking for innovated ideas to improve our brand. To do this, there will be many changes within our organization. Change is a good thing and as we work toward growth, we will be looking forward to working with all of you to improve on this great organization.