Legislature’s lack of response to law enforcement concerns causes association to oppose Keep Washington Working Act.
(Olympia, WA, April 9, 2019) After several requests to amend HB 1815/SB 5497 to allow law enforcement more effective engagement with the diverse communities in which they serve, the Washington State Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) stands in opposition of the bills in their current form. Since the introduction of the bills WAFOP has made efforts to work with the legislature to address concerns that, we believe, potentially marginalize law enforcement from immigrant populations.
WAFOP values Washington state’s diverse and talented workforce that makes our state’s economy one of the best in the nation. WAFOP also believes that all of our citizens should feel safe in contacting law enforcement and that law enforcement should continue to enforce criminal laws and be permitted to engage with all levels of law enforcement partners on criminal investigations as necessary.
WAFOP commends Representative Drew Stokesbary (31stDistrict-Auburn) for his efforts to amend this bill.
Regardless of the final outcome of this bill, WAFOP stands at the ready to work with all stakeholders and interested parties. Law enforcement officers are part of the community in which they serve. Their insight into best practices and community engagement is essential for effectively policy to be implemented.
As an association, WAFOP represents nearly 3,000 officers in Washington and over 345,000 nationwide through the National Lodge. Regional lodges are spread throughout the state and represent over 40 bargaining units. WAFOP members work at the local, state and federal level and include associate members that represent records, communications and other law enforcement support departments. The WAFOP proudly represents law enforcement officers of all ranks and agencies.
The Washington State Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) is a 501(c)8 non-profit organization which represents nearly 3,000 law enforcement officers in the state. Our motto is “Cops helping Cops”.