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WAFOP Supports LEAD Programs
05/09/19 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
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.
WAFOP Statement on King County Prosecutor's Office
05/07/19 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
A failure to consistently prosecute repeat and prolific offenders does immeasurable damage to the public’s sense of safety and fails to consider the victims and the unintended negative impact on the community when such decisions are made. Washington State Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) supports the utilization of alternatives to incarceration including current and future diversion programs recently funded in the recent legislative session. However, in situations of high-volume offenders whose crimes only escalate in severity the community deserves a reliable partner in public safety from their local prosecutor’s office.
WAFOP Response to Proposed Court Rules Change
05/01/19 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
On behalf our officers, I am writing to express deep concerns regarding proposals to modify court rules related to the recording of interviews, identifications and interactions between officers and criminal suspects of crimes.
Police Week Media Alert
05/01/19 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
The 2019 National Honor Guard Exhibition and Pipe & Drum Demonstration will celebrate its 17thyear by welcoming law enforcement Honor Guard and Pipe and Drum bands from over 20 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. The annual exhibition began as a vision by former Fraternal Order of Police National President Steve Young and upon his passing in January 2003 the first annual event was held in his honor in May of 2003. Considered the “best of the best” these teams will perform on May 14thon the National Mall as part of Police Week 2019. Over 1,500 visitors will attend the exhibition and demonstration throughout the day. Police Week draws over 40,000 visitors annually.
FOP Joins Collective Letter from First Responder Labor Groups in Support of HB 1155
04/22/19 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
FOP Joins Collective Letter from First Responder Labor Groups in Support of HB 1155 Healthcare Worker Meal & Rest Breaks April 22, 2019 Legislators, We are writing to you today to ask that you support a version of the Healthcare Worker Meal & Rest Breaks bill that protects all healthcare workers and in all hospitals in Washington State.
WAFOP Statement on HB 1815/SB 5497
04/11/19 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
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.
Tahoma Lodge #36 Chartered
04/03/19 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
Law enforcement association finds growth and support in Pierce County. (Tacoma, WA, March 24, 2019) The Washington State Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) is pleased to announce the newly chartered Tahoma Lodge #36.  The Tahoma Lodge consists of law enforcement officers that work in and around the Pierce County region.
LEOFF Merger Discussion Ceases
03/26/19 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
Police and fire retirement system merger discussions cease.  Legislature still considering fund transfer to undefined benefit enhancement fund in advance of actuarial studies review.
LEOFF 2 Press Release
03/24/19 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
Law enforcement group ask the legislature to use data driven decisions and an abundance of caution related to law enforcement and firefighter retirement pensions (Tacoma, WA, March 24, 2019) The Washington State Legislature through HB 2144 and SB 5983 is considering legislation effecting the Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Plan 2 Pension Fund (LEOFF 2).
LEOFF 2 Transfer Statement
03/19/19 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
"We signed in “other” today because our members just aren’t sure whether this is a good policy proposal or a bad one. We do know is that our members are desirous of the opportunity to fully, meaningfully, and thoughtfully analyze and understand the ramifications of such a transfer on their pensions – both long and short term.
APPROVED! THANK YOU SPOKANE!
01/24/19 - Spokane Police Guild
The Spokane Police Guild is supporting Proposition 1, which will provide funding for 20 new police officer positions, and will preserve 30 of the 48 firefighter positions. Proposition 1 will be voted on February 12th.
WAFOP Letter to WA State Congressional Delegation
01/11/19 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
On behalf of the Washington State Fraternal Order of Police, we urge you to find a compromise and immediately end the partial government shutdown. As a law enforcement association, we work to ensure our communities are safe.  We believe in good policy that supports public safety and encourage you to develop bi-partisan, long-term legislation that provides comprehensive border security.
WAFOP Response to I-940
11/08/18 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
Voters endorse complex and flawed law enforcement reform in the passage of I-940 
Washington State Fraternal Order of Police Opposes I-1639
10/23/18 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
Washington State Fraternal Order of Police Opposes I-1639 Broad-reaching policy does not meet goals of making communities safe The Washington Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) opposes I-1639 and urges voters to reject the initiative at the ballot.
WAFOP Letter to Speaker Chopp
10/12/18 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
On behalf of the Washington State Fraternal Order of Police, I would like to provide you information on our stance related to I-940 referring to Police Use of Deadly Force. The Washington State Fraternal Order of Police has always believed that I-940, as written, is bad policy. This last legislative session, our organization sat at the table with other Law Enforcement organizations, Legislators from both sides of the aisle, and leaders from De-Escalate Washington to discuss making needed improvements to the Initiative.
WAFOP Message on I-940
10/11/18 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
The Washington Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) respectfully disagrees with I-940 as it is currently written and urges voters to reject the initiative at the ballot. I-940 is a complex proposal that could compromise public safety. WAFOP believes that I-940 as it is currently written is bad policy, costly and fails to provide the funding mechanism or resources for it’s mandated training improvements
Washington State Fraternal Order of Police Hires New Executive Director
08/13/18 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Washington State Fraternal Order of Police Hires New Executive Director The Washington State Fraternal Order of Police is pleased to announce the hire of our new Executive Director Lynnette Buffington.
JOINT STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF PUBLIC SAFETY REFORM
06/07/18 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
The Washington State Fraternal Order of Police joins coalition of law enforcement and community groups is united in our support of the legislature’s 2018 passage of historic public safety bills amending law enforcement mandatory training and Washington’s deadly use of force standard. Please see the attached press release.
LE friendly legislation passed!
05/21/18 - Vancouver Police Officer's Guild
Tthese Union friendly laws were passed by the legislature this year and effective June 2018. Neil http://apps2.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=6229&Year=2017&BillNumber=6229&Year=2017   (this bill is effective June 2018). Re Union Orientation http://apps2.leg.wa.gov/billsummary.
Statement on Court Ruling Regarding I-940
04/24/18 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
Joint Press Release Regarding Initiative 940
03/09/18 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
WACOPS AND WASHINGTON FOP REACT TO DEADLY FORCE BILL ACTION On the final day of the 2018 Legislative Session, combination legislation encompassing two separate bills were passed: Initiative 940 and HB 3003. The combination of these bills allows the Washington State Legislature to honor the State Constitution as it relates to initiatives to the Legislature, while recognizing the cooperation among interest groups to find a way to come to agreement on the issues at the heart of the initiative.
Joint Press Release re: I-940
12/11/17 - Vancouver Police Officer's Guild
Behind the Badge thank you for $10K donation
12/05/17 - Vancouver Police Officer's Guild
The Vancouver Police Officers Guild in partnership with the Clark County Sheriffs Office Guild raised $10,000 at the annual Golf Tournament and made a charitable donation to Behind the Badge. You can learn more about Behind the Badge here: http://behindthebadgefoundation.
25th Anniversary Shop with a Cop
12/01/17 - Vancouver Police Officer's Guild
VANCOUVER POLICE AND NAUTILUS, INC. TAKE 100 LOCAL KIDS SHOPPING FOR THE HOLIDAYS (UPDATED PHOTO) (PHOTO) News Release from Vancouver Police Dept. Posted on FlashAlert: November 30th, 2017 11:05 AM Downloadable file: IMG_3413.JPG Vancouver, Wash. -- On Saturday, December 2, 2017, the Vancouver Police Officer's Guild (VPOG) and Nautilus Inc.
Initiative 940 is Bad for Public Safety.
12/01/17 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
Initiative 940 is bad for Public Safety – What You Should Know De-Escalate Washington is using deceptive tactics to gather signatures for Initiative 940, of which the purported intent is to reduce violence in communities. The Washington State Fraternal Order of Police emphatically opposes this initiative.
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