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COVID 19 Statement
03/16/20 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
While our neighbors and others can take recommended precautions to stay healthy law enforcement is not afforded that option.  Public safety and local police agencies are an essential part of our everyday life that communities rely upon.
National FOP COVID-19 Update
03/15/20 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
In the coming weeks, the public will be looking to POLICE OFFICERS for reassurance and calm. We will be the very real face of the government’s response to this pandemic, so be cognizant of our role in the community at this time. I have no doubt our members will rise to the occasion and serve with honor and distinction.
WAFOP Response to Benton County Sheriff
03/02/20 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
As to the current matter, Sheriff Hatcher’s statement dated 2/28/2020 states; “As the Sheriff, I am ultimately responsible for everything that happens within the organization and I will take ownership for our current circumstance. I have had a long history of having the support of my staff, peers and community.
Statement on Benton County Sheriff Jerry Hatcher
02/26/20 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
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.
Thanks and Appreciation
02/13/20 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
The member-fueled outreach to our state’s elected leaders was exactly what the Washington State FOP is about, “cops helping cops”.
Statement on HB 2406/SB 6225
02/11/20 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
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.
Blue Help Endorses WAFOP LEO Plate
01/07/20 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
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.
Media Alert
12/24/19 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
Local law enforcement will attend the Tri-City Americans game on Friday, 12/27/19 to gather signatures of support for a new specialty vehicle plate to support law enforcement.
Recent Attacks on Law Enforcement
12/19/19 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
“Law enforcement officers in Washington, and throughout this country, do not deserve to be attacked for trying to protect the public.
Law Enforcement Support Plate
12/10/19 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
Law Enforcement Support Plate
12/10/19 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
Top 10 of 2019
12/10/19 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
Take a walk through 2019 to check out WAFOP's biggest wins for the year.
WAFOP Quarterly Newsletter
12/05/19 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
AG Statement on Independent Investigations
11/15/19 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
Furthermore, the Attorney General's Office is not a General Law Enforcement Agency, and does not employ any general authority Washington peace officers. The only commissioned law enforcement in the Attorney General's Office are limited-commissioned Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigators, whose lawful authority extends only to Medicaid fraud investigations.
License Plate for Washington's Law Enforcement
11/12/19 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
(Seattle, WA, November 13, 2019) Washington citizens who support law enforcement and officer health and wellness can now show that support on their Washington license plate.
WAFOP Statement on LInX
08/23/19 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
LInX (Law Enforcement Information Exchange) is an information sharing database for agencies throughout the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest.  This database is accessed by local, state and federal law enforcement multiple times per day to provide information that supports law enforcement in their investigation of criminal matters.
LE Stakeholder Statement
08/22/19 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
On behalf of Washington’s law enforcement stakeholders, we want to share initial thoughts, recommendations and factors that should be part of the final rulemaking for independent investigations of uses of deadly force. Our comments are offered to increase trust between police and the community.
2019 Legislators of the Year
06/20/19 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
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.
WAFOP Launches New Symbol of the Organization
06/18/19 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
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.
Silent Auction & Music Festival
06/17/19 - Spokane Police Guild
The Spokane Police Guild supports the 2nd Annual Live With Honor and Serve With Pride Silent Auction & Music Festival.
WAFOP Endorses National VP Candidate
05/31/19 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
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.
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.
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Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
PO Box 1702
Tacoma, WA 98401
  360-790-7445

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