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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.
Message from the President June 2019
06/06/19 - Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
As we get closer to National Conference in New Orleans, it is with honor that the Washington State Lodge announce to everyone that we have endorsed the following candidates for national office. Pat Yoes for National President (Louisiana), Joe Gamaldi for National Vice President (Texas), James Smallwood for National Treasurer (Tennessee), and Dave Mutchler for National Secretary (Kentucky).
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.
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.
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
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