WAFOP Letter to Speaker Chopp
Updated On: Oct 11, 2018

Washington State Fraternal Order of Police

Office of the President

August 31st, 2018

The Honorable Frank Chopp, Speaker House of Representatives
339C Legislative Building
Olympia, WA 98504

Dear Speaker Chopp,

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.

We were extremely pleased at the outcome of these discussions. This historic event allowed us to all realize that we had much more in common than we realized. This resulted in improved communication between all the stakeholders and led to improved communication and helped us improve relationships with members of our communities. Everyone at the table realized that improving the language of I-940, with the input of everyone, would help us establish good policy that emphasizes the importance of public safety. During these discussions, something occurred that no one even thought was a possibility. We listened to each other.

At the end of these discussions established the historic agreement known as HB 3003. HB 3003 more clearly clarifies the departments responsibility in providing training to officers, cleans up language referencingofficer’s responsibility in providing first aid, provides a clear definition of the Deadly Force Standard that balances the concerns from Law Enforcement and Community activists, and an independent investigation standard when investigating a deadly force encounter. HB 3003 also addressed additional concerns that everyone thought made this good policy that everyone felt comfortable with.

Unfortunately, the ruling from the Supreme Court jeopardizes this historic agreement. Weather I-940 passes or is defeated in November, we are asking the Legislature to help us finish what we started and vote into law the agreed upon language established in HB 3003. The Washington State Fraternal Order of Police values our commitment we made with our community partners and we stand by this language.

The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest police organization in the country representing over 335,000 members nationwide. The Washington State Fraternal Order of Police represents over 2600 members in Washington State. Our members live and work in the communities we serve.

Respectfully,

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Marco Monteblanco

President Washington State Fraternal Order of Police


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Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
PO Box 518
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284


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