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WASHINGTON FRATERNAL STATEMENT TO BENTON COUNTY SHERIFF INVESTIGATION
KENNEWICK, April 8, 2021 — The Washington Fraternal Order of Police president Marco Monteblanco issued the following statement regarding a new criminal investigation into witness tampering by Benton County Sheriff Jerry Hatcher. “The Washington State Fraternal Order of Police applauds the Washington State Patrol for renewing its criminal investigation into the actions of Benton County Sheriff Jerry Hatcher. The people of Benton County and the Benton County Sheriff’s Guild all benefit fr...

WASHINGTON FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE STATEMENT ON STABBING OF THURSTON COUNTY DEPUTY
Olympia, March 30, 2021 - The Washington Fraternal Order of Police president Marco Monteblanco has issued this statement regarding a recent incident in which a Thurston County Deputy was stabbed by a suspect: “The members of the Washington Fraternal Police are relieved to learn that one of our fellow members, a Thurston County Deputy, is expected to make a full recovery after being stabbed in the neck and chest while on the job on Friday, March 26. But we are equally concerned that th...

WASHINGTON FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE STATEMENT ON INVESTIGATION OF PIERCE COUNTY SHERIFF ED TROYER
Members of the Washington Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) are extremely concerned with the information that has become publicly available regarding Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer’s actions in making accusations against a black newspaper carrier. It is critically important that all facts regarding this incident become known and that Sheriff Troyer is afforded due process before the public makes any decisions on his conduct. Accordingly, our organization strongly supports a timely,...

WA FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE - LEGISLATIVE APPROACHES
We share with our fellow law enforcement organizations a mutual goal of protecting both the safety of peace officers in the field and the communities they serve. Where we differ is in our approaches for securing that safety and for ensuring that officers have the policies, procedures, tools, and training necessary to do their jobs. WAFOP leadership and our members believe that, in the wake of a multitude of well-publicized events here in Washington and across the country, it is inevitable th...

WASHINGTON FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE URGES ADOPTION OF HOUSE BILL 1054 — LAW ENFORCEMENT TACTICS
OLYMPIA, February 26, 2021 — Representatives from the Washington Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) are urging lawmakers to adopt Substitute House Bill 1054, which would establish new rules governing law enforcement tactics within the state. “We recognize the need to change law enforcement procedures to meet our communities’ expectations and strengthen trust with those we serve,” said WAFOP President Marco Monteblanco. “The amended version of House Bill 1054 would take important...

WASHINGTON FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE URGE LEGISLATIVE FIX TO POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE STATUTE
OLYMPIA, February 26, 2021- The Washington Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) today urged the Legislature to immediately amend Washington’s Uniform Controlled Substances Act (found in RCW 69.50) in response to the Washington Supreme Court recent decision in State vs. Blake. Contrary to the decisions in countless cases before Courts of Appeals and prior State Supreme Court rulings, the Court yesterday concluded that the current definition (RCW 69.50.4013) of the crime of Possession of a Contr...

STATEMENT ON QUALIFIED IMMUNITY LEGISLATION HOUSE BILL 1202
February 17, 2021 OLYMPIA — The Washington Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) issued the following statement today by President Marco Monteblanco: “The Washington Fraternal Order of Police has worked closely with Rep. My-Linh Thai to ensure House Bill 1202 includes sufficient legal protection for peace officers. If approved, House Bill 1202 would establish a new state standard for qualified immunity to replace the current federal regulations. Rep. Thai has been responsive to the conce...

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