The Washington State Fraternal Order of Police would like to express our support for Washington Senate Bill 5280 and companion Washington House Bill 1398 which amends the existing hate crime statute to include Law Enforcement officers. On behalf of all law enforcement members and their families, the Fraternal Order of Police is deeply troubled with the blatant targeting of officers throughout this nation simply because of the uniform they wear and the badge they pin on every day to protect the citizens of their communities.
The increase in ambush style attacks nationwide should be a concern to everyone. Washington State is not immune to these cowardly attacks. Recently, five shots were fired into the Pierce County Sheriff’s Station while Deputies were inside. Fortunately, no Deputies were injured. No one can forget the cowardly attack of our Brothers and Sisters (the Lakewood 4) 8 years ago, where 4 outstanding officers were ambushed and lost their lives.
Discrimination comes in all shapes and sizes. The Washington State Fraternal Order of Police would like to encourage EVERY elected official, and the citizens throughout the State of Washington, to denounce the violent attacks on police officers. Standing together we can tell criminals no one deserves to be targeted for the color of your skin, your sexuality, your religious beliefs, your style of dress, and in this case the profession you have chosen.
We encourage every elected official and every citizen, to show your men and women in Law Enforcement, they appreciate the risk they take to protect all people and show the families of those who have made the supreme sacrifice protecting our citizens that their death meant something.
The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest National Police Organization in the United States representing over 330,000 Law Enforcement Officers. The Washington State Fraternal Order of Police represents officers in city, county, state and federal Law Enforcement agencies. Our members live and work in the communities we serve.
We appreciate the support of our law enforcement partners - Washington State Council of Police Officers (WACOPS) and the Council of Metropolitan Police and Sheriffs (COMPAS) - who share the same concerns about protecting police officers in Washington State and throughout the country.