On behalf of the Washington State Lodge Executive Board, we have been extremely active on behalf of the members. It is an honor to report that the Washington State Lodge has endorsed Dino Rossi in his bid to become the next US Representative for Washington’s 8th Congressional District. Congressman Dave Reichert has decided not to run for another term. Congressman Reichert has been an advocate for Law Enforcement in Washington State and we appreciate his hard work in protecting the rights for officers. Mr. Rossi has large shoes to fill but we believe he would do an outstanding job on behalf of Law Enforcement in Washington.
Legislative Chairman James Schrimpsher and I had a meeting with Governor Inslee on January 13th in Olympia. Governor Inslee requested the meeting with the FOP and other Law Enforcement groups to discuss Initiative I940, which would change the deadly force law in Washington. Our reports are that the Initiative gained enough signatures to be placed on the ballot.
The Washington State Fraternal Order of Police cannot stress enough how important this issue is to all of Law Enforcement. The purpose of this initiative is not about additional training, but its sole purpose is to change the law in order to prosecute police officers for making split second decisions in the course of their duties. It will take a unified effort with all of our members and our Stakeholder partners in order to defeat the initiative.
As we move forward into 2018, my hope is that we will remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice here in Washington State. Brothers like Pierce County Deputy Daniel McCartney, who is leaving us far before his time. May we keep his family, friends and all of his brother and sisters in the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office in our thoughts and prayers as they try to heal and move forward without one of Law Enforcements finest here in Washington State.