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WASHINGTON FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE STATEMENT REGARDING STATE SUPREME COURT OPINION CONFIRMING BENTON COUNTY SHERIFF JERRY HATCHER RECALL EFFORT MAY PROCEED
The Washington Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) issued the following statement strongly supporting today’s Washington State Supreme Court decision regarding the petition to recall Benton County Sheriff Jerry Hatcher. In a unanimous opinion, the Court summarized its decision that all eight charges in the recall petition are legally and factually sufficient and may proceed to be put before the voters. “As dedicated law enforcement officers, we are never happy to see one of our own ...

Mandating COVID 19 Vaccine Policies
ISSUE: Can the government require a COVID-19 vaccination for public employees? CONCLUSION: Yes. However, a mandatory vaccine policy must comply with various employment law standards including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the American with Disability Act. ISSUE: Should employers require a COVID-19 vaccination policy as a condition of employment? CONCLUSION: It depends. The full memo and information can be found on the website under "Discussions."

WAFOP Statement on US Capitol Riots
The Washington Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) issued the following statement today in reaction to comments made by Seattle Police Officers Guild President Mike Solan regarding SPD involvement in the Washington D.C. riots. “As peace officers sworn to protect and serve our communities, the members of the Washington Fraternal Order of Police abhor the scenes of destruction and violence witnessed at the US Capitol building earlier this week. Our role as law enforcement is to put public safet...

WAFOP Statement on Olympia Protests
January 8, 2021- Members of the Washington Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) are committed to protecting the safety and rights of our citizens, including the right to peacefully assemble and protest. We do not, however, support protests that turn destructive or violent. Regardless of the issue or the political position of the protestors, there is no room for violence, destruction of public or private property, or trespassing. We condemn such actions, will take appropriate steps to pre...

LEOFF Plan 2 Retirement Board Benefit Improvement Pricing Update
The LEOFF 2 Board discussed the recently funded (2019 legislative session - $340M) benefit improvement account (BIA). Recall the intent/idea of the BIA was to establish a place/fund where money (state dollars really) could be placed to buy future benefit enhancements that would avoid a rate increase to fund. At the previous LEOFF 2 Board meeting, the Board asked staff to develop certain benefit improvement cost scenarios. Information regarding the BIA is at the following link https://leo...

WAFOP Statement on WA Supreme Court Benton County Sheriff Decision
(Kennewick, WA, November 10, 2020)  The Washington State Fraternal Order of Police previously released a statement supporting the Benton County Deputy Sheriff’s Guild’s decision to recall Sheriff Jerry Hatcher for violations related to improper engagement with labor, employment law violations and misuse of public funds and property. WAFOP continues to support the guild’s recall efforts based on clear and overwhelming evidence after review by the Washington Supreme Court. The ...

WAFOP's Statement on Team Blue Initiative
November 3, 2020 (Olympia, WA) Having been asked by many of our members and others, the WAFOP issues the following statement on the current Team Blue initiative: The Washington Fraternal Order of Police share Team Blue’s goal to ensure that law enforcement officers across Washington have the resources and tools they need to adequately protect the communities they serve. However, this is the type of complex issue best resolved by the Legislature, where thoughtful deliberation and give...

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