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WAFOP CRITICIZES LOW BAIL FOR SUSPECTS IN AMBUSH OF RENTON POLICE OFFICER
KENNEWICK, WA (Sept. 11, 2021) Members of the Washington Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) issued their support today for a Renton police officer who was ambushed in her marked patrol car Tuesday, criticizing the initial low bail for the accused suspects. WAFOP President Marco Monteblanco condemned the shooting and chastised the judge for setting such low bail for an unprovoked, violent attack on the officer, who was shot at multiple times. King County prosecutors initially requested $...

WASHINGTON FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE APPLAUDS APPOINTMENT OF JON LAW AS INTERIM BENTON COUNTY SHERIFF
KENNEWICK (Aug. 18, 2021) - The Washington Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) issued the following statement today in support of the Benton County Commissioners’ appointment of Commander Jon Law as interim Benton County Sheriff. “We want to applaud the Benton County Commissioners on their selection of Jon Law as interim Benton County Sheriff. Commander Law brings extensive law enforcement experience as a line officer to this position. He is the right person to lead the department and will...

Letter from the President on SB5051 Social Media Signature
August 10, 2021 (updated August 18) Brothers and Sisters, E2SSB 5051 made several additions to the personal information peace officers must authorize the CJTC to access. Items added include things such as checking a national decertification index; all CJTC records, all disciplinary files from previous employers (including the reason for separation) and, most importantly for this email, “social media accounts.” Please note that the law is very clear on one point: Officers are NOT requi...

WASHINGTON FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE REQUESTS FORMAL AG OPINION ON POLICE TACTICS, USE OF FORCE MEASURES
KENNEWICK (July 22, 2021) — The Washington Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) said today they support a request for a formal written legal opinion from the Washington State Attorney General regarding the implementation of ESHB 1310 and ESHB 1054, the use of force and police tactics bills approved in the 2021 legislative session. The support comes in response to decisions by some law enforcement executives to remove less-lethal weapons from service in response to ESHB 1310 and ESHB 1054. ...

WASHINGTON FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE DENOUNCE TARGETED RACIST GRAFFITI ON KENNEWICK GUILD PRESIDENT’S CAR
(Kennewick, WA, June 24, 2021) The Washington Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) issued the following statement today in response to a targeted use of graffiti on the personal car of Kennewick Police Officer James Canada, who is black. The car was spray painted with a derogatory slang term calling for violence against law enforcement. Canada also serves as president of the Kennewick Police Officers’ Benefit Association. “We are disgusted and deeply disturbed by this cowardly action, tar...

WASHINGTON FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE STATEMENT ON SIGNING OF POLICE REFORM MEASURES
OLYMPIA, May 19, 2021 — With a dozen police reform measures now signed into law, the Washington Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) today reaffirmed their disappointment in several aspects of these bills but remains committed to collaboratively implementing the new policies and restoring trust in the profession of law enforcement. WAFOP President Marco Monteblanco said the reforms approved this legislative session reflect the changing nature of policing, both in Washington state and a...

WASHINGTON FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE STATEMENT ON CERTIFICATION OF BENTON COUNTY RECALL PETITION
KENNEWICK May 6, 2021 — The effort to recall Benton County Sheriff Jerry Hatcher cleared a key milestone Thursday with the certification of recall petition signatures, said Marco Monteblanco, president of the Washington Fraternal Order of Police. “Today’s certification of signatures means voters will have the opportunity to decide whether Sheriff Jerry Hatcher should continue to serve in his capacity as sheriff. This is another important step toward rebuilding public trust in Bent...

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