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WASHINGTON FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE STATEMENT ON “BLAKE BILL” CHANGES TO WASHINGTON DRUG STATUTES
KENNEWICK, April 27, 2021 — The Washington Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) released the following statement regarding legislation enacted to address changes in Washington drug statutes in response to the State Supreme Court ruling in State v. Blake: “The most important element of this legislation is that it provides time and a structure for all stakeholders to come together and work collaboratively to develop an appropriate long-term fix for the state’s laws regarding drug posses...

WASHINGTON FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE STATEMENT ON BENTON COUNTY SHERIFF RECALL EFFORT
KENNEWICK, April 23, 2021 — A Benton County signature-gathering effort has successfully collected the required number of signatures to place a petition to recall Benton County Sheriff Jerry Hatcher on the ballot, marking another important next step in the recall process. Marco Monteblanco, president of the Washington Fraternal Order of Police, said, “Trust is one of the most integral components of our work as peace officers. Regrettably, Sheriff Hatcher’s actions have raised...

President Monteblanco's Interview on KIRO News Regarding Pending Changes to Law Enforcement
"We need to go out there and do things to make sure ALL citizens, including our law enforcement professionals, are safe." Watch the full video by clicking HERE.

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...

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