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 across the country.
“The Washington Fraternal Order of Police and the 3,200 law enforcement officers we
represent recognize the need for change within the law enforcement profession in order to
rebuild the public’s trust in what we as peace officers do every day,” said Monteblanco. “In the
wake of a multitude of well-publicized events here in Washington and across the country, it was
inevitable that the 2021 session of the Legislature would produce significant changes to state
law governing the way in which we go about our day-to-day work. Recognizing the changing
realities governing our work, challenging our own comfort level with the status quo, being
willing to pivot, and move forward to help shape community-driven changes is the best
“While we disagree with several provisions of the bills signed by the governor, this approach is
what’s necessary to begin rebuilding the trust, confidence and relationships we need within the
communities we serve. We have chosen to engage and connect with community organizations,
victims’ advocacy groups, and lawmakers themselves to seek common ground without unduly
compromising the ability of our members and all peace officers to do their jobs,” he added.
“While we did not support much of the legislation put forward in the 2021 session, the WAFOP
appreciates the efforts of lawmakers who sought to understand the concerns of the rank-andfile peace officers as part of the Legislature’s deliberations worked hard to make sure the
concerns of officers in the field were a part of the discussions. The real work now begins as we
take up these changes and start to ingrain them in our practice as professionals in the
communities we serve.”