WA FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE - LEGISLATIVE APPROACHES
Tuesday, 02 March 2021
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...
WASHINGTON FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE URGES ADOPTION OF HOUSE BILL 1054 — LAW ENFORCEMENT TACTICS
Monday, 01 March 2021
OLYMPIA, February 26, 2021 — Representatives from the Washington Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) are urging lawmakers to adopt Substitute House Bill 1054, which would establish new rules governing law enforcement tactics within the state.
“We recognize the need to change law enforcement procedures to meet our communities’ expectations and strengthen trust with those we serve,” said WAFOP President Marco Monteblanco. “The amended version of House Bill 1054 would take important...
WASHINGTON FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE URGE LEGISLATIVE FIX TO POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE STATUTE
Friday, 26 February 2021
OLYMPIA, February 26, 2021- The Washington Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) today urged the Legislature to immediately amend Washington’s Uniform Controlled Substances Act (found in RCW 69.50) in response to the Washington Supreme Court recent decision in State vs. Blake.
Contrary to the decisions in countless cases before Courts of Appeals and prior State Supreme Court rulings, the Court yesterday concluded that the current definition (RCW 69.50.4013) of the crime of Possession of a Contr...
STATEMENT ON QUALIFIED IMMUNITY LEGISLATION HOUSE BILL 1202
Thursday, 18 February 2021
February 17, 2021
OLYMPIA — The Washington Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) issued the following statement today by President Marco Monteblanco:
“The Washington Fraternal Order of Police has worked closely with Rep. My-Linh Thai to ensure House Bill 1202 includes sufficient legal protection for peace officers. If approved, House Bill 1202 would establish a new state standard for qualified immunity to replace the current federal regulations.
Rep. Thai has been responsive to the conce...
STATEMENT ON PIERCE COUNTY JUDGE STANLEY RUMBAUG RELEASE OF DRIVE-BY-SHOOTING SUSPECT
Thursday, 04 February 2021
OLYMPIA, February 4, 2021— The Washington Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) issued the following statement today by President Marco Monteblanco:
“The Washington Fraternal Order of Police has serious concerns with the decision of Pierce County Superior Court Judge Stanley Rumbaug to ignore the prosecutor’s recommendation and instead rule that a suspect in a drive-by shooting should be released from custody without bail. Releasing a dangerous suspect accused of firing 23 shots sends a ch...
WASHINGTON FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE STATEMENT ON TACOMA POLICE INCIDENT, OVERNIGHT PROTESTS
Monday, 25 January 2021
TACOMA — The Washington Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) released the following statement regarding destructive protests over a Jan. 23 incident in which a Tacoma police officer drove through a crowd gathered for illegal street racing:
“It is important that we allow the Pierce County Force Investigation Team to conduct a thorough review of this incident. As officers dedicated to rebuilding the trust and bonds between law enforcement and the communities we serve, members of the Washingto...
WASHINGTON FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE STANDS BY PLACEMENT OF BENTON COUNTY SHERIFF JERRY HATCHER ON BRADY LIST
Monday, 25 January 2021
OLYMPIA — The Washington Fraternal Order of Police (WAFOP) announced today its support for the placement of Benton County Sheriff Jerry Hatcher on the county’s Brady list. This decision comes on the heels of the Washington State Supreme Court opinion allowing the recall petition to remove him from office. The Brady list includes the names of law enforcement officers whose credibility could be impeached at trial based on information about their truthfulness, honesty, or bias in a case.