As we enter the 2016 Holiday season, there are many things we should be thankful for. The growth within this great organization in Washington State and the dedication of our membership to this order has been a huge part of our success this past year. Most importantly, we should be grateful for the family support and the support of our brothers and sisters in Law Enforcement.
We have faced many challenges as a profession and without the support of our families at home and our families in Law Enforcement it would be far more difficult. We need to continue to band together to overcome the perception some of our citizens have towards Law Enforcement.
That being said, we have an excellent opportunity to show our citizens that we are more than just police officers. We have programs that the Grand Lodge allows us to utilize within the communities we live in. The Cops & Kids program allows our members to get out in the community and help kids during the holiday season by providing a way for children in need to purchase gifts for their families. If your lodges are not involved in the Cops & Kids program, I encourage you to start this program in your area.
As most of you are aware, the Use of Force Taskforce had their last meeting November 21st. This Taskforce was geared around the Deadly Force language in Washington State Law and many special interest organizations want to change the language. Lodge 23 member Travis Adams was the Washington State FOP representative to that Taskforce. The State Executive Board would like to thank Brother Adams for his dedication to Law Enforcement and his willingness to sit on this Taskforce.
As we gear up for 2017, we have a huge opportunity to get our voices heard on the concerns we have with changing the language. We have a Legislative Day on the Hill in Olympia January 18th and 19th. It is extremely important that all of our lodges get involved with this event. Having that one on one meeting with our local legislators can make all the difference. We need your help with making this event a priority. If you haven’t committed yet, please do so by contacting Vice Presidents Bill Splawn or Mike Peterson so we can have accurate numbers. We need to have our numbers in by December 17th. Secretary Dills will be sending out an updated agenda in the near future.
On behalf of the entire Washington State Executive Board, I want to thank all of you for what you do on behalf of the FOP and would like to wish all of you a safe and happy holiday season.
Marco Monteblanco, President
Washington State FOP
Washington State Fraternal Order of Police
Office of the President
Olympic Mountain Lodge #23 Fraternal Order of Police