Washington State's Law Enforcement Community Endorses Governor Jay Inslee
WACOPS, COMPAS and State Troopers Throw Their Sole Support to the Governor, Citing His Strong Record on Public Safety
All Three Organizations Endorsed Inslee's Former Opponent, Republican Rob McKenna, 4 Years Ago
Seattle – Today, three of the state's major law enforcement organizations endorsed Governor Jay Inslee, citing his strong record on public safety. The Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs, the Washington State Patrol Troopers Association and the Council of Metropolitan Police and Sheriffs, which represents King County Sheriffs, the Seattle Police Management Association, King County Sheriffs Management, and the Seattle Police Officers, all gave their sole endorsement to the Governor. All three organizations endorsed Republican Rob McKenna four years ago in his run for governor against Inslee.
“Jay Inslee is the only choice for the law enforcement community this year," said Renee Maher, Executive Director of the Council of Metropolitan Police and Sheriffs (COMPAS). "He has stood up for our members and has proven to be a strong leader with a level-headed approach in times of crisis. We are proud to support his reelection.”
“The WSP Troopers Association comprised of troopers from every corner of the state strongly endorse Governor Inslee's re-election efforts," said Jeff Merrill, Washington State Patrol Troopers Association. "When the citizens of our state were placed in jeopardy by a severe shortage of troopers, Gov Inslee took on the issue and resolved the problem. We have witnessed Gov. Inslee's unending commitment to the health and safety of the citizens of this state and the employees we represent and we look forward to another 4 years of his leadership!”
"Governor Inslee's support of law enforcement officers and work to assure they have the necessary training, investments, and coordination of resources is the leadership needed to ensure we have safer communities," said Craig Bulkley, President of the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs.
"I'm proud to have the support of Washington's law enforcement community," said Governor Jay Inslee. "They put their lives on the line to protect and to serve us, and they deserve our commitment to providing them the support, training and resources they need to keep our communities safe."
Gov. Inslee Launched Comprehensive Justice Reinvestment Effort Aimed At Developing Strategies To Improve Public Safety & Strengthen Law Enforcement. In June 2014, Gov. Inslee signed an executive order to create a bipartisan Justice Reinvestment Task Force aimed at identifying ways to increase public safety and strengthening law enforcement. The task force made a comprehensive proposal in January 2015. [Executive Order 14-05, Office of Gov. Jay Inslee, 6/24/14; Justice Reinvestment in Washington, January 2015]
Gov. Inslee Signed Legislation To Help Retain Current Officers At The Washington State Patrol & Recruit New Troopers. In March 2016, The Seattle Times reported, “Troopers with the Washington State Patrol are getting a raise. Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Friday that increases salaries as a way to stop waves of troopers from taking higher paying jobs at local police departments…Beginning July 1, officers will get a 5 percent pay boost… The bill also requires salaries for troopers and sergeants to be competitive with local agencies starting next July; expands marketing efforts to help recruit new troopers; and makes other departmental changes to retain current officers.” [The Seattle Times, 3/25/16]
Gov. Inslee Intervened To Save The Critical Incident Planning & Mapping System, A Program Designed To Help First Responders During An Emergency. In June 2016, The News Tribune reported, “State officials have found a way to save a school-mapping program designed to help first responders during emergencies such as school shootings. On Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee tapped $500,000 from an emergency fund to continue the Critical Incident Planning and Mapping System, a software program that contains maps and emergency plans for the state's K-12 schools and community colleges. The mapping program, which would have been suspended July 1 due to a lack of funding, now will continue through next year, when the state Legislature reconvenes and can find permanent funding for it, officials said.” [The News Tribune, 6/14/16]
To Reduce Gun-Related Fatalities, Gov. Inslee Directed The State To Identify Ways To Improve Information Sharing Between Law Enforcement & Other Entities. In January 2016, Inslee signed an executive order to launch a statewide public health initiative aimed at reducing gun-related fatalities. “He is directing the state Office of Financial Management to analyze the effectiveness of information sharing between state agencies, the courts, local jurisdictions, law enforcement and other entities to determine if there are ways to improve the effectiveness of the system.” [Office of Gov. Jay Inslee, 1/6/16]