• December 20, 2014
  • 2013 Winter Meeting Highlights
    Updated On: Feb 26, 2013

    Highlights of WACOPS Winter 2013 General Membership Meeting

    (Print Version)

    The 2013 WACOPS Legislative Meeting was held in Olympia January 16-18.  Due to illness and conflicting schedules, we had a lower than normal participation rate. Thanks to the tremendous effort put forth by those attending, the meeting was an outstanding success. 

    Several awards were bestowed at the meeting including the presentation of plaques to retiring Executive Board Members Brian Wurts and Dave Hayes. We were also honored to have Senator Don Benton, Senator Ann Rivers, and Representative Mike Sells present to be recognized as the 2012 WACOPS Legislators of the Year. 

    Senator Don Benton

    Representative Ann Rivers

    Representative Mike Sells

    The 2012 WACOPS Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award was awarded to Deputy Dan Scott, Snohomish County Deputy’s Association, by the honorable Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen. Several members of the sheriff’s department were in attendance including Rick Hawkins who read the nomination speech and Dave Hayes, who submitted the nomination.

    We were privileged to have three law enforcement officers that are serving in the State House of Representatives speak to our group. Dave Hayes, Jeff Holy, and Chris Hurst updated us on upcoming legislation and emphasized the importance of continued involvement in the process. 

    Other speakers on the agenda included LEOFF 2 Board Executive Director, Steve Nelson, who briefed the membership on possible upcoming LEOFF legislation. Brian Johnston, President of Behind the Badge, spoke about the history and future goals of the organization. And Ed Suddock, Seattle Business Insurance, Inc., reviewed the new individual life insurance being offered through PSEII.

    The WACOPS 2013 legislative agenda was reviewed and discussed in detail. The agenda concentrates on our three primary issues; LEOFF pensions, workplace issues, and criminal justice reforms. Budgetary concerns will be the top priority again this year.

    2013 WACOPS

    Legislative

    Agenda

    Thursday was spent on the hill with officers meeting one on one with their local legislators. This was followed by our legislative reception that was attended by over 150 elected officials and staff.  Thanks to the CJTC, we were able to offer hands-on demonstrations of Shoot Don’t Shoot and the driving simulator. It was a great opportunity to follow up discussions in a fun, social setting
    The WACOPS Benevolent Fund poker tournament and raffle raised $800. This money is used to assist guilds and families when they have injured or fallen officers. Guilds are challenged to continue to provide quality prizes so we can build this fund. The drawing for the trip to National Police Week  was won by Officer Carl Lanham, Bellingham PD.
    We thank all of our members for volunteering their time and effort. Without you the meeting would not have been such a success.


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