Cop to lawmakers: Don’t let Washington become "cop-killing capital"

  • Jerry Cornfield
  • Wednesday, February 3, 2010 1:33pm
  • Local News

Today, with resolutions and legislation, the House and Senate honored the lives and service of police officers killed in the line of duty last year.

Lawmaker after lawmaker spoke, some in tears, during the sessions.

In the Senate, emotions may have peaked when Pierce County Det. Ed Troyer asked legislators to ensure laws they pass can be carried out effectively.

Here is an excerpt:

“We need to avoid the illusion that laws enforce themselves. Often legislation is well motivated, but there are no resources to carry out the mandate.

“Let’s not be known as the cop killing capital of the USA here in the state of Washington. It is unacceptable, it hurts the hearts of our citizens and it will hurt our economy. Businesses will think twice about expanding or relocating a business to an area with horrendous crime.

“Currently we are not supervising felons, contemplating closing prisons and jails, and law enforcement agencies are losing positions,” he said. “This is a bad mix and may be creating the perfect storm. Having any legislation without funding for resources pushing the mandates down to the local agencies will provide shoddy if any enforcement behind the laws.”

Those were pretty strong words to be spoken. Others had the same impression that it might not have been the best time and place for delivering such a message.

“This is a complex place and we’re all trying to work to get the best result and sometimes inflammatory statements don’t help,” said Don Pierce, executive director of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.

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