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3 HR-218 Shoots for 2016

3 HR-218 Shoots for 2016

 

3 HR-218 Shoots for 2016

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RETIRED OFFICER QUALIFICATION SHOOT

SPOKANE POLICE ACADEMY

 Qualifications for Retired Officer, HR-218, will be held on

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

0900 – 1400 hours

Spokane Police Academy Range

2302 N. Waterworks

Spokane, WA  99212

This qualification is FREE of charge for ALL retired officers

 AMMUNITION is not included

FREE lunch will be provided again from 1200 to 1300 hrs.

To reserve a shooting time or for further information contact:

Bob Bro at:  blakob@comcast.net

(509) 953-5066  fax  (509) 448-9639

*Please check out the important rifle information below!!!

Thank you for the support from these organizations and individuals for this year:

WSLEA

Spokane Retired Police Officers & Spouses Assoc.

Wash. Council of Police & Sheriff’s

Spokane Police Guild

Spokane F.O.P. Lodge #20

Robert Bro

Jack Pearson

Thomas Chapman

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

PLEASE MAY I HAVE MY VOLUNTEERS THAT WOULD LIKE TO

HELP AGAIN THIS YEAR PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH ME SO I

CAN MAKE THE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS, THANK YOU?

Qualifying Platforms:

  1. Striker Fired i.e.:  Glock, Smith & Wesson, etc.
  2. Revolver
  3. 1911 Single Action models

You may qualify with one or as many platforms as you choose.  We assign shooting times for each platform.

Shooters, please either send via email or fax a copy of the

Liability Wavier (page 2) and/or the Basic Covert Carry/Off Duty

Proficiency Course (page 3).  You may bring these forms with you on the

day of the qualification.  The registration lines run faster if these have been filled out prior to the qualification, thank you.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Fun .223 AR Rifle platform shoot – June 14, 2016  @ 0900 hrs.

2 Classes – Open Sights & Optics – Trophies for both classes

Ammunition will be supplied for the rifle shoot only!!!!!!!

Please email Bob Bro to sign up so I know how many folks to expect.   blakob@comcast.net

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 HR 218 Qualifications

May 14, 2016

HR218 Firearms Qualification / Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act

10:00 AM Saturday, May 14, 2016

Chehalis Police Department Range

Chehalis, Washington

The LEASW invites you to join us for an 8:00am no-host breakfast on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Denny’s Restaurant off Exit 76/Hwy 5 in Chehalis, WA (east side of Hwy 5).

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FEES: $40.00 for all qualified participants

Registration and Payment Deadline: Saturday, May 7, 2016

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REQUEST REGISTRATION DOCUMENTS from Carol Hurley: (360) 985-0748 / cjhurley@hughes.net

NOTE: Please send checks made payable to “LEASW” along with your completed registration form to: LEASW, P.O. Box 1015, Centralia, WA 98531.

Questions???Contact LEASW HR218 Coordinator Tracy Wiese at 360-269-9181 / dicktracy@lewiscounty.com, or Executive Assistant James E. Eckrich at 360-951-9298 / jeeckrich@aol.com.

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HR 218 qualifications

Once again we are sponsoring another HR 218 qualifications for all retired law enforcement officers.  I began this service for our retired brothers and sisters ten years ago.  A non profit service for only $15.00.  Open to all retired officers, with no requirements for membership in any organization, club or association.

 If you would please send out this flyer to all of our brothers and sisters in the WSRSDPOA it would be greatly appreciated as always.

As always I appreciate our association for it’s assistance in getting this information out to our retired officers.

My best regards,

Bradd Reynolds

WSRSDPOA member

PD Centralia Retired

360.740.9680

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hot Sheet March 2016

the Hot Sheet

Washington State Retired Deputy Sheriffs and Police Officers Association
P.O. Box 1805, Sumner, WA 98390
Website:  www.wsrdspoa.org
March 2016
 
President
Mike Clements, Richland PD
Vice Presidents
West: Ralph Waddle, King Co SO
East: Don McCabe, Spokane Co SO
Secretary
Stan Reider, Lincoln Co SO
Treasurer
Tina Waddle, King County
 
 Executive Board
West Members At Large:
   Ron Johnston, Tukwila PD; Doug Partlow, Tukwila PD; Mike Chaney, Des Moines PD
 
East Members At Large:
Felix Ramon, Grant Co SO; Diane Erickson, Spokane Co SO; Dennis Hooper, Spokane PD
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Meeting Schedules
 
Puget Sound Area
2nd Tues. of the Month 11:00AM 
 
Black Bear Diner
32065 Pacific Hwy S
Federal Way, WA
 
Spokane County
Retired Sheriff Deputies, Employees and Spouses Association
1st Monday of the Month at 11:30AM 
 
Darcy’s Restaurant
10502 E Sprague Ave.
Spokane Valley, WA
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Executive Board Meeting
 
Eastside Board Meeting
Darcy’s Restaurant
10502 E Sprague Ave.
Spokane Valley, WA
Tuesday, April 6
11:00AM 
 
 
West side Board Meeting & Dinner
***NEW DATE***
Muckleshoot Casino Tuesday, June 7
4:00 P.M.
 
WSRDSPOA ANNUAL CONVENTION
September 16 -18 2016
Kennewick, WA
 
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W.R.S.D.S.P.O.A. LEOFF II Membership

The W.S.R.D.S.P.O.A. is, by its Bylaws a social organization. Many of us have worked side by side with LOEFF II officers before retiring. There were no Issues with the job or performance with these officers during this period of time. The only real problems occurred with some of the political actions that mistakenly threatened the LEOFF I Health Care Program that was attempted by some LEOFF II organizations. These attempts were thwarted by the efforts of LEOFF I Organizations such as the Retired Seattle Police Officers Association, the LEOFF I Coalition and others. Several of the organizations supporting the protection of the LEOFF I Health Care Program contain LEOFF II Members that had no knowledge or interest in changing the programs as they stood then or are in force today. By including LEOFF II members in our association we will increase our Washington State voting numbers and increase our voice in Olympia. I encourage you to consider the inclusion of LEOFF II members as full, voting members in our association. Also consider donating to the LEOFF I Coalition. They are a defending organization for our retirement program and our healthcare benefits.

Joe Dawson
Past President
WSRDSPOA
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How do I contact my Legislator?
 
This is a pretty important time for us LEOFF folks, in the following pages you will find two important bills making their way through the process. They need your response ASAP! To contact your legislator all you have to do is go to: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/Default.aspx or those of you without internet you can send a brief message to your district legislators through the in-state toll-free Hotline number:
1-800-562-6000.
 
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**SB-6668 Update 2/29/2016**
 
Once again the State of Washington is making a run at the LEOFF 1 retirement system. Everyone, whether we are LEOFF 1 or LEOFF 2, need to pay close attention to this bill and make your voices heard in Olympia. This is where we can come together and fight for each other, the more voices heard the better. LEOFF 2, if you think this doesn’t affect you just look into the not so distant future and this could be the state going after the LEOFF 2 pension system. Please read the article below, it was written by Jerry Taylor and posted on the leoff1.net web site. We want to thank Jerry on his vigilance in Olympia.      LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE: 1-800-562-6000
 
1) Merger will result in two underfunded systems.

The latest funding figures are from the 2014 Valuation. In that document TRS 1 is funded at only 69%.  In contrast LEOFF 1 is funded at 127%.  The LEOFF 1 plan is one of the healthiest plans in the state and even the nation.  In contrast, TRS 1 is one of the worst funded systems.  If this bill passes, LEOFF 1 will cease to be fully funded as the combined plans would be only 87%.  And, that would be after injecting $5.5 billion of LEOFF 1 funds into TRS 1.

It should be noted that as of the 2004 valuation LEOFF 1, with 7,900 members, had $5.5 billion in assets whereas TRS 1 with 35,800 had $6.3 billion in assets.
It makes no sense to move a perfectly healthy pension system into deficit.  In fact, it is irresponsible and a violation of the duty of our elected officials to look after the interests of the citizens.
2) Teachers and Fire Fighters and Police Officers are different.

Teachers are charged with educating our children.  They work nine months a year in that effort.  Of course they are burdened with other responsibilities but many have the opportunity to generate extra income or increase their professional status during the summer recess period.  Their job is inside a building and generally safe from attack.  We do not mean to suggest they have a lighter burden, but they certainly have a different work schedule and different duties.

Contrast that with a fire fighter.  We have to staff our fire departments 24 hours a day and seven days a week.  We expect our fire fighter to be highly trained and physically able to endure difficult situations.  We expect our fire fighter to run into a burning building while we expect our teachers to usher our children out of a burning building.  The physical toll on fire fighters is extraordinary.  Most of them can count of diminished health in their senior years occasioned to some degree from the physical demands of their job.  Fire Fighters are heroes.  They keep us safe.
 

Law Enforcement Officers also must work on the 24/7 staffing mode.  Most of their work involves being in the elements.  We put tremendous demands of them to always perform their jobs with perfection and even threaten them with disciple and even criminal prosecution if they fail.  Like the Fire Fighter, Police Officers run toward trouble not away from it.  And police officers frequently die providing the services demanded by the citizens.  It is stressful and dangerous but it is also essential, as society cannot exist without public safety.  Police Officers are heroes.  They keep us safe.

The reason public safety pensions are separate from other pension systems is that government has traditionally recognized that the service provided by our police and fire services are unique and demand special construction.  Simply looking at the funding status of our public safety pensions clearly shows that the State has recognized the special situation relative to police and fire.  Our legislature has funded these public safety pensions while leaving our teachers to languish in deficit.
It is shameful that government would even consider turning its back on those who have dedicated their entire working life to protecting our citizens.
 
3) A plan already exists to take TRS out of deficit. 
TRS 1 has a funding plan that will take it out of deficit by 2027.  The contribution rates need to do that are already in the law and have already been passed by the legislature.  Nothing further needs to be done.
 
4) A money grab.
So, if the plans are so different and the formula for healing TRS 1 is already in place, why do the merger?  The answer is it is not really about making TRS 1 healthy.  That plan is already in place.  It is about getting money for the state coffers.

LEOFF 1 has been in surplus since 1999.  In fact the pension contributions for LEOFF 1 were eliminated in 2000.  It has been clear since 2000 that various legislators and other agencies wanted access to that surplus.  Two bills were proposed to take money out of the system. The first bill would have taken $200 million out of the system to be used for non-pension items. The second bill in 2001 was SB 6166, which would have terminated LEOFF 1 with the state taking all the funds.  Both of these attempts failed.  They failed because they would not stand up to the law.  It is simply illegal to take pension money.  It is illegal under contract law and under IRS rules.

Then came HB 2068 in 2010 attempting to merger LEOFF 1 into LEOFF 2.  That failed.  Then came HB 2097 attempting the same thing again.  It also failed.  The underlying goal was to get the LEOFF 1 surplus under the control of the LEOFF 2 board.  That would have created a situation where funding would be available for enhanced benefits for LEOFF 2.  A token $85 million would have been freed up for the legislature by a change in state contributions.

Traditionally the legislature has gotten its hands on the money not by taking it by rather by changing the contribution scheme.  That is because it is illegal to take it.  In 2000 the legislature freed up funds by eliminating LEOFF 1 pension contributions.  So they have already had their bite of the apple and they should not be allowed another.

This new merger proposal is not so much a repair of TRS 1 as it is a freeing up of money that can stay in the state coffers.  They lower the employer contribution rates to 4.24% from the currently projected 5.75% and save $75 million in the last four months of 2016 and over $243 million in the 2017-2019 budget.  Additional savings for local government would be $31 million in 2016 and $100 million in 2017-2019.  And, that rate of savings continues and grows through 2012 with the state getting $1.5 billion and local government $600 million for a total of over $2 billion.  Of course it is a money grab.
 
5) Deprives Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters of fair representation.

Over the years numerous changes and adjustments have been made to the LEOFF 1 system.  Almost all of these have been housekeeping measures to correct errors in the law or to add a new benefit that had no fiscal impact.  For example post retirement spouse coverage.  We have been able to make these corrections because LEOFF 1 member could directly approach the legislature for redress or consideration.

One of the primary objections to the proposed LEOFF 1/LEOFF 2 merger bills is that or position in a much larger group under control of a board populated almost entirely of LEOFF 2 members would not be responsive to LEOFF 1 needs.  Hence we would be under represented.

The proposed merger would merge 35,825 TRS 1 members with 7,870 LEOFF 1 members.  LEOFF 1 would comprise only 18% of the membership and our ability to influence the TRS membership would be severely limited.  This would not be so much of a problem if the pensions and benefits were truly similar.  But they are not similar and LEOFF 1 membership would not have fair representation. Oh, one should all look at the money.  The 7,870 LEOFF 1 members would put in $5.5 billion while the 35,825 TRS 1 members would put in only $6.4 billion.  LEOFF 1 would put in 46% and get only an 18% representation.
 
6) Developed in secret.

It appears obvious that this bill was not developed on a bar napkin and then submitted to the legislature the next day.  It is a bit complicated and structured so as to create a sense of continuing to provide all existing benefits and just taking away the money.  The legislators that developed this bill know who the LEOFF 1 leaders are.  We have all been in Olympia frequently and Dick Warbrouck has been there almost every day. It seems extremely arrogant that they would not discuss the proposal with the stakeholder before crafting the bill.  I guess it means they thought we would object.  Well, they were right there.

Of course this is not new.  Efforts so make changes in the pension often come this route.  The bill is dropped at the last possible minute in the session with no notice.  It is a direct violation of their own rules and the requirement that pension bills first go to the Select Committee on Pension Policy.
 
7) Proposed $5,000 payment is grossly inadequate.
The bill seems to recognize how unfairly the LEOFF 1 members are being treated in this proposal.  It attempts to mitigate that unfairness by granting to each LEOFF 1 members a one-time payment of $5,000.  This is in exchange for $1.2 billion dollars in surplus.  Hardly a fair deal and not likely to gain many endorsements from LEOFF 1 members.  The payment would amount to $39 million and would not alter the funding status of the combined fund.  Without the payment the TRS 1 funding status would go from 69% to 87%.  With the payout it would still be 87%. So why not make an offer that might attract some interest, say $50,000?  That amounts to $394 million dollars.  Not so bad in exchange for $1.2 billion.  The funding status after such a payout – 84%.
 
By Jerry Taylor
Published on 02/29/2016
leoff1.net
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**SB-6668 Update 3/11/2016**
 
As most of you know the Senate has been trying to get a bill through to merge LEOFF 1 and TRS 1. As of right now, and things are changing by the minute, SB6668 has not completely disappeared. As you know Governor Inslee has called a special session, which still gives the senate time to try and ram this through. Please read the information below and make sure to contact your representatives and let them know what you think about this bill. I know many of you, including a lot of LEOFF 2 folks, have already done so. Please keep up with those e-mails and phone calls, they do work.

As the day progressed, word came down that SB-6668 was dead.  The Senate came up with a budget deal that did not involve SB-6668.  Senator John Braun, Chairman of the Senate Ways & Means Committee and proponent of SB-6668 wanted LEOFF 1 members to know that the bill was dead.

Thank you to all members who wrote, emailed or called their Legislators.

 

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SB-5873 UPDATE:
ESB 5873 was passed by both House and Senate and went to Governor Inslee to sign. My understanding is that this is one of 27 bills as of now that were vetoed by the governor as punishment to the legislature for not passing a budget.
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Did You Know

Wasp and Hornet Spray

While around the home, the use of a can of Wasp and Hornet spray can be a very useful defense item. The spray will usually shoot about 15 to 20 feet and if sprayed in the face will require medical attention. This far exceeds the range a can of mace or pepper spray and water will not diminish the effects. This will provide time to escape and may result in further law enforcement action. (Less expensive too.)

Home and Personal Security
Recently members have expressed concern over home invasion robberies and attacks on the elderly. In an effort to update self-defense and deterrent actions that we can take we have been provided with the following suggestions.
Key Fob Panic Button
Many retirees do not carry a firearm while carrying on with their daily routines. During these times it has been suggested that a deterrent to being accosted or attacked while traveling from stores, theaters or the gym to your vehicle while in a parking lot that we carry our keys in our hand. If you have one of the key fob type alarm systems you can attract attention to a confrontation by using the panic alarm feature that will continually honk your horn. This will usually cause an attacker to leave.
As well, the car alarm system can be used while at home or in an RV by attracting the attention of neighbors or other campers/RVers that will witness suspicious activities near you. So! Keep your keys handy.
Your keys can also be used as a weapon to gouge the face or other parts of the body in a physical confrontation.
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Some Helpful Info for LEOFF 1 Folks
 
LEOFF I Medical Benefits
It’s important to remember that your medical benefits are paid for, by law, by your employer. The LEOFF I Disability Board approves or disapproves treatments for injuries or illnesses LEOFF I members may experience.   This also includes medications. Often employers contract with insurance companies to process various medications prescribed by a LEOFF I member’s physician. Some will disapprove a medication attempting to have a generic or other medication. Remember once a drug is prescribed unless you or the Disability Board approve a substitute insurance companies must comply with the prescription. If this happens contact your employer’s LEOFF I Benefits Coordinator.
In-Home Care
Questions routinely arise regarding in-home care for LEOFF I Retirees. Often the recovery of a patient improves if they are allowed with treatment in their home. Others require more intense treatment. If we can prove that recovery is more beneficial at home the Disability Board will approve the treatments at home. Once again work through the Disability Board for approval. Make contact with your Disability Board Representative for advice.
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WSRDSPOA Membership  
Occasionally there still seems to be a misunderstanding about membership. We are still getting notes with your dues saying here is a check for “my husband’s dues”. Remember the dues are for both of you. When you sign up for membership both you and your spouse automatically become members of this fine organization. 
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RETIRED OFFICER QUALIFICATION SHOOT
SPOKANE POLICE ACADEMY
Qualifications for Retired Officer, HR-218, will be held on
 
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
 
0900 – 1400 hours
 
Spokane Police Academy Range
 
2302 N. Waterworks
 
Spokane, WA 99212
 
This qualification is FREE of charge for ALL retired officers
 
AMMUNITION is not included
 
FREE lunch will be provided again from 1200 to 1300 hrs.
 
To reserve a shooting time or for further information contact:
 
Bob Bro at: blakob@comcast.net
(509) 953-5066               fax (509) 448-9639
 
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  WEBSITE UPDATE

 How do you get onto the website? Our website is:   www.wsrdspoa.org
You need a Username and I will assign one to you.
You also will be assigned a temporary Password.
After you login, we recommend that you to go to “Profile” and change your Password. Look for the Black Bar at top of the window – right side says “Howdy, …”  Now look to left side – it shows icon of “house & WSRDSPOA” – put mouse icon over WSRDSPOA – a drop-down window shows Dashboard – click on Dashboard.
Dashboard opens along left side – click on “Profile”.
Scroll down and make your changes – scroll to bottom and click on Blue box “Update Profile”.  That should do it. This should work for adding your picture too.
 
If you have any trouble getting on to the website or have any questions, email or call me. Don McCabe – email: don.mccabe41@gmail.com or call 509 951-0399.
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DUES TIME
Your annual WSRDSPOA Dues are still $20.00 per year.
Please send your $20 check to:
W S R D S P O A
P.O. Box 1805
Sumner, WA 98390
So how do I find my dues date?
For those who still receive the Hot Sheet via US Postal Service – check the mailing label for the year of your last dues payment.
 
In order to check your dues date, log onto the website – www.wsrdspoa.org
Look for the Black bar across the top. Go to ” Howdy, (Your name)” at top right. See Dropdown window.
Go to “Edit My Profile” & Click.
Scroll down and on the left side you should see “Member Dues” & Year.
If you see 2013 or 2014 you owe dues. If you see 2015 or higher – you do not owe dues. Yes, you can pay up a few years ahead, but five or ten years is not necessary.
Besides, it does not guarantee you will live that long.  (If you have trouble logging onto the website – please email me: don.mccabe41@gmail.com or call 509-951-0399)
 
As a last resort only, you can call or email our Treasurer Tina Waddle – 253-863-9188 or tew1215@hotmail.com and she will check her records.
With WA State Legislature in session, now is not the time to get cut off for not paying your dues. Those who have a dues date of 2014 will be cutoff by April 30, 2016.
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Around the Beat:
Welcome! Our newest members to join are:
 
Ron & Peggy Brookshire, Ron is retired LEOFF 1 from the Walla Walla Police Department and loves to go 4 wheeling and wood work.
 
Allen & Jennie Foster, Allen is retired LEOFF 1 from the Mountlake Terrace Police Department and loves to hunt, fish and reload.
 
Donald (Doc) Dougherty Sr., Doc is retired LEOFF 2 from the King County Sheriff’s Office and is into home brewing, baking, golfing, target and skeet shooting.
 
Kevin & Debi Klason, Kevin is retired LEOFF 2 from the King County Sherriff’s Office and loves road trips on his motorcycle, golf and elk camp (ed. note: can’t quite call it hunting).
 
Russ & Dianna Patterson, Russ is retired LEOFF 2 from the King County Sheriff’s Office. I know Russ loves to shoot and is into guns. Dianna is still dispatching for King County.
 
Brad & Cheryl Thompson, Brad is retired LEOFF 2 Major from the King County Sheriff’s Office and loves motorcycles and road trips with them.
 
David Zanghi, Dave is retired LEOFF 2 from the King County Sheriff’s Office.
Dave spends some of his time organizing the Wednesday morning coffee club at Ritrettos in Maple Valley.
 
Joe Purcell says “Hi All” he and his bride, Melanie are still in the private investigation business and are very busy. They actually bought a second PI business, so they definitely are busy. They still spend time at their second house in Desert Aire and love to go golfing and boating.
 
Rich Krogh says ‘Hi’ and thanks to Tina & Ralph for all they do with our association.
 
Mel Woods says he is adjusting to his assisted living ‘life’ and sends warm wishes to all. Also kudos to Jenny Chung, who “worked her magic to make the move happen”.
 
Doc Dougherty is busy supporting the US Women’s Rowing team where in 2015 his daughter won two gold medals at the world rowing championships. GO USA!!
 
Frank Atchley says ‘HI’ and thanks for all your dedicated hard work.
 
John and JoAnn Simmons say keep up the good work and “enjoy your winters!!”, also thanks for being there for us old retired types.
 
Gil and Katherine Ackerman say thanks for all you do.
 

Jo and Bob Hutchinson say thanks for the good year and looking for a better one in 2016!

Members injured in Missoula, MT.
 
Judy and Woody Inslee were returning home from a Christmas visit with family in Seattle and were involved in a traffic accident after flying back to Missoula, MT. Apparently were being transported by shuttle Bus to their vehicle for the drive 40 miles to their home in Victor, Mt. Judy and Woody were reportedly ejected from the shuttle during the collision. Judy sustained minor injuries however Woody was knocked out and transported to the hospital. Reportedly a Holiday Inn shuttle was involved in an accident on the way to the airport on Dec 29 after colliding with an SUV.  Five people in the shuttle were injured. The Montana Highway Patrol reports that a Ford SUV attempted to make a left hand turn and collided with a Holiday Inn Express shuttle that was heading toward Missoula. There were five people in the SUV, and three people in the shuttle. A recent call from Judy was received by Jim Brevig, who reports that Judy sounded good despite her broken wrist. Woody has been moved from ICU to a rehab facility in Missoula. They have received many messages on their email and numerous phone calls. Judy wanted to extend her appreciation to everyone who has sent them. She wanted everyone to know that as soon as she gets more organized she intends to acknowledge everyone for their outstanding support. She has contacted an attorney that they feel comfortable with and that was a big relief. She has her daughters with her who will be helping with the matters at hand.
Deaths

Vern Thomas. Sadly, we have learned of the passing of former King County Sheriff Vern Thomas.  It is our understanding that he had been ill for a time and passed away this last Saturday, January 30th at the age of 88.  He is survived by his son and daughter, (his wife having passed away sometime within the past 5 years). Sheriff Thomas served with Seattle Police Department for 32 years,  he was then appointed as the King County Sheriff by former Executive Randy Revelle on April 18, 1983. Thomas served as Sheriff until December of 1987 and retired to the Port Angeles area.  One of his notable achievements was the formation of the Green River Task Force in 1984 in an attempt to solve mounting homicides south of Seattle.No services are planned and if anyone would like to make a contribution in Vern’s name, they suggested it be directed to any association that has something to do with law enforcement (such as the SHERIFF’s Fund, Seattle Police Department Guild, Relief Association, Retired Officers Association, etc.).

Harold Gauntlet has passed away. Retired Major Gauntlet, King Co S.O., moved out of state after retiring. He was the Commander of the Traffic Unit, Search and Rescue Unit Marine Patrol and the Sheriffs Reserve Divers and other early Special Operations before becoming the Commander of the Southeast Precinct. No information has been received about the date of his retirement.

Kevin Patrick O’Shaughnessy retired King Co. S.O. passed away in Coos Bay, OR on January 14th, 2016 at the age of 66. When he was seven years old, Kevin moved from Vancouver B.C. with his family to Seattle, where he graduated from Queen Anne High School and went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington and study criminal justice at Seattle University. In his life, Kevin loved his family, his many rescued pets, and the time he spent as a King County

police officer working with his K9 partner, Jake. In 1981, while they were tracking a robbery suspect in Black Diamond, Jake leapt ahead and took three bullets to the body, shielding Kevin – who was also hit twice on the upper body – and effectively saved his partner’s life in the process. The two recovered together, and were awarded the department’s medal of valor and blue star awards. They went on to enjoy many more years as partners on the home front. Kevin spent his last several years living in Coos Bay, OR where he loved to spend time on the water in his crabbing boat and volunteering at the local Visitor’s Center. He taught at the local prison, he became a certified diver and he spent a lot of time traveling to visit beautiful diving locations and to see his daughters and their families in Arizona and Washington, DC.

Kevin Johannes. Kevin was 51 years old, a Marine, and had been with the King County Sheriff’s Office for just short of 27 years.  He was a sergeant for almost 16 years. Right now we don’t have any further information.  Please keep Kevin’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.  What a terrible loss.

Marty Joy. Memorial Services for retired King County Sgt. Marty Joy will be held at 12:00 on Wednesday March 9th at Washington Memorial Park in Sea-Tac. Address: 16445 International Blvd, Sea-Tac, WA 98188. Burial will be at 12:30 PM on Friday April 22ndat Tahoma National Cemetery. Address: 18600 SE 240th St, Kent, WA 98042. RIP proud Marine & Deputy Sheriff.

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 From the Treasurer

Each year we purge our membership list. If you are in arrears for two years or moreyou are dropped from our records.  Last year we purged 2013 and had a banner year – only 19 members dropped!  If you last paid for 2014 your dues will be considered delinquent as of April 30.  Dues are still only $20.00 for member and spouse both, send checks to: PO Box 1805 Sumner, WA 98390.  Please include any changes in address, phone or e-mail. The year you are paid through can be found on the WSRDSPOA web page, or if you receive the Hot Sheet by USPS it is printed on your address label.  Contact Tina if you have a question, I’m happy to check our records for you. tew1215@hotmail.com  253-863-9188.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Mike Clements
, Presidentjmclements_1@msn.com  or call (509)-521-2974 (C) (509)-545-6177
Ralph Waddle, VP West Sidedeputyduck2@comcast.net  or call (253) 863-9188 (C) (243) 241-0729
Don McCabe,VP East Side & Website Administratordon.mccabe41@gmail.com  or call (509) 951-0399
Stan Reider, Secretary: standyr@mail.asisna.com or call (509) 725-3721 (C) 509 721-0765
Tina Waddle, Treasurertew1215@hotmail.com  or call (253) 863-9188
Ronnie Johnston, West Side Executive Board Member:  r7t9@aol.com or call (206) 595-6819
Doug Partlow, West Side Executive Board Memberdougpart@aol.com or call (509) 698-4648
Mike Chaney, West Side Executive Board Member6dmike@comcast.net or call (206) 926-0760
Felix Ramon, East Side Executive Board Member:   framon2@dishmail.net or call (509) 762-5973
Diane Erickson, East Side Executive Board Memberderickson024@gmail.com or call (509) 255-9156
Dennis Hooper, East Side Executive Board Memberderickson024@gmail.com or call (509) 255-9156
Zbig Kasprzyk, the Hot Sheet Editor, zkkasprzyk@gmail.com or call (206) 818-7476

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Spokane HR-218 2016 Shoot

RETIRED OFFICER QUALIFICATION SHOOT

SPOKANE POLICE ACADEMY

 Qualifications for Retired Officer, HR-218, will be held on

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

0900 – 1400 hours

 Spokane Police Academy Range

 2302 N. Waterworks

 Spokane, WA 99212

This qualification is FREE of charge for ALL retired officers

AMMUNITION is not included

FREE lunch will be provided again from 1200 to 1300 hrs.

To reserve a shooting time or for further information contact:

Bob Bro at: blakob@comcast.net

(509) 953-5066               fax (509) 448-9639

 *Please check out the important rifle information below!!!

 Thank you for the support from these organizations and individuals for this year:

 WSLEA

Spokane Retired Police Officers & Spouses Assoc.

Wash. Council of Police & Sheriff’s

Spokane Police Guild

Spokane F.O.P. Lodge #20

Robert Bro

Jack Pearson

Thomas Chapman

 IMPORTANT INFORMATION

PLEASE MAY I HAVE MY VOLUNTEERS THAT WOULD LIKE TO

HELP AGAIN THIS YEAR PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH ME SO I

CAN MAKE THE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS, THANK YOU?

 

Qualifying Platforms:

    1.     Striker Fired i.e.: Glock, Smith & Wesson, etc.

    2.     Revolver

    3.     1911 Single Action models

You may qualify with one or as many platforms as you choose. We assign shooting times for each platform.

Shooters, please either send via email or fax a copy of the Liability Wavier (page 2) and/or the Basic Covert Carry/Off Duty Proficiency Course (page 3). You may bring these forms with you on the day of the qualification. The registration lines run faster if these have been filled out prior to the qualification, thank you.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Fun .223 AR Rifle platform shoot – June 14, 2016 @ 0900 hrs.

2 Classes – Open Sights & Optics – Trophies for both classes

Ammunition will be supplied for the rifle shoot only!!!!!!!

 

Please email Bob Bro to sign up so he knows how many folks to expect.

blakob@comcast.net

Necessary Forms:

Retired Officer Qualification Page 2

Liability Waiver Page 3

RET. QUAL. Page 4

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Hot Sheet January 2016

Hot Sheet January 2016

the Hot Sheet
Washington State Retired Deputy Sheriffs and Police Officers Association
P.O. Box 1805, Sumner, WA 98390

Website: www.wsrdspoa.org

January – February 2016

President
Mike Clements, Richland P.D.
Vice Presidents
West: Ralph Waddle, King Co S.O.
East: Don McCabe, Spokane Co S.O.
Secretary
Stan Reider, Lincoln Co S.O.
Treasurer
Tina Waddle, King County S.O.

Executive Board
Westside Members At Large:

Ron Johnston, Tukwila P.D.; Doug Partlow, Tukwila P.D.; Mike Chaney, Des Moines P.D.

Eastside Members At Large:

Diane Erickson, Spokane ; Dennis Hooper, Spokane P.D,; Felix Ramon, Grant Co. S.O

Regular Meeting Schedules

Puget Sound Area 2nd Tuesday of the Month
Black Bear Restaurant
32065 Pacific Hwy S.
Federal Way, WA
11:00 AM

Executive Board Meeting

Eastside
Darcy’s Restaurant
10502 E. Sprague Ave.
Spokane Valley, WA
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 11:00 A.M.

E-Board Meeting, General Membership Meeting & Dinner
Muckleshoot Casino
Auburn, WA
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 6:00 P.M.

WSRDSPOA ANNUAL CONVENTION

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Hello, fellow W.S.R.D.S.P.O.A. members,

I wanted to extend heartfelt congrats to you all for getting through the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday time. It is my hope everyone had a wonderful experience.

I am sure most of you were as busy as it was around our house.

Since the summer Convention, I haven’t heard from anyone, so my assumption is that things are in good order.

As some of you know, there have been two retired King County LEOFF 2 officers that have approached the Board and suggested the Board make a change in the Bylaws.

Here is what they are asking us to do; Under Article III : Membership, Under Section I
Any police officer or deputy sheriff, who was or is a full-time commissioned law enforcement officer covered by the LEOFF Plan 1 (new language) or LEOFF Plan 2 including their spouse, widowed and widower shall be eligible for regular membership.

Then drop down to (B) 2

Applicants for Associate membership, (drop the rest of the following language other than those covered by the LEOFF Plan 2, and add) shall be approved by the Executive Board.

Read it carefully as it does make a serious change to the current bylaws. There would no longer be a distinction between LEOFF 1 and LEOFF 2 as far as this organization is concerned.

As a member of the Executive Board, I would definitely like to hear your feedback before the Executive Board addresses this issue in the next Board meeting.

I did make an inquiry to Joe Fischnaller about this change. He said we could do whatever the Executive Board wants to do. He did offer some for instances we could entertain. His suggestions were handed out to the Executive Board at the last Board Meeting.

Mike Clements

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2015 Audit

At the annual convention Sept 2015 an “evaluation of records” was done
by our audit committee. Members were, Joyce Dawson & Linda Rayburn.
The records verify operations, disbursements and documentation are in order and
were approved.

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Death of a Spouse

The following are suggestions of people who have been through this and found themselves in a quandary as to what to do.

Preparation:
In a community property state such as Washington, be sure to have both names on all financial accounts and real property. Have a current will, Birth Certificates for both spouses and your Marriage Certificate in a safe place, such as a safe deposit box at your bank. Keep any insurance policies there also.

At time of loss:
1) Call funeral home of your choice. These professionals can be very helpful. You will need 8-12 Death Certificates, which they can usually provide.

2) Call or contact the Washington State department of Retirement Services to advise them. Phone # 1-800-547-6657.

3) Call the Department where retired from. Each department has resources to assist you, such as Color Guard, Bag piper, Bugler, Chaplain, Etc.

4) If the deceased is receiving Social Security, the S.S. Administration needs to be notified to avoid interruption of payments. The S.S. Administration will need your Marriage Certificate and will have paperwork for you to fill out.

5) Please contact one of the WSRDSPOA officers.

6) Insurance (life, auto, home, etc.). Contact your agent who will assist you in any claims or changes that need to be made.

7) Medicare, 1-800-633-4227. Each claim is unique and you need to call for instructions.

8) Veterans: Veterans Affairs office should be called regarding any service related benefits, phone # 1-800-827-1000.

9) Contact your bank and any other financial institutions you do business with. You do not want a stop put on any of your accounts. Names changes may be needed.

10) Contact your Attorney for advice and help in making changes in your will and financial matters, if needed.

11) Keep notes of who you contact, (name, phone #, when). When mailing information or documents consider using Registered Mail. The cost is minimal compared to loosing an important document. It will also give you a way to track correspondence.

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Proposed By Law Change

As was mentioned by our current president, Mike Clements, there was a proposal brought up at the 2015 Convention for a by law change. As this organization grows we are getting more LEOFF 2 members, not too many LEOFF 1 are still working and retiring. LEOFF 2 members that are looking at joining are seeing that under current by laws they are not full voting members. A question raised by them is why become a member of an association if I have no say in it.

It’s time to take a serious look at this association and see where we want it to go in the future. If things stay the way they are this association will eventually disappear. We are all getting older and won’t be around forever. If that’s the case, there will eventually be no more LEOFF 1 members and then what happens to the association if no one can vote any more; there will no longer be a WSRDSPOA.

We, as retired deputies and police officers, need to band together. We need to work together to make sure that the state doesn’t go after any of our retirement systems. The state has made runs at LEOFF 1 and I am sure in the future they will do the same at LEOFF 2. Both of our voices together are much stronger than us opposing each other. I don’t know any LEOFF 2 deputy or police officer that doesn’t agree with this. LEOFF 2 doesn’t need anything from LEOFF 1’s retirement. LEOFF 2 has a strong and viable retirement pot on its own.

Another thing to look at is that this association was started as a social type organization, not a political one. We can concentrate on the social part but we need not forget the political part. It’s very good to be informed about what all is happening in Olympia and to be able to fight against any injustices that the politicians try to throw at us. We can always get together with other political organizations whose main mission is the political part of the puzzle. It is also important not to forget that we are a social organization first.

As this proposal goes through its course, remember that having LEOFF 2 voting members is nothing new with this association. There are some spouses of LEOFF 1 members that are LEOFF 2. Because their LEOFF 1 spouse is a full voting member that makes their LEOFF 2 spouse one also.

It’s time to work together and create an even better organization.

Zbig Kasprzyk
King County S.O. (Ret)

Editor’s Note:
By popular demand our newsletter, the Hot Sheet, has been resurrected. A popular item, Around the Beat, will appear in the next issue. To keep this newsletter going I will need your help. Please send me anything interesting you might want to share with our members. Gossip, info on your travels, articles etc. Send to: zkkasprzyk@gmail.com or mail to the WSRDSPOA PO Box. Thanks for your help.

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2016 Old Cops Party
in Yuma, AZ

ANNUAL OLD COP’S POT LUCK AND PARTY
1 MAR 2016 @ 1500 HRS
YUMA, AZ
HOSTED BY Tom & Debby Pritchard 13790 E. 53 Ln.
928-345-9838. E-Mail: tomndebp@localnet.com.

A note from Tom

It’s almost time for the annual Fun In The Sun. This year it will again be at Tom & Debby’s place, two of the best hosts in Yuma.
The following will be furnished: Chicken, Ham, Margaritas, Daiquiris, Beer, Pop, Water, Ice and Lee’s Music. Please bring a side dish / dessert and a friend or two.

Motel in Foothills area: Microtel 928-345-7777, has a discounted rate of $58.91 per night for a minimum of 10 rooms. Located at Hwy 8 & Exit 12, (Fortuna Ave). When reserving inform them you are with the Old Cops group and ask about Pet Policy if you have pets.

Tom & Debby

A note from Lee Hahn

Old Cop’s Golf is on the 29 Feb at 1200 hrs start time, at the Mesa Del Sol golf course in the Foothills area, 12213 E. Calle Del Cid. 928-342-1283.
Green Fees of $36 for 18 holes, $28 for 9 holes. Those that want to only play 9 holes, let me know as I need to marry those folks with other 9 hole players.

Please RSVP one week early via E-Mail, 22 Feb, as the course wants a confirmation on the “T” time reservations and number of foursomes. I have 6 reserved. I have a roster for this year in MS Works Spreadsheet format that I can send to anyone interested via E-Mail.
Lee & Diane Hahn
13840 E. 52 Dr. Yuma, AZ, 85367
509-679-2888 (Verizon)
E-Mail: ka7gon@msn.com.

2015 Old Cops Party in Yuma2015 Old Cops Party in Yuma, AZ
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WEBSITE UPDATE

How do you get onto the website? Our website is: www.wsrdspoa.org

You need a Username and I will assign one to you.
You also will be assigned a temporary Password.
After you login, we recommend that you to go to “Profile” and change your Password. Look for the Black Bar at top of the window – right side says “Howdy, …” Now look to left side – it shows icon of “house & WSRDSPOA” – put mouse icon over WSRDSPOA – a drop-down window shows Dashboard – click on Dashboard. Dashboard opens along left side – click on “Profile”. Scroll down and make your changes – scroll to bottom and click on Blue box “Update Profile”. That should do it. This should work for adding your picture too.

If you have any trouble getting on to the website or have any questions, email or call me. Don McCabe – email: don.mccabe41@gmail.com or call 509 951-0399.
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DUES TIME

Your annual WSRDSPOA Dues are still $20.00 per year.
Please send your $20 check to:

W S R D S P O A
P.O. Box 1805
Sumner, WA 98390

So how do I find my dues date?

For those who still receive the Hot Sheet via US Postal Service – check the mailing label for the year of your last dues payment.

In order to check your dues date, log onto the website – www.wsrdspoa.org
Look for the Black bar across the top. Go to ” Howdy, (Your name)” at top right. See Dropdown window.
Go to “Edit My Profile” & Click.
Scroll down and on the left side you should see “Member Dues” & Year.
If you see 2014 or 2015 you owe dues. If you see 2016 or higher – you do not owe dues. Yes, you can pay up a few years ahead, but five or ten years is not necessary.
Besides, it does not guarantee you will live that long. (If you have trouble logging onto the website – please email me: don.mccabe41@gmail.com or call 509-951-0399)

As a last resort only, you can call or email our Treasurer Tina Waddle – 253-863-9188 or tew1215@hotmail.com and she will check her records.

With WA State Legislature in session, now is not the time to get cut off for not paying your dues. Those who have a dues date of 2014 will be cutoff by April 15, 2015.
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CONTACT INFORMATION
Mike Clements, President: jmclements_1@msn.com or call (509)-521-2974 (C) (509)-545-6199
Ralph Waddle, Vice President West Side: deputyduck2@gmail.com or call (253) 863-9188 (C) (243) 241-0729
Don McCabe,Vice President East Side & Website: don.mccabe41@gmail.com or call (509) 951-0399
Stan Reider, Secretary: standyr@mail.asisna.com or call (509) 725-3721 (C) 509 721-0765
Tina Waddle, Treasurer: tew1215@hotmail.com or call (253) 863-9188
Ronnie Johnston, West Side Executive Board Member: r7t9@aol.com or call (206) 595-6819
Doug Partlow, West Side Executive Board Member: dougpart@aol.com or call (509) 698-4648
Mike Chaney, West Side Executive Board Member: 6dmike@comcast.net or call (206) 926-0760
Felix Ramon, East Side Executive Board Member: framon2@dishmail.net or call (509) 762-5973
Diane Erickson, East Side Executive Board Member: derickson024@gmail.com or call (509) 255-9156
Dennis Hooper, East Side Executive Board Member: derickson024@gmail.com or call (509) 255-9156
Zbig Kasprzyk, Hot Sheet Editor, zkkasprzyk@gmail.com or call (360 825-2892
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Around the Beat:

Will continue in the next issue

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2016 Old Cops Party in Yuma, AZ

2016 Old Cops Party in Yuma, AZ

ANNUAL

OLD COP’S POT LUCK AND PARTY

1 MAR 2016 @ 1500 HRS
 
HOSTED BY Tom & Debby Pritchard  13790 E. 53 Ln.
YUMA, AZ
928-345-9838.   E-Mail: tomndebp@localnet.com.
 
A note from Tom
 
It’s almost time for the annual Fun In The Sun. This year it will again be at Tom & Debby’s place, two of the best hosts in Yuma.
The following will be furnished: Chicken, Ham, Margaritas, Daiquiris, Beer, Pop, Water, Ice and Lee’s Music. Please bring a side dish / dessert and a friend or two.
 
Motel in Foothills area: Microtel 928-345-7777, has a discounted rate of $58.91 per night for a minimum of 10 rooms. Located at Hwy 8 & Exit 12, (Fortuna Ave). When reserving inform them you are with the Old Cops group and ask about Pet Policy if you have pets.
 
Tom & Debby
A note from Lee Hahn
 
Old Cop’s Golf is on the 29 Feb at 1200 hrs start time, at the Mesa Del Sol golf course in the Foothills area, 12213 E. Calle Del Cid. 928-342-1283.
Green Fees of $36 for 18 holes, $28 for 9 holes. Those that want to only play 9 holes, let me know as I need to marry those folks with other 9 hole players.
 
Please RSVP one week early via E-Mail, 22 Feb, as the course wants a confirmation on the “T” time reservations and number of foursomes. I have 6 reserved. I have a roster for this year in MS Works Spreadsheet format that I can send to anyone interested via E-Mail.
Lee & Diane Hahn
13840 E. 52 Dr. Yuma, AZ, 85367. 509-679-2888 (Verizon) E-Mail:
ka7gon@msn.com.


2015 Annual Old Cops Party in Yuma, AZ

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1st 2016 Legislative Issue – SB5873

My purpose for this email is to bring to your attention the legislative status of
SB5873 and my participation in it’s process as a stakeholder. As you are probably aware, my husband, Dennis was a KCSO retiree who passed away in 2009. After he died, I learned he could have named me as a beneficiary, but we were not aware of this because we did not get the letter from DRS advising of the new bill giving me eligibility. I believe some folks think we were out sailing somewhere, which is incorrect. We were living on our boat in Portsmouth as official residents of Virginia. We were employed, had an address, driver’s licenses, carry permits and we voted and paid taxes. Had we received that letter, Dennis certainly would have named me as his beneficiary. He tried to do so a few years earlier, but was denied because his ex-wife was receiving a portion of his retirement benefits.
As you know SB5873 was introduced and amended in the 2015 legislative session. It passed unanimously in the Senate but died in the House. I believe part of the reason for that was the perception that the bill has a fiscal cost. It does not. We tried to overcome that misinformation but time was running out and the budget was, of course, the priority. This fall I attended all the Select Committee on Pension Policy meetings in Olympia and testified at their hearing on the bill in December. I’m happy to report they endorsed the bill unanimously. So now it is in the Senate Rules Committee, and I understand it can be sent to the House Appropriations Committee without going through the full process again. Hopefully that will happen soon. Once it is in Appropriations, we will need a lot of support to get them to give it a hearing and to pass it. I’m hoping some WSRDSPOA members will attend, and of course letters and emails will be needed too. When I testified at the Senate Ways and Means hearing last year, I was really surprised and disappointed to see a very small show of support. If I remember correctly, the only ones to testify were three members of the LEOFF1 Coalition, Dick Warbrouck, President of Retired Firefighters of Washington and myself.   There was one Kent Police Department retiree and his wife in the audience. That’s pretty sad when this impacts people’s lives so profoundly.
I’d appreciate it if you’d pass this information on. I think a little reminder that we have work to do will help. Thank you.
Sincerely,
Sonja Ericson-Russell

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Sonja needs our help with this bill.  I will try to keep you informed in a timely manner, but remember that sometimes things move very fast in the Legislature.  So when requested to respond, don’t put it off until tomorrow.  Please respond as soon as you can.
Don McCabe
Eastside VP

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UPDATE: 2015 Annual Convention

UPDATE: 2015 Annual Convention

UPDATE: 2015 Annual Convention

September 17-19, 2015

Columbia Sun RV Resort

103907 Wiser Parkway

Kennewick,WA

855-833-3886 or 509-420-4880

http://columbiasunrvresort.com/

 

I-82, 5 miles south & west of Kennewick

 Full hookups at every site

 Free Wi-Fi and Direct TV

 Picnic tables

 145 total sites on 25 beautiful acres

 70 large sites for Big Motor Coaches

 

We have the Red Sites close to the Clubhouse 

When making a reservation, be sure to let the resort know you are attending the annual WSRDSPOA Convention or “The Old Cops”.  Twenty sites have been set aside for our group. That block of sites will be held until June 1. After that date, the remaining sites will be opened to the public.  Call NOW.

WSRDSPOA CONVENTION GOLF

John Beard the Convention Golf Coordinator informs us all that there will be nine holes of tournament golf played this year. This is an effort to attract more participants. For those that wish to play eighteen holes you may continue on after the first nine. If there are not enough members to hold a tournament, players will just enjoy the game. Please contact John at (509) 932-4081 or email John at johnmyra@smwireless.net before Sept.10th for Tee Time and location.

CONVENTION ACCOMMODATIONS

There are accommodations nearby for those not planning to stay in a Recreational Vehicle. In order to receive a group rate from the hotels below, reservations must be made before the cutoff dates below. Mention that you are with the WSRDSPOA or “The Old Cops”.  All will honor the discount rate for our group, Wednesday 9/16/15 through Saturday 9/19/15. I blocked 10 rooms at each hotel.  Rates do not include any taxes. All the rooms reserved are king bed but each motel stated they could accommodate double queens if necessary. Booking cut-off dates for each motel are as follows:  Best Western Plus rates available until August 24th. Rate, king $102, double queens, $118.  Baymont Inn and Suites rates available until September 1st. Rate, king $72, double queen $82.  LaQuinta Inn and Suites rates available until August 19th. Rate, $94. After those dates the room blocks will be lifted. All the motels are just off Hwy 84 on Hwy 395, about seven miles east of the RV site. The motels are close to the golf course where we will have our banquet. Those members wishing to stay in motels near the mall will have to secure and bargain their own rates. The three blocked discount motels should be adequate for our group.

Best Western Plus                          Baymont Inn and Suites             La Quinta Inn and Suites
4001 W 27th Ave                              4220 W 27th Ave                          2600 S Quillan St         Kennewick, WA 99337                     Kennewick, WA 99338                  Kennewick, WA 99338
(509) 586-1332                                (509) 736-3326                              (509) 736-3656
King $102 to Dbl Queens $118        King $72- Dbl Queens $82/nite     $94/nite

Kenn Motels

 Don’t Wait – Book your Reservation NOW ! ! !

Here is the preliminary schedule of events for the September convention. One big change; we are moving our banquet to Thursday night.  The price for the banquet buffet will be $29.50 per person. This includes taxes and an 18% gratuity. This is the same rate as last year. I thought they did a nice job with the buffet last year and we are assured of the same quality. Liquor and soft drinks will be available for purchase. As with last year we will collect all the money and pay with one check.  A large golf tournament on Friday took all the space available at the club house. This will mean there will be no potluck on Thursday. Friday night will now be free for individual dinners, gatherings or if some wish to potluck, the event center is available. John Beard has agreed to set up the golf for Thursday morning and can be listed as the golf sign-up contact. I will again lead a wine tour on Friday afternoon. We will reserve space at the Country Gentleman for the men’s and women’s luncheon on Friday.

Schedule of events:

 
Thursday, September 17, 2015
0900-1300    Golf at Canyon Lakes course
 
1800-2000    Banquet at Canyon Lakes Golf Course, club house. Guest speaker, Richland Police Chief, Chris Skinner.
Friday, September 18, 2015
0900-1130    General Business meeting, Columbia Sun RV event center
 
1200-1315    Men’s and Women’s luncheon, Country Gentleman restaurant
 
1330-1600    Wine tour, local wineries. 
 
Friday evening is open for informal gatherings, dinners, potluck.
 
Saturday, September 19, 2015
0900-1130    Board meeting
 
Adjornment.

 

 

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3 HR-218 Shoots

3 HR-218 Shoots

3 HR-218 Shoots

Chehalis, WA May 9th

Centralia, WA May 17th

Spokane PD Academy Jun 17th

HR218 Qualifications
May 9, 2015

 

 

HR218 Firearms Qualification / Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act

10:00 AM Saturday, May 9, 2015

Chehalis Police Department Range

Chehalis, Washington 

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The LEASW invites you to join us for an 8:00am no-host breakfast on Saturday,

May 9, 2015 at the Denny’s Restaurant off Exit 76/Hwy 5 in Chehalis, WA (east

side of Hwy 5).

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FEES: $40.00 for all qualified participants

 

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT DEADLINE: Saturday, May 2, 2015

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REQUEST REGISTRATION DOCUMENTS from Carol Hurley: (360) 985-0748 /cjhurley@hughes.net  

NOTE: Please send checks made payable to “LEASW” along with your completed

registration form to: LEASW, P.O. Box 1015, Centralia, WA 98531.  

 

Questions???Contact LEASW HR218 Coordinator Tracy Wiese

at 360-269-9181 / dicktracy@lewiscounty.com, or Executive Assistant

James E. Eckrich at 360-951-9298 / jeeckrich@aol.com

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REMINDER:
HR 218 Practice & Shoot
Spokane PD Academy
To all retired “Old Guys”, again I use this term very loosely, that are interested again for the annual HR 218 shoot at the academy.
Practice dates: April 6th, May 4th and June 1st.
HR 218 shoot is scheduled for Wednesday June 17th, 2015 at the Spokane Police Academy.
If you are interested in one or all of the practice dates please email me because I only can take a maximum of 5 at a time on the North range.  We will start at 0800 and go to either 1100 or 1200 hours depending the number of folks that attend.  I want everyone to get a chance to shoot and I do not want people standing around to shoot so we will arrange times for all.  If we need more times I can arrange this later down the road,  You may shoot as many times as you would like or as many guns.

PLEASE REMEMBER, SAFETY FIRST ABOVE ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Also, I would like to have my much appreciated volunteers get in touch with me so I can get a number.  I would appreciate my cooks to get in touch so we can plan the super lunch again for the troops.

Thank you all and we will have a wonderful time as usual.

Robert T. Bro
DO NOT HIT REPLY – EMAIL BOB BRO AT:     blakob@comcast.net

or call my land line is 509-953-5066

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WACOPS Legislative Update – Final Week

WACOPS Legislative Update – Final Week

   

WACOPS Legislative Update

Final Week  – 4/17/15 

Final Week
 
The legislature adjourned yesterday. The adjournment marks the end of the 2015 regular session. Unfortunately and unsurprisingly, neither the House nor Senate came to an agreement on a budget. The Governor has called for a special session to start on Wednesday, the 29th. Legislators will reconvene in Olympia to continue working toward a budget deal. It is important to know that while the Governor has the power to call a special session, he does not have the power to set the legislature’s agenda.
There is no way to tell how long the legislature will haggle over the budget. The beginning of the new fiscal year is July 1st and state operations can’t occur without legally appropriated funds. Having no budget agreement means that there are no legally appropriated funds which means the state government shuts down. The political fallout from a government shutdown is normally sufficient to produce a budget compromise. That said, this year is not a normal year. It’s been a complex and difficult session and chances are good that it’s only going to get wilder in Olympia!
 
This will be the last regular session legislative update but we at WACOPS intend to keep you informed when important legislative action occurs. Keep your eyes peeled for new updates.

Bear Attack

Our very own board member, Sgt. Ted Jackson, was in the news this week.

A male jogger was attacked by a black bear on Joint Base Lewis-McChord last week. The victim escaped the attack alive but with injuries. Fish and Wildlife officers commenced a six-day search, eventually dispatching the aggressive animal.

Remarkably, this was the second time that the jogger has been attacked by a bear. “The odds of being attacked once are very slim,” said Sgt. Ted Jackson of WDFW. “The odds of being attacked twice, I would say it’s impossible, last week. But it happened. I just can’t even calculate the odds of being attacked once, let alone twice.”
 
Congrats to Sgt. Jackson and WDFW crew on a successful bear hunt. And we respectfully recommend that the jogger tuck a .357 into his waistband in the future.

LEOFF 2 Vacancy

There is will be an opening on the LEOFF 2 Plan Board this summer. State law reads that that the law enforcement officer board members are appointed by the Governor from a list provided by a recognized statewide council whose membership consists exclusively of guilds, associations, and unions representing state and local government police officers, deputies, and sheriffs and excludes federal law enforcement officers.

The LEOFF 2 Board is responsible for the following:
  • the adoption of actuarial standards to be applied to the plan;
  • providing for additional benefits for firefighters and law enforcement officers subject to the cost limitations provided for in chapter 2, Laws of 2003;
  • exercising fiduciary responsibility in the oversight of those pension management functions assigned to the board;
  • providing effective monitoring of the plan by providing an annual report to the legislature, to the members and beneficiaries of the plan, and to the public;
  • establishing contribution rates for employees, employers, and the state of Washington that will guaranty viability of the plan, subject to the limitations provided for in chapter 2, Laws of 2003;
  • provide for an annual budget and to pay costs from the trust, as part of the normal cost of the plan; and
  • retain professional and technical advisers as necessary for the fulfillment of their statutory responsibilities.
If you’re interested in this position please reply to this email or contact Craig Bulkley at 509-993-9429.

Carryover Bills

It is strategically helpful to understand the nature of “carryover bills” when we start looking ahead to special sessions and the 2016 legislative session.

The legislature works within the framework of a two-year cycle. Just because a bill did not make it all the way through during the regular session in the odd-numbered year does not mean it is “dead.”

At the end of the session, all bills in the second house are returned to the first house; so a House bill in committee in the Senate when session ends is returned to the House. At the start of the next session, be it a special session or the next regular session, bills from the previous session are reintroduced and retained in their present position.

“Carryover” bills can be taken up again in anytime during the biennium. This is in addition to the new bills introduced during the current session. This procedure can make it difficult to keep track of bills during a special session or the second regular session.

WACOPS Bill Report

Click here for the bill report. We appreciate your input and welcome suggestions. Please feel free to contact us with questions or comments. We work for you and the greater input we get, the better we can represent you.

 Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to testify on a bill, please contact us at 1-800-887-2677 or using the information below.

www.wacops.org

200 Union Ave SE
Olympia, WA 98501

 

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WACOPS Legislative Update – Week 14 – 4/17/15

WACOPS Legislative Update – Week 14 – 4/17/15

 

  WACOPS Legislative Update

Week 14 – 4/17/15 

Week 14
This week brought budget negotiations between the House Democrats and the Senate Republicans to the fore. Wednesday was the last day for fiscal bills to pass out of committee. 
 
Next Sunday is “sine die” (Latin meaning “without day”) which refers to the last day of the regular legislative session. The big unanswered question in Olympia and across the state is whether or not the legislature will go into special session.

Budget Negotiations

Budget negotiators from both houses have been meeting in earnest to negotiate the final budget. The main negotiators are Sen. Andy Hill (R-Redmond), Sen. John Braun (R-Centralia), Rep. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle), and Rep. Ross Hunter (D-Bellevue). Their negotiations will take place behind closed doors.

Each side has different ideas about budget priorities and, especially,  how to satisfy recent Supreme Court rulings related to K-12 funding and mental health funding. The budgets differ significantly in how much revenue is raised and what funds are spent on. Gross spending differs between the two budgets by approximately $1 billion dollars.

Bad Bills

There have been a ton of bills introduced during legislative sessions. A lot of bills this year were adverse to the interests of WACOPS members. We wanted to give a brief review of some of the bad bills that were killed this session.

 HB 1017: Allowing for more than one vacation of a misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor conviction.

HB 1024: Reducing the penalty for possession of controlled substances.   

HB 1253: Addressing worker reporting of workplace injuries for purposes of industrial insurance.

HB 1343: Concerning spirits retailers when selling for resale.

SHB 1537: Concerning state liquor control board enforcement officers.

HB 1910: Encouraging effective oversight of law enforcement conduct.

HB 1951: Clarifying the authority of local law enforcement agencies to use unmarked vehicles.

ESB 5226: Protecting public sector workers’ rights through public disclosure of public sector unions’ finances. 

SB 5732: Encouraging effective oversight of law enforcement conduct.

SB 5955: Reimbursing the criminal justice training commission for basic law enforcement training.

SB 5982: Addressing retirement age provisions for new members of the state retirement systems administered by the department of retirement systems.

SB 6076: Garnishing public pensions to pay for the costs of incarceration of a public employee convicted of a felony for misconduct associated with such person’s service as a public employee.

SB 6077: Authorizing forfeiture of the pension of a public employee convicted of a felony for misconduct associated with such person’s service as a public employee.

More information about these bills can be found in the WACOPS Bill Report below.

WACOPS Bill Report

Click here for the bill report. We appreciate your input and welcome suggestions. Please feel free to contact us with questions or comments. We work for you and the greater input we get, the better we can represent you. 

 Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to testify on a bill, please contact us at 1-800-887-2677 or using the information below.  

www.wacops.org  

200 Union Ave SE  
Olympia, WA 98501

 

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