July Hot Sheet 2017

July Hot Sheet 2017

the Hot Sheet

Washington State Retired Deputy Sheriffs and Police Officers Association
P.O. Box 1805, Sumner, WA 98390
Website: www.wsrdspoa.org
July 2017
Joe Dawson, King Co S.O.
Vice Presidents
West: Ralph Waddle, King Co S.O.
East: Don McCabe, Spokane Co S.O.
Stan Reider, Lincoln Co S.O.
Tina Waddle, King Co S.O.
 Executive Board
West Members At Large: Ron Johnston, Tukwila P.D.; Doug Partlow, Tukwila P.D.;
Mike Chaney, Des Moines P.D.
East Members At Large: Diane Erickson, Spokane P.D.; Dennis Hooper, Spokane P.D.;
Bob McQueen, Tukwila P.D.
Meeting Schedules
Puget Sound Area 1st Tuesday of the Month
Johnny’s At Fife Restaurant
5211 20 ST. E.
Fife, WA. 98424
11:00 AM
(No Meeting July 4th)

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
(No Meeting Jul / Aug)
2017 Convention
Kennewick, WA
September 15 – 17, 2017
Columbia Sun RV Resort
Greetings Members,
Here we are in a second Special Session of the Legislature and they are once again faced with a difficult budget problem.  How to fund the K through 12 Education Program statewide?  The big issue seems to be working within their means to accomplish this without raising taxes.  How did this ever stop being a priority?
Every Legislative Session we seem to run up against the same thing.  Basic Education in our state is one of the State mandated provisions in the Washington State Constitution and every year it gets sidetracked. The Senate looks for “Excess Funds” or other avenues to solve this problem, usually with funds that are set aside for other purposes such as retirement systems or other ways of juggling funds to meet the need.
Recently a proposal was made to cease the state’s portion of the LEOFF II Retirement System placing the total responsibility of funding the system on the backs of the individual cities and counties employing their police and fire services.  This may look good to the legislators but to smaller cities and counties it would be a great burden. Many just have problems providing the required medical benefits for their retirees. The legality of such a venture could take years and countless dollars of both the retirees and the government to determine through the courts.  Changing the law wouldn’t solve this problem.
Your input to your representatives continues to be required.  Knowing who your Senators and Representatives are and how to contact them is very important.  It has been proven in the past that they read our messages and hear our telephone calls.  Be active!
Next!  It’s important that both members of the LEOFF community (both husband and wife) are aware of our benefits and how they are distributed.  Once again a surviving spouse was unaware that the LEOFF retirement system continues to provide for them after a death or disability.  Everyone should know how to contact the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems  (DRS) and their local Department Benefits Coordinator. If you have difficulty, contact the Association for assistance.
If it has been a long time or you have remarried you should update your beneficiary with DRS. If not your retirement could be lost or misaddressed.  This has happened.
Be sure to pay your dues.  Members that haven’t paid are being removed from the mailing list. Don’t forget!
Joe Dawson

We have learned that we have a new representative in WACOPS (Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs). Mark Lewis, a LEOFF 2 retiree is the new Retired Representative on the WACOPS Executive Board. He is also one of our newest WSRDSPOA members. Mark contacted our president, Joe Dawson and introduced himself. His intent is to let members of WSRDSPOA know that he is our new representative and that WACOPS respects and wants our opinions. Mike can be reached at mlewis@wacops.org

In this and future editions of the Hot Sheet, I am hoping to get short articles from

Mark letting us know what is going on in WACOPS that may affect us since only WACOPS members have any real access to their website.


WACOPS position on LEOFF pensions is as follows:
We support leaving LEOFF1 alone.
We support LEOFF2 enhancements, primarily with increasing the multiplier.
We do not support a LEOFF 1 merger with anything, but that said, if unavoidable would rather LEOFF1 and 2 be merged to keep management under the LEOFF Board (the brotherhood). 
Zbig Kasprzyk
WSRDSPOA and WACOPS Connect!   
The volatile political environment in which we live today encompasses a significant anti-police sentiment in popular media and culture.  This negative sentiment creates a political environment that makes it easier and more likely that our state Legislature may try to alter or change our state retirement programs among other negative legislation relating to Washington law enforcement.
Other than contacting representatives in the Legislature, which always is a good approach, there is little else individual LEOFF I and II retirees can do to be heard as a single voice.
That is where WACOPS comes in. WACOPS has been the largest statewide voice for rank-and-file law enforcement for more than 50 years. While I was active it was an honor to represent my guild as a delegate and later as a WACOPS executive board member. During the time I served the board agreed to add an executive board member position to represent retiree issues, and the first retiree to sit on the board in this position was Ken Crowder (Everett PD). I am honored to have been selected to fill his and Fred Ruetsch’s (Spokane County Sheriff) shoes as the third retiree to represent us retired folks. 
Except for in small numbers, it has always been a challenge for WACOPS to find effective means to communicate with the retired folks. In an effort to do better in this regard, I have reached out to the board of WSRDSPOA to publish my contact information to all members. The board has also agreed to allow me a corner of the quarterly newsletter to pass on information about law enforcement issues percolating in and around the political halls of Olympia.
For this introductory column, I am asking for suggestions from you, the reader, on how you would like to see this space filled. It could be something like a question-and-answer column regarding LEOFF issues (folks like Steve Nelson of the LEOFF Board or the WACOPS executive director or lobbyist would help answer applicable questions), and/or a general update as to what is going on.
As many of you know, much of what goes on in this state politically happens during the legislative session beginning in mid-January each year. Nevertheless, there always seems to be something going on that may affect law enforcement relating to potential bills or initiatives. My objective is to be a voice for the concerns and perspectives of retired law enforcement to the WACOPS board and to bring information from the board back to retirees. Connecting the membership of WSRDSPOA directly to the WACOPS executive board is an outstanding way to accomplish this.
Your opinions, concerns, and comments are welcomed. 
Mark Lewis
Retired Bellevue PD (33YRS)
WACOPS Executive Board Position 8 (Retired)
Meeting Change
Due to some conflicts at our last location, our monthly lunch meeting has changed locations. Meetings will now be on every First Tuesday of the month at Johnny’s at Fife Restaurant. Time is still 11AM. Due to the July 4th holiday, the July meeting is canceled. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, August 1, hope to see you there.
Annual Convention
Don’t forget, the annual convention in Kennewick, make your reservations now. This will be an important event as we vote on the proposed by-law changes. If you don’t RV there are motels in the area available. This is always a great event as it allows us to see folks we haven’t seen since last year, and don’t forget the golf tournament for you golfers. There will be a banquet, general meeting, a luncheon, wine tours, a pot luck dinner and executive board meeting.
2017 Annual Convention
September 14-16, 2017
Columbia Sun RV Resort
103907 Wiser Parkway
Kennewick, WA
855-833-3886 or 509-420-4880
Interstate I-82, 5 miles south & west of Kennewick
  • Full hookups at every site
  • Free Wi-Fi and Direct TV
  • Picnic tables
  • Large Meeting Room with kitchen
  • 145 total sites on 25 beautiful acres
  • 70 large sites for Big Motor Coaches
  • Pool, Spa and Weight Room

Tentative Agenda:

The conference starts Thursday morning September 14th with our annual golf tournament. That night will be the banquet at Canyon Lakes Golf course starting at 6 PM. General business meeting starts at 9 AM on Friday the 15th at the RV park. Men’s and Women’s luncheon will start at 12 noon. A potluck starting at 5:30 PM will be held in the RV park meeting room. The Board meeting will start at 9 AM on Saturday the 16th. Location of the luncheon and a possible Friday afternoon event have yet to be confirmed.

When making a reservation, be sure to let the resort know you are attending the annual WSRDSPOA Convention or “The Old Cops”. Fifty sites have been set aside for our group. That block of sites will be held until July 15th. After that date, the remaining sites will be opened to the public.

Canyon Lakes Golf Club

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 johnmyra@smwireless.net before Sept.1st for Tee Time and location.
There are accommodations nearby for those not planning to stay in a Recreational Vehicle. In order to receive a group rate from the hotel below, reservations must be made before July 15, 2017. Mention that you are with the WSRDSPOA or “The Old Cops”. Ten rooms have been set aside at the hotel.
Best Western Plus – 4001 W 27th Avenue, Kennewick, WA, 99337, Phone: 509 586-1332
Due to popular demand, on Thursday, September 21 there will be an HR218 qualification at the Cascade Shooting Facilities located at 26520 292 AVE SE Ravensdale, WA. There is no fee for this event.
We will be holding our second qualification of the year from 0900 – 1300. We will have Bay 4 reserved for the qualification. We will also have Bay 5 reserved for anyone who wants to do some fun shooting at metal targets.
Please bring eye protection, ear protection and plenty ammo for the qualification and fun shoot.
If you have any questions contact Zbig @ zkkasprzyk@gmail.com or 206-818-7476.
Not All Is Lost
The following is an article by the Associated Press printed on May 26, 2017.
New ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Laws Raise Concerns Among Activists
More than a dozen states this year have passed laws that come down even harder on crimes against law enforcement officers.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Following a spike in deadly attacks on police, more than a dozen states have responded this year with “Blue Lives Matter” laws that come down even harder on crimes against law enforcement officers, raising concern among some civil rights activists of a potential setback in police-community relations.
The new measures build upon existing statutes allowing harsher sentences for people who kill or assault police. They impose even tougher penalties, extend them to more offenses, including certain nonviolent ones such as trespassing in Missouri, and broaden the list of victims covered to include off-duty officers, police relatives and some civilians at law enforcement agencies.
Proponents say an escalation of violence against police justifies the heightened protections.
“What we’re getting into as a society is that people are targeting police officers not by something that they may have done to them, but just because they’re wearing that uniform,” said Republican state Rep. Shawn Rhoads of Missouri, a former detective.
People who have been protesting aggressive police tactics are expressing alarm.
“This is another form of heightened repression of activists,” said Zaki Baruti, an activist and community organizer from St. Louis County. “It sends a message to protesters that we better not look at police cross-eyed.”
Police deaths on the job have generally declined over the past four decades, from a recent high of 280 in 1974 to a low of 116 in 2013, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. But they rose last year to 143, including 21 killed in ambushes – the highest number of such attacks in more than two decades.
Nearly all states already have laws enhancing the punishments for certain violent crimes against law officers.
One year ago, Louisiana became the first state to enact a law adding offenses against police, firefighters and emergency medical responders to its list of hate crimes.
More states began expanding their penalties after last summer, when five officers were killed in a July 7 sniper attack at a protest against police brutality in Dallas, and three more officers were slain in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 10 days later.
Penalty enhancements have passed this year in Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia, most of which are led by Republicans. Similar bills are under consideration in other states.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt cited the case of Bradley Verstraete as one example of the need for such measures. Verstraete was accused of raising an ax handle against police officers responding to a disturbance call in 2015. Police shot and wounded him.
Verstraete was sentenced in February to 8½ years in prison for attempted murder. His sentence could have been doubled under a law signed this month.
Troy Huser, president of the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, called the measure a “knee-jerk response” to the attacks in Dallas and Baton Rouge.
“If you double that sentence, in my opinion, it becomes draconian,” Huser said.
Some civil rights activists contend such laws will make it more difficult to prosecute officers and easier to charge protesters who confront police. They say such measures could undermine the Black Lives Matter movement that grew out of the 2014 killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and other shootings by police around the country.
These laws “deepen divisions between law enforcement and communities with no tangible benefit to law enforcement,” said Sonia Gill Hernandez at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.
When Missouri passed its bill this month, the NAACP legal defense organization lambasted it as “an overt display of political posturing” over the Brown case. It dismissed talk of a “war on police” as unsubstantiated.
The Missouri legislation would add involuntary manslaughter, stalking, property damage and trespassing to the list of crimes bearing enhanced penalties for targeting police. It also would apply the tougher punishments to crimes involving officers’ spouses, children, parents, siblings, grandparents and in-laws.
It is awaiting the signature of Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, who vowed to put in place “the toughest penalties possible for anyone who attacks a law enforcement officer.”
“Missouri will show no mercy to cowards who assault cops,” he said.
Georgia’s Back the Badge Act increases mandatory minimum prison terms for assault or battery against public safety officers. Some of Arkansas’ enhanced penalties for targeting current and retired law officers, first responders and their families were passed via an emergency declaration, making them effective immediately upon Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s signature.
Arizona’s Blue Lives Matter Law expands the crime of aggravated assault against on-duty officers to apply to off-duty officers not engaged in police activities.
Some lawmakers also are seeking enhanced federal laws. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Ted Poe – both Texas Republicans – recently reintroduced the Back the Blue Act that would increase the punishments for crimes against law enforcement officers. It would make killing a judge or police officer punishable by death or a minimum of 30 years in prison.
Some question whether such steps are a deterrent. Jens Ohlin, a criminal law expert at Cornell University Law School in New York, said the new laws “reek of political pressure to do something symbolic as a way of expressing solidarity with police officers.”
“The problems that need to be solved are really problems on the ground. They’re not gaps in the statute,” Ohlin said. “You need to give police officers the tools necessary to protect themselves on the street, and you have to defuse dangerous situations on the ground before they escalate into violence against police officers.”
Bylaw Change
We will be voting on a bylaw change at our annual convention in Kennewick this September. The change will be to increase our membership dues to $30 per couple. This will be the first increase ever and does cover both retiree and their spouse.
New Coalition VP
For all you LEOFF 1 folks, you now have a new Vice President on the LEOFF1 Coalition Board, please welcome, Dennis (Denny) Hooper. Denny replaces Mark Curtis who has moved on to being a lobbyist for LEOFF 1. 
If there are any changes at all in your marital status please make sure to notify DRS, Department of Retirement Services (360-664-7000) (http://www.drs.wa.gov/) and let them know of the changes. Some folks have not done so and it seems to cause some major problems down the line. Secondly, please take time to sit down with your loved ones and go over your financial situation with them. Problems can arise when the retiree passes away and the spouse has no idea what happens with the retirement money, at least make sure the Executor to your Will knows.
There was a celebration of life for retired King County Deputy Bill Carrabba on May 12, 2017. Bill passed away earlier this year.
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of retired King County Deputy Jeff Nicolai.  He passed peacefully on Sunday, May 21st, at the age of 51, with his family and friends at his side.  Jeff started out as a Reserve with KCSO at Precinct 3.  Shortly thereafter he decided to become a fully commissioned officer in February of 1990.  During the early part of his career he served at Precincts 2 and 5.  Then he became a fixture at Precinct 3 and retired from there after 25 years with the KCSO in October of 2015.
Welcome to our newest members.
Gary and Kathryn Fox            Kent Police Department
Gary is LEOFF 1 and retired in 1990. Gary and Kathryn love golf, RVing, boating, fishing and most of all their grandkids.
Thomas and Susan Craig      Ferry County Sheriff’s Office
Tom is LEOFF 2 and retired in 1994, they love traveling and hiking. They also have a son working for King County SO and a granddaughter at Seattle PD.
Mark and Susan Lewis          Bellevue Police Department
Mark is LEOFF 2 and retired in 2014.Loves to go out on his motorcycle, a good cigar, reading, writing, music and the outdoors. His nephew is working for Boston PD.
Bruce and Judy Booker         King County Sheriff’s Office
Bruce is LEOFF 2 and retired in 2009. Bruce is active in Air SAR missions and is a ground and flight instructor. (Taught me to fly years ago!)
Bob and Susan Walker          Spokane Police Department
Bob is LEOFF 1 and retired in 1998. He loves to golf, snowmobiling, Search & Rescue for Spokane and camping.
Dennis and Helen Kuebler    Olympia Police Department
Dennis is LEOFF 2 and retired in 1997. He loves the outdoors, boating, camping, hunting and cruising with Helen, their kids and grandkids.
Bruce Peterson                      King County Sheriff’s Office
Bruce is LEOFF 2 and retired in 2010.
Bruce and Patricia Overman King County Sheriff’s Office
Bruce is LEOFF 1 and retired in 1998. Bruce loves to travel, shoot and research WWII glider pilots.

John and Robin Reed           King County Sheriff’s Office

John is LEOFF 2 and retired in 2006
Notes from our members.
Jim Brevig      Jim says, “Thanks and good luck to all.”
Humor Corner
I was in the six item express lane at the store quietly fuming. Completely ignoring the sign, the woman ahead of me had slipped into the check-out line pushing a cart piled high with groceries. Imagine my delight when the cashier beckoned the woman to come forward looked into the cart and asked sweetly, “So which six items would you like to buy?” 
(Wouldn’t it be great if that happened more often?) 
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Because they had no reservations at a busy restaurant, my elderly neighbor and his wife were told there would be a 45 minute wait for a table.  Young man, we’re both 90 years old,” the husband said. 
“We may not have 45 minutes.” 
They were seated immediately. 
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I read that 4,153,237 people got married last year, not to cause any trouble,..  but shouldn’t that be an even number?
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The reason Politicians try so hard to get re-elected is that they would “hate” to have to make a living under the laws they have just passed. 
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All eyes were on the radiant bride as her father escorted her down the aisle. They reached the altar and the waiting groom. 
The bride kissed her father and placed something in his hand. 
The guests in the front pews responded with ripples of laughter. 
Even the priest smiled broadly.  As her father gave her away in marriage, the bride gave him back his credit card. 
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Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. 
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Smith climbs to the top of Mt. Sinai to get close enough to talk to God. 
Looking up, he asks the Lord. “God, what does a million years mean to you?” 
The Lord replies, “A minute.” 
Smith asks, “And what does a million dollars mean to you?” 
The Lord replies, “A penny.” 
Smith asks, “Can I have a penny?” 
The Lord replies, “In a minute.” 
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A man goes to see the Rabbi. “Rabbi, something terrible is happening and I have to talk to you about it.” 
The Rabbi asked, “What’s wrong?” 
The man replied, “My wife is going to poison me.” 
The Rabbi, very surprised by this, asks, “How can that be?” 
The man then pleads, “I’m telling you, I’m certain she’s going to poison me. What should I do?” 
The Rabbi then offers, “Tell you what. Let me talk to her, I’ll see what I can find out and I’ll let you know.” 
A week later the Rabbi calls the man. 
He says, “I spoke to your wife on the phone for three hours. You want my advice?” 
The man said, “Yes” and the Rabbi replied, “Take the poison.”  
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I was always taught to respect my elders, but it keeps getting harder to find one. 
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I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom until they are flashing behind you.
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Money can’t buy happiness, but it keeps the kids in touch!
Joe Dawson, President: jsdawson@comcast.net  or call (425) 392-4361 (C) (206) 817-8376

Ralph Waddle, Vice President West Sidedeputyduck2@gmail.com  or call (253) 863-9188 (C) (243) 241-0729

Don McCabe, Vice President 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
Bob McQueen, East Side Executive Board Member:   bmcqu98902@aol.com or call (425) 445-2997
Diane Erickson, East Side Executive Board Memberderickson024@gmail.com or call (509) 255-9156
Dennis Hooper, East Side Executive Board Memberdrhoop38@gmail.com or call (509) 991-8259
Zbig Kasprzyk, Hot Sheet Editor, zkkasprzyk@gmail.com or call (206) 818-7476