Legislator of the Year

Council of Metropolitan Police & Sheriffs

Sen. Joe Fain was recognized by the Council of Metropolitan Police and Sheriffs (COMPAS) as its 2014 Legislator of the Year for his ongoing dedication to law enforcement officers statewide.

“We are grateful for Senator Fain’s unwavering concern for the well-being of the brave men and women who serve our communities,” said Renee Maher, executive director of COMPAS. “We believe that his work in the recent legislative session as well as previous sessions show his continued steadfast support for law enforcement officers in our state.”

COMPAS is a nonpartisan advocacy organization that represents more than 2000 active officers in King County. The organization represents law enforcement interests in Olympia in order to protect their rights and strengthen laws that keep officers, their families and communities safe.

The organization cited Fain’s work to pass the state’s Blue Alert system in 2012, which established an Amber Alert-type communications network with the public for an instance when an individual has attacked an officer and has fled. COMPAS also thanked Fain for his more recent work to maintain access to medical assistance for catastrophically injured retirees and maintain promised funding for a law enforcement pension system.

“Supporting the brave men and women who risk their own health and safety to protect our communities benefits all Washingtonians,” said Fain. “The recognition is appreciated, but it is more important to thank each and every one of them for their incredible service, which I’d invite all citizens to do when they have the opportunity.”