Law enforcement organization names O’Ban ‘Legislator of the Year’

The Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs named Sen. Steve O’Ban its 2015 “Legislator of the Year” for his continued support of law enforcement in the Washington State Senate. O’Ban was presented with the award at the organization’s winter meeting and advocacy day as members of the law enforcement community gathered in Olympia to advocate for officers during the first week of the 2016 legislative session.

“Senator O’Ban’s sponsorship of our priority legislation to strengthen employment and legal protections for police officers was important to law enforcement statewide,” said Craig Bulkley of the Spokane Police Department and president of WACOPS. “His leadership role on the Senate Law and Justice Committee, combined with his strong support of law enforcement professionals is invaluable to our membership.”

For more than 50 years the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs has worked to protect the rights and quality of life for sworn law enforcement officers before the Washington State Legislature.

“Members of law enforcement and their families make incredible sacrifices to keep our communities safe,” said O’Ban, R-Pierce County. “It’s important that lawmakers also recognize the necessity of providing sufficient protections and due process for those officers so they can continue their work to protect Washington residents.”

O’Ban sponsored a Senate Resolution honoring law enforcement officers for their sacrifice before the full Senate, which was unanimously adopted Wednesday.