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posted Friday, July 19, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 29
Police unions honor Ed Murray - Mayoral candidate recognized for fairness and 'open-door policy'
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Police unions honor Ed Murray - Mayoral candidate recognized for fairness and 'open-door policy'

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Council of Metropolitan Police and Sheriffs (COMPAS) - an umbrella organization for police unions in Seattle and King County - has named State Senator and Seattle mayoral candidate Ed Murray their 2013 Legislator of the Year.

In a statement released by the Murray campaign on July 16, COMPAS praised Murray for being open and honest in his dealings with them.

'Your open-door policy and willingness to understand our concerns speaks highly of your ability to work with many different groups,' COMPAS officials wrote.

'We have always found you to be fair and honest in your approach and we appreciate the respect you have shown to law enforcement. Many of our members directly benefit from legislation you've passed, including legislation guaranteeing marriage equality.'

RESTORING TRUST
Murray has been critical of the Seattle Police Department leadership and of incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn's approach to police reform, which the city is obligated to take up under the terms of a consent decree negotiated between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice.

'Ed has been saying since he first announced [his candidacy for Mayor] that public safety and police reform will be a top priority for him, and that we need a mayor who, rather than fighting reform every step of the way, will take a more collaborative approach so we implement needed reforms faster and more effectively,' Murray's campaign consultant Sandeep Kaushik told SGN in an e-mail.

'This honor from an organization representing Seattle police officers, combined with the enthusiastic endorsement of City Attorney Pete Holmes, who has long been an advocate for reform, is the latest indication that Ed has the skill to bring all of the stakeholders together to make the changes necessary cultural changes at SPD to restore trust between the police and the public.'

SPOG: NO ENDORSEMENT
The Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG), which has resisted many reform proposals, is affiliated with COMPAS. Speaking for the Murray campaign, Kaushik cautioned that SPOG has yet to make an endorsement in the mayoral race.

'To be clear, the Seattle Police Officers Guild, while a member of COMPAS, has not weighed in on the Seattle mayoral race, and my understanding is that they will not make an endorsement before the primary,' he said.

COMPAS describes itself as 'a nonpartisan advocacy organization representing over 2,000 currently commissioned law enforcement officers in Seattle and King County. We represent the largest law enforcement labor unions in Washington State. Our goal is to provide our members with a voice in Olympia, to protect their rights and to strengthen laws that keep our officers, families, and communities safe.'

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