Representative Mike Hope.
Representative and Seattle police officer Mike Hope was honored Wednesday by the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs (WACOPS). In recognition of his tireless work on the Lakewood Police Officers’ Memorial Act and other public safety measures, he was named “Legislator of the Year.”
“I am, and will continue to be, dedicated to keeping our streets safe, whether it’s in uniform or in legislation,” said Hope, R-Lake Stevens. “Public safety is one of the highest functions of government. We accomplished a lot last year, but there is so much more to be done to keep our citizens safe.”
Hope is sponsoring House Bill 1820 to implement a “Blue Alert” system, similar to the current Amber Alert system. The legislation would mirror the existing “Amber Alert” system by using existing communications networks to immediately disseminate sensitive information to appropriate law enforcement, other public agencies, and the general public about suspects when an officer goes missing, is severely injured or killed in the line of duty.
“Since this would use the existing system, there would be very little, if any, cost to operate it,” Hope said. “Getting information out about an immediate threat in our neighborhoods will save lives. The criminals who harm law enforcement officers won’t think twice about harming average citizens. These are usually the most dangerous and violent criminals. This is about protecting our cities, counties and state.”
The Blue Alert bill was introduced Wednesday and was referred to the Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee. It now awaits to be scheduled for a public hearing.
Last June, Hope was honored ‘Legislator of the Year’ by the Council of Metropolitan Police and Sheriffs (COMPAS).