WELCOME TO WASPC

Welcome to the Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs (WASPC) web page. The association was founded in 1963 and consists of executive and top management personnel from law enforcement agencies statewide. Our membership includes sheriffs, police chiefs, the Washington State Patrol, the Washington Department of Corrections, and representatives of a number of federal agencies. WASPC is governed by its executive board.

WASPC is the only association of its kind in the nation combining representatives from local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement into a single body, working toward a common goal. WASPC's function is to provide specific materials and services to all law enforcement agencies in the state, members and non-members alike. The 1975 legislature made WASPC a legal entity designating the association as "combination of units of local government." (RCW 36.28A.010)

Please note: Most of our website is public. If you would like access to the members only section, please submit a membership application.


WASPC PRINCIPLES FOR COMMUNITY TRUST

WASPC has developed a set of principles for community trust. Those include:

  • Perceptions of Law Enforcement
  • Rule of Law
  • Deadly Force
  • Criminal Justice Reform
  • Behavioral Health
  • Homelessness
  • Basic Law Enforcement Training
  • Public Safety Funding
  • Marijuana

To see WASPC’s statements on each of these important issues, please click on the Principles for Community Trust document.


 WASPC COMMUNICATION TOOL KIT  

The Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs (WASPC) has compiled this Communications Tool Kit for members as a resource for members to guide their individual policies related to best practices for communicating within their own communities.

No two law enforcement agencies are alike and therefore no single set of communication tools will fit every department.  WASPC is the only association of its kind in the nation combining representatives from local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement into a single body, working toward a common goal. WASPC's function is to provide specific materials and services to all law enforcement agencies in the state, members and non-members alike. 

There are several existing law enforcement resources available to WASPC members (e.g. Lexipol, U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services) and are included in this guide as well as for use in their local media outreach. 

This toolkit is a benefit of membership for WASPC and was compiled by WASPC Communications Consultant GreatWork Communications.  GreatWork Communications is available to assist individual departments with communication services and counsel with the approval of WASPC’s Executive Board and its Executive Director.  To access the tool kit, please click here.