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Posted on: June 2, 2020

[ARCHIVED] A Message from Snoqualmie Police Chief Perry Phipps

Dear Snoqualmie and North Bend Communities,

We in law enforcement have had many recent successes in the how we serve our communities, yet the death of George Floyd has exposed that we must do better. I strongly believe that 99% of the law enforcement officers in our country were upset and angry upon watching the video. I was personally offended and dismayed by the actions of the officers involved in Minneapolis and I have no doubt that they should and will be held accountable for their actions. I have proudly worn a badge for over 34 years and to have an officer(s) tarnish the badge and destroy the relationships that we have worked so hard to develop in our community is frustrating and ultimately it has compromised the honor that the badge represents and that I have enjoyed for those 34 years. It is a shame.

Therefore, I support all of the peaceful protests that are occurring around our country. The Snoqualmie Police Department sees and hears these serious concerns! What I do not agree with and do not support is the violence and lawlessness that has been occurring in so many communities.

I assure you that each and every Snoqualmie police officer can, in their own words, express their absolute belief and understanding that the actions on May 25th that resulted in the death of George Floyd were not congruent with the oath we swore to uphold, but more importantly that the values that we hold dear, and all law abiding citizens hold dear, were violated. We are committed to serving with honor and integrity and we clearly understand that it is our duty and responsibility to serve all people with respect. We also know that the badge we wear is a symbol of faith that the public entrusts us with and that trust has been weakened. It is now our responsibility to continue with our commitment of partnering with our community to earn that trust each and every day.

The Snoqualmie Police Department is committed to provide public safety that is focused on justice for all.

And finally, thank you to everyone who has reached out to us or contacted us with encouraging words and support, it is very much appreciated.

With respect and hope,

Perry Phipps
Chief of Police
Snoqualmie Police Department

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