To our Fife Community:
The Fife Police Department is committed to transparency, accountability and providing the best police service possible to our community. I can say with confidence that in all my years of law enforcement experience, the men and women of the Fife Police Department are among the finest law enforcement officers and human beings I have had the privilege to work with. Each of us are dedicated to our community and to providing high-quality service and support to our residents, businesses, and visitors.
During the last four years, we have shared numerous presentations with the public and city officials regarding our use of force and enforcement activities. We will continue to do so to help maintain and improve community trust. Many questions have arisen in the last few weeks surrounding “8 Can’t Wait”. I feel we owe it to our community to let each of you know the progress being made by the Fife Police Department on these initiatives.
The Fife Police Department welcomes civilian partnership. We have and will continue to strive to be accountable and transparent as we work to improve the level of service we provide. I am very proud of the fact that we are collaborating with a number of community members, both from the City of Fife and the surrounding area, to establish a Citizen Advisory Committee. The purpose of this group is to establish lines of communication and friendships; to bring an outside perspective to our policies, practices, and training; and to educate the public on police response, use of force and the unique and challenging environments that our officers face every day. Most importantly, this group will work toward bridging the communications and relationship gaps that exist in our community. With a goal of inclusivity and diversity in mind, we are looking for committed citizens who are engaged and have a desire to effect change. If you are interested in being considered by the Committee as a member, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have the utmost faith and respect in our officers and the work they do every day. We are transparent, accountable and committed to excellence, and we are always striving to improve. We recognize the fear, frustration and demand for change. We are open to new ideas, new relationships and positive change that improves the safety of our community and our officers. We are committed to a culture that fosters trust and confidence in the outstanding men and women of the Fife Police Department.
Together we can make positive changes while keeping our community and all those in it safe.
Chief of Police
Volunteer Opportunity: Independent Investigation Team –
CLOSING DATE: 7/10/2020
Following the passage of Initiative 940, the Washington State legislature passed SHB 1064 requiring that all police use of deadly force that results in death, substantial bodily harm, or great bodily harm requires an investigation completely independent of the involved agency. The new law in Washington State is called the Law Enforcement Training and Community Safety Act. One of the requirements for independent investigations is that at least two non-law enforcement community representatives assist with aspects of the investigation process.
Pierce County law enforcement leaders, including Fife, have entered into a written agreement to create a multi-agency Independent Investigative Team (ITT) to investigate all police use of deadly force incidents regionally in Pierce County. Each regional team is required to create a roster of citizens willing to serve as non-law enforcement community representatives.
The Fife Police Department is seeking two members of the Fife community who are willing to serve as non-law enforcement community representatives if/when an independent investigation becomes necessary. If selected, the duties of the non-law enforcement community representatives shall include: A) vetting, interviewing, and selection of ITT investigators; B) reviewing conflict of interest statements from investigators; C) attending briefings with the involved agency’s chief or sheriff; D) having access to the investigation file when it is completed; E) receiving a copy of all press releases and communication to the media prior to release; and F) reviewing notification of equipment use of an involved agency.
Community representatives will be provided training on use of force and best practices involving use of force. This is a non-compensated volunteer position of significant importance. Credibility with and ties to communities impacted by police use of deadly force is desirable.
If you are interested, please submit a letter of interest describing your background, community involvement and interest in serving as a citizen representative to the Fife Police Department, ATTN: Chief Peter Fisher 3737 Pacific Hwy E. STE 110 Fife, WA 98424 no later than close of business on Friday, July 10, 2020.
If you would like additional information or have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Chief Peter Fisher via email at email@example.com or via phone at (253) 896-8266.
The Fife Police Department has been an accredited police department for many years. Originally awarded in May of 2016, Fife PD successfully completed re-accreditation in April of 2020.
What does this mean? Being an accredited police department means we are operating under industry best practices and standards to include areas such as code of conduct, internal affairs, hiring, retention, training and use of force policies and procedures.
To learn more about the accreditation process, please visit the Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs (WASPC) website.