Dear Mayor Fleetwood and City Council Members,
When the City of Bellingham renegotiates the collective bargaining agreements for 2022 with the Bellingham Police Guild and Fraternal Order of Police, you have a rare opportunity to take meaningful action to improve police accountability in our community. That is why we are calling on you to ensure that the new collective bargaining agreements include critical provisions for better police accountability in Bellingham. In the next collective bargaining agreement with the Bellingham Police Guild and Fraternal Order of Police, we urge you to negotiate for the following four changes:
- Eliminate any provisions removing written reprimands (including their descriptions) or other evidence of misconduct from personnel files.
- Remove any language delaying a written statement or interrogations when law enforcement employees are investigated for misconduct, using deadly force, etc.
- End the process of providing those under investigation copies of signed documents or transcripts of the interview.
- Ensure individuals or boards accountable to the public have the final say in arbitration.
Negotiating for these changes in the CBA will demonstrate to the people of Bellingham that your administration takes police accountability and public safety seriously. This is a critical moment in our history, and we’re counting on you to fight for us at the negotiating table.
Add your name by completing the form below. Bellingham residents only, please.
Bob Burr (98226)
Justin Woodum (98225)
Lola Hudson (98225)
Melissa Marteny (98226)
Eowyn Savela (98225)
Linda White (98225)
Lee Che Leong (98225)
Krystal Rodriguez (98229)
Kim Ninneman (98229)
Thomas Perkow (98229)
Tim Marteny (98226)
Dylan Becker (98225)
Mara Grubb (98225)
Towhee Wean (98226)
Liisa Wale (98229)