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Thank you, Sen. Cantwell, for the money | Federal Way letters
The second part of the Oct. 1 column, “Hidden rewards of grant money in Federal Way,” does not accurately portray the positive efforts of Sen. Maria Cantwell in supporting the recent $807,345 COPS grant awarded to the Federal Way Police Department.
The column concludes that Sen. Cantwell didn’t deserve credit for the grant award and misrepresents the position of Federal Way officials to support that thesis. At no time did editor Andy Hobbs have a conversation with Police Chief Brian Wilson, as implied in the column.
For the record, Sen. Cantwell supported Federal Way’s most recent successful COPS grant application and deserves full credit for her efforts to support public safety in Federal Way. After submitting the grant application this summer, city staff contacted the offices of all three congressional members and asked for support of the Federal Way application. All three offices responded positively and promptly, and helped our department successfully make the case that funding for the three police officer positions should be awarded.
The tone and substance of that part of the column are unfortunate. When public officials successfully help local communities deal with pressing needs, they should be recognized for their efforts. Sen. Maria Cantwell, along with Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Adam Smith have each supported the 2010 and 2011 COPS grant awards, which together will result in seven more officers on the streets, keeping our community safer.
Chris Carrel, communication and grant coordinator, Federal Way
Editor’s note: The column referenced above was intended to illustrate that Cantwell’s involvement was not immediately obvious in the eyes of the grant’s recipients. The claims in the above letter were not communicated in the conversation between the column’s author and police officials. In the end, what really matters is that Federal Way police have more money to put more officers on the street. Because of the potential for unintended distractions in public discourse related to this matter, that portion of the column has been removed from the online version. As the wise Dr. Phil said, sometimes you make the right decision, and sometimes you make the decision right. — Andy Hobbs