Federal Way police chief’s message on the killing of Tyre Nichols by Memphis Police

Tyre Nichols, 29, died three days after five police officers from the Memphis Police Department beat him during a traffic stop in Tennessee.

By Federal Way Police Chief Andy Hwang

As law enforcement leaders and professionals, our community’s support and trust are essential to our success. The dedicated, highly trained, and diverse police professionals responsible for helping our community thrive are fully aware of this requirement.

The tragic death of Tyre Nichols in Memphis at the hands of police officers earlier this month is deeply disturbing and contrary to the standards of professionalism expected and practiced by the Federal Way Police Department. The subsequent protest transpired in Memphis and throughout our country in recent days.

The Federal Way Police Department’s dedication to protecting our community includes holding ourselves accountable to the highest professional standards and continually working to improve our department. Our national and state accreditation is an important, visible element of that commitment. Accreditation status represents a significant professional achievement — as an organization, we are all very proud of this accomplishment.

This achievement shows that the department is “among the leaders in policing in the region” and demonstrates our commitment to excellence. That does not mean we are perfect, not as individuals or as an organization. We want to assure all of our residents that we will continue our efforts to facilitate a positive and active relationship with you, the member of our community, who are our most important resource in keeping Federal Way safe and secure.

I speak for all of the men and women of the Federal Way Police Department when I say that we are proud to be part of this community. Our commitment is to continue to work hard to provide our residents with the highest level of service possible and work towards strengthening our relationships with all stakeholders in our community.

It is an honor for us to serve you!

Andy J. Hwang

Chief of Police