Today, Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) released the following statement in reflection of the shooting which killed four Lakewood Police Officers a year ago:

“One year ago today, four Lakewood Police Officers were the target of a heinous, senseless crime. As we reflect on this tragic day, let us honor and remember their sacrifice and service. These valiant officers lost their lives working to keep our communities safe and they will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers also continue to be with their friends, family and loved ones. 

“The horrific murder of these officers, committed by a criminal originating from a state hundreds of miles away, is a vivid reminder of the risks our police officers face each and every day. While there is nothing we can do to bring them back, we can honor their loss by working to help prevent an act like this from occurring again.

“In the days and months since that dreadful day, we have not only mourned with gatherings and vigils, but also with action to help prevent this sort of tragedy from happening again. Earlier this year, the Interstate Commission for Adult Offenders Supervision, the body that governs the release and supervision of convicted felons across state lines, adopted changes to the compact between states that will help prevent similar tragedies from happening again. 

“I will continue to do what I can to protect and support the men and women who work to keep our families and our communities safe.”