Kansas Fraternal Order of Police endorses Derek Schmidt in race for Governor

OVERLAND PARK – (June 25, 2022) – The Kansas State Lodge-Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) today announced its endorsement of Attorney General Derek Schmidt in this year’s race for Kansas Governor. The endorsement for Schmidt comes after the organization had backed Laura Kelly in 2018.

The announcement was made at the Kansas FOP Annual Conference in Overland Park on Saturday, which Schmidt attended. Kansas FOP President Casey Slaughter presented the endorsement after Schmidt addressed the conference attendees.

Slaughter offered the following statement with the endorsement:

“Derek Schmidt is an incredible friend to law enforcement who has always had our backs as attorney general. We at the Fraternal Order of Police are thrilled he has made the choice to continue his public service and entered the race for governor. Today we are proud to announce our endorsement of AG Schmidt for governor of Kansas.

“Derek will be a law-and-order governor who always has the safety and security of our Kansas communities top of mind, and has already announced a solid public safety plan to reduce violent crime and protect our students in schools. We look forward to continuing our partnership with him in his new role as governor and we encourage all Kansans to vote for him in November.”

Schmidt responded with the following statement:

“I’m honored to receive the support of the men and women of the Kansas State Lodge-Fraternal Order of Police. Law enforcement officers are true heroes who dedicate their lives to protecting and serving others at great risk to themselves. I’m humbled these FOP officers put their faith in me, and I won’t let them down.”

Kansas FOP is made up of more than 3,100 sworn law enforcement officers from federal, state, county, and municipal agencies throughout Kansas, and joins the National Latino Peace Officers Association and the National Border Patrol Council as law enforcement organizations endorsing Schmidt for Governor. Schmidt also has been endorsed by more than two dozen current and former Kansas sheriffs.

Earlier this month, Schmidt announced a public-safety plan to improve school security and reduce armed violence in Kansas communities. The plan helps more schools hire School Resource Officers and Mental Health Intervention Teams to protect students, provides funds to assist local school districts in securing facilities, improves threat reporting, and strengthens penalties for gun crimes committed by repeat violent felons. Schmidt characterized the plan as “an overall approach that should garner a bipartisan consensus.”