Law enforcement groups back Derek Schmidt for attorney general

TOPEKA – (Updated: October 23, 2018) – Three law enforcement groups have endorsed Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s reelection.

Schmidt received the endorsements of the National Latino Peace Officers Association Advocacy, Kansas State Troopers Association and the Fraternal Order of Police–Kansas State Lodge.

“Attorney General Schmidt has built a longstanding record of support for Kansas law enforcement and has made public safety a top priority,” said Bryan Clark, president of the Kansas State Troopers Association. “We are proud to support his reelection.”

The members of the Kansas State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police, who honored Attorney General Schmidt as their 2017 Member of the Year, added their support.

“The Kansas State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police is proud to endorse our brother, Derek Schmidt, for reelection to the position of the Kansas Attorney General,” said Blaine Dryden, president of the State Lodge. “Attorney General Schmidt is proactive in leading the fight for victims rights, and the betterment of law enforcement in our state. We are proud to sit at the table with Attorney General Schmidt every year when we discuss legislative issues that will affect Kansas law enforcement.”

Schmidt was also endorsed by the National Latino Peace Officers Association Advocacy.

“The NLPOA-Advocacy supports Derek Schmidt because he backs law enforcement and will help keep Kansas safe and secure,” the organization stated in its endorsement letter.

Schmidt said as Kansas’ chief law enforcement official, he was proud to have the support of law enforcement organizations as he seeks a third term.

“It is an honor every day to serve alongside the brave men and women in Kansas law enforcement as we work to keep Kansas safe,” Schmidt said. “I am grateful not only for their support, but more importantly, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the citizens of the State of Kansas.”

During his time in office, Schmidt has successfully advocated for construction of a new crime laboratory for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and enactment of tough new laws against human trafficking, racketeering, elder abuse, and identity theft. He also led the effort to pass the Law Enforcement Protection Act in 2017, which increased penalties for those who commit crimes against law enforcement officers. In 2013, he was named the Policy Maker of the Year by the Kansas County and District Attorneys Association, previously received the Friend of Law Enforcement award from the Kansas Sheriffs Association, and was named the Criminal Justice Professional of the Year by the Wichita Crime Commission.