Omaha, Neb. -- At a press conference earlier today, the Omaha Police Officers Association (OPOA) and Nebraska Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Chuck Hassebrook in his campaign for Governor.
“This was an easy choice to make. It is clear that Chuck Hassebrook’s number one priority is to keep Nebraskans safe, unlike his opponent Pete Ricketts, who just doesn’t seem to get it when it comes to Good Time,” said OPOA President Sargent John Wells.
President of the Nebraska Fraternal Order of Police John Francavilla reiterated support from law enforcement, “The Good Time issue is important and needs to be addressed immediately by the next Governor. Any delay will jeopardize the public safety of the citizens of Nebraskans. That’s why we’re backing Chuck Hassebrook for Governor.”
Chuck Hassebrook said, “I’m honored to have the support of men and women who risk their lives every day to protect our safety, and I pledge to use my full authority as Governor to help them do their job. The Governor has the authority to take away every day of automatically granted good time from prisoners who demonstrate from their behavior that they are a threat to the safety of our communities. Governor Heineman hasn’t done that, and Pete Ricketts won’t. But when I’m Governor the buck will stop at my desk, and I will take it away on Day One.”
The Omaha Police Officers Association represents more than 750 sworn peace officers in the Omaha Police Department. The Nebraska Fraternal Order of Police is composed of over 40 lodges throughout the state, and represents more than 325,000 officers nationally.
Hassebrook has also received the support of former Omaha and Lincoln Mayors, fourteen state Senators, the AFL-CIO, and Nebraska State Education Association (NSEA), along with early support from Dick Holland, Susie Buffett, and Warren Buffett.
Hassebrook served on the University of Nebraska Board Of Regents for 18 years, and spent 36 years working for rural communities at the Center for Rural Affairs, a national rural advocacy and development organization based in Lyons, where he has assisted over 10,000 rural Nebraska small businesses.