Issaquah police protect and serve — Red Robin burgers

October 16, 2012

Issaquah Deputy Police Chief Steve Cozart serves diners during the Tip-a-Cop fundraiser Oct. 14 at Red Robin.By Jacqueline Kerness/Issaquah Police Department

Issaquah police officers donned aprons to protect and serve — meals, that is — for the annual Tip-a-Cop fundraiser.

Officers served burgers, fries and more to diners Oct. 13 at Red Robin. Tips collected by the Issaquah Police Department benefit Special Olympics Washington.

Issaquah and Snoqualmie officers at the local Red Robin raised about $6,000.

During the event, police officers — alongside Special Olympics athletes and restaurant employees — served patrons and collected donations. Special Olympics Washington provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

The fundraiser encompassed local police departments throughout Washington. Snoqualmie officers joined Issaquah officers at Red Robin for the event.

The task is more difficult to some officers than routine traffic stops and crime-fighting tasks.

“I am not a good server,” Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers joked. “It is a very hard job, and each time I do it, I have more respect for the people who do it on a regular basis.”

The gig doubles as a community outreach effort for the police.

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Issaquah police officers earn top law enforcement honor

May 8, 2012

Officer Jesse Petersen, Cpl. Christian Munoz, and officers Brian Horn and Laura Asbell (from left) stand at the Washington Law Enforcement Memorial after receiving the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor in a May 4 ceremony in Olympia. By Jacqueline Kerness/Issaquah Police Department

In a solemn ceremony not far from the state Capitol, Gov. Chris Gregoire slipped a Law Enforcement Medal of Honor around the necks of police officers involved in a deadly September 2011 shootout at Clark Elementary School.

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Police arrest man for attempting to lure boy

April 13, 2010

Issaquah Police arrested a 19-year-old Issaquah man April 10 after police said he tried to lure a boy into a bookstore restroom.

Police said the man had acted inappropriately near the 11-year-old boy at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1530 11th Ave. N.W. Barnes & Noble employees said the suspect had been escorted from the store twice, but remained on the walkway outside.

Officers determined the man had twice attempted to lure the boy into the store restroom. Police said the man might have been waiting outside the store for the boy to exit. Deputy Police Chief Steve Cozart said the man had passed notes to the boy. The boy or his father then reported the activity to store employees. Officers arrived at about 9:45 p.m.

Officers arrived as the boy and his father left the store. Cozart said officers then interviewed the boy and his father.

Police located the suspect outside as his family members continued to shop inside the store.

Police booked the man into the King County Jail for child luring and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.

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Issaquah Police officer selected for FBI training

February 23, 2010

Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum will attend prestigious FBI National Academy training, the department announced last week.

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