Spokane Police Employee Awards Ceremony is Tonight

Mayor Condon, Chief Straub to present awards

Monique Cotton, Director of Communication and Public Information, 509.363.8285

Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 12:24 p.m.

The Spokane Police Department will recognize employees for their service to the Spokane community at the SPD Awards Ceremony, tonight, February 26, 2015, at 6:00 pm at Gonzaga Prep School’s Kubiak Theater (1224 E. Euclid Ave.).  Mayor Condon and Chief Straub will deliver remarks and present the following awards at the ceremony:

  • The Life-saving Award - The Lifesaving Award is given to department personnel who, by their immediate actions, have saved a human life under unusual and/or extraordinary circumstances.
  • Distinguished Service Medal - The Distinguished Service Medal is awarded to employees who have demonstrated outstanding sustained and exemplary performance along with diligence and devotion to duty. The performance should exceed normal demands required or expected over an extended period of time. 
  • The Medal of Merit - The Medal of Merit is awarded to members of the department who distinguish themselves by meritorious achievement or meritorious service.
  • Community Service Medal - The Community Service Medal is awarded to employees for an act or achievement in the community beyond the normal call of duty.
  • The Chief’s Citation Award - This award is intended to recognize members of a team or unit for their participation in an incident, event, series of events, or a project that resulted in a substantial, positive impact on the community or department. It must be superior in nature and further the department’s mission and overall effectiveness.

Several of tonight’s award nominees include, but are not limited to:

  • Officer Jake Jensen, who responded to a report of a man who had lost his left hand in a large explosion. Ofc. Jensen applied two tourniquets to the arm of the injured man and made sure he was transported to the hospital safely.
  • Officer Shane Phillips, who responded to a report of a 15-year-old young man who had sustained a gunshot wound to his chest. Although it was unknown if there was an armed suspect at the location, Ofc. Phillips immediately began rendering aid to the victim by applying a seal to the victim’s chest and ensuring he was quickly transported to the hospital for treatment.
  • Officer Traci Ponto, who, along with her husband, purchased materials out of her own pocket to build a fence for the victim of ongoing property crime issues in West Central Spokane.

Contact Police

For in progress crimes and emergencies call 911

To report a non-emergent crime contact:

To provide crime activity or suspect information that doesn't require immediate action contact:

For general police email contact:

For nuisance reports, including code violations (i.e. illegal camping, substantial litter in yards or alleys, graffiti, land use violations), parking complaints, and road condition issues contact:

Media Relations Contact

Julie Humphreys