Cpl. Teresa Fuller
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 1:28 p.m.
The Spokane Police Department is very proud to announce Captain Tracie Meidl has been selected as Officer of the Month for October, 2018 by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF). As a recipient of this award, Capt. Meidl will be honored at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C. in 2019.
Captain Tracie Meidl has served the citizens of Spokane, Washington, well for more than 25 years. Her passion and commitment to the law enforcement profession, and to the community, is clear throughout her career.
Captain Meidl began her law enforcement career as a Spokane Police Explorer in 1989, a program that gives young adults the opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement by working with local agencies. She became a full-time law enforcement officer in 1993. Since then, she has held almost every position within the department and currently serves as a captain in Spokane’s South Precinct.
Throughout her career, Captain Meidl was a K-9 officer, a member of the Peer Assistance Team that helps fellow officers who have been involved in critical incidents, and spent time as a Public Information Officer on the department's PIO Team. During her time in the Community, Youth and Intervention Services division, she expanded the Spokane Police Activities League, engaging more than 300 youths each summer. Captain Meidl designed a restorative justice program for Spokane Public Schools called ‘Restore Our Kids,’ providing an afterschool program for students to attend who would otherwise be suspended from school.
Captain Meidl was also instrumental in the formation of the Spokane Faith Alliance, building a relationship with community leaders. Recently, she helped preview Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Washington, which supports increased access to high-quality preschool, home visiting, and expanded learning opportunities.
While Captain Meidl has accumulated many law enforcement awards and certificates, her commitment to her community stands out through her volunteer work. She was a member of her Church Hospitality Team from 2004 to 2013 and currently serves on the Spokane Housing Ventures Board. She is also a YWCA board member.
“To be a good law enforcement officer, you need a dedication to service and your community,” Memorial Fund Chief Executive Officer Craig W. Floyd said. “Captain Meidl isn’t just a good officer, her many commitments show she’s a great one. These efforts do not go unnoticed, and it’s my honor to present her with the Memorial Fund’s Officer of the Month Award for October 2018.”
“Captain Meidl has a tremendous gift for building meaningful relationships between the Spokane Police Department and our community. She spends countless evenings and weekends attending functions, answering questions, and serving as an ambassador for our agency,” said Assistant Chief Justin Lundgren. “Captain Meidl is motivated by a desire to make the SPD better and the community safer. Her efforts are truly exceptional and worthy of recognition.”
Since September 1996, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has honored a deserving officer (or set of officers) each month at the local, state or federal level—men and women who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. In addition to recognition in their own communities, Officer of the Month Award recipients are honored at a special awards reception each May in Washington, DC, during National Police Week, and they are featured in the Memorial Fund’s annual calendar.
*Excerpts of this release were taken from the NLEOMF’s website. You can see the page on Capt. Meidl’s award here: http://www.nleomf.org/officers/month/otm-archive/otm-oct-2018.html
Officer John O'Brien