Lake City Elks Club Law Enforcement Appreciation Night

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

On Tuesday evening, March 23, the Lake City Elks Club held their annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Banquet at their lodge on 145th street. Local police agencies were invited to honor their officers, detectives and volunteers of the year and share a delicious dinner. This year’s attendees included the Police Departments of Shoreline, Seattle, Lake Forest Park, Woodinville, Kirkland, and Sammamish as well as the King County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol. 

Left to Right, Julie Allen, Det. Cary Coblantz, Hill Williams, Ofc. Roger Heath, Capt. Ted Stensland.

 City of Shoreline award winners included:
Hill Williams, Volunteer of the Year, Shoreline Police West Neighborhood Center. Mr. Williams has volunteered with Shoreline Police since 1995, performing Vacation House Checks, Park Patrol, Crime Prevention through Environmental Design, Emergency Contact Card updates as well as editing publications such as the Block Watch News, crime prevention brochures and updates to the website.

Julie Allen, Volunteer of the Year, Shoreline Police East Neighborhood Center. Ms. Allen has volunteered with Shoreline Police since 1998, being instrumental in managing the False Alarm program. She also volunteers weekly at the Shoreline Community Church and at Hope for Horses in Woodinville, caring for injured and abused horses.

Detective Cary Coblantz, Shoreline Police Detective of the Year. In 2009 Detective Coblantz identified a minimum of three large scale burglary rings that were operating in King and Snohomish Counties. Based on the cases filed by Detective Coblantz and the suspect information he provided, numerous felony charges have been brought against the suspects in these cases. To date, these burglary rings are responsible for hundreds of residential and commercial burglaries. Detective Coblantz has received numerous commendations (Shoreline Police Department, Seattle Police Department and the King County Prosecutors Office) this year recognizing him for the exceptional job he has done as an investigator.

Officer Roger Heath, Shoreline Police Officer of the Year. Officer Heath is a 32 year veteran who serves as a Traffic Enforcement Officer for the City, and is noted for his strong work ethic and upbeat attitude. His thorough processing of a burglary scene yielded latent fingerprints that were later used to identify and charge a suspect. He also located and chased, first in a car and then on foot a vehicle prowling suspect half his age, and took him into custody. He was able to return stolen property to several students at Kings High School before they even knew their cars had been broken into in the parking lot.

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