Stories from the Street

OPD Celebrates Two Sergeant Promotions 

The Olympia Police Department promoted two officers to Sergeant as part of the Public Safety Levy. The promotions fill the vacant positions on Patrol created by the expanded Walking Patrol and the new Neighborhood Liaison unit.

The department promoted Sergeant Jason Winner and Shelby Parker effective December 1, 2018.

Sergeant Winner has over 10 years with the department. He worked in Detectives, served on Thurston County SWAT team, is a Firearms instructor for the department, and a Police Training Officer.

Sergeant Parker is in her 16th year with the department. She currently serves as the department’s Drug Recognition Expert, spent two years in Detectives prior to the promotion, is a Blue Courage and Fair and Impartial Policing instructor, and a Police Training Officer.


OPD Concludes Inaugural Citizens Academy

The Olympia Police Department implemented its first Citizens Academy in an effort to build community trust and relationships.

Spearheaded by Sergeant Amy King, the academy included an overview of the department, introduction to law, traffic and DUI Investigations, K9 demonstrations, an overview of the records department and chaplain program, crime scene processing, interviewing and interrogations, use-of-force policies and case law, defensive tactics, less-lethal demonstrations, handcuffing, searching, and role-playing scenarios.

The department hosted 16 citizens and business owners for eight three-hour sessions. More than 25 officers contributed to the event, as well as non-commissioned staff, and employees from the courts and County. The academy ran from September 27 to November 10.