Woodinville's newest and finest (from left), Officer Kent Baxter, Master Officer Nick Minzghor, Officers Tiffany Atwood and Mark Konoske, Detective Pat Raftis, and Sgt. Rich Krogh, Woodinville Police Administrator.
Photo by Jeff Switzer/Woodinville Weekly.
by Jeff Switzer
Since Jan. 1, the City of Woodinville has had four new dedicated police officers patrolling the streets under the city's new contract, and staff are now ready to unveil the new uniforms, patches, and city-marked police cruisers.
The four new officers were introduced to the City Council at its Jan. 16 study session. "They're a mixture of veterans and relatively new officers who have the eagerness to serve and work," said Sgt. Rich Krogh, Woodinville Police Administrator. "There's a lot of talent in these four people."
Krogh says the public has a misconception that all the police do is chase bad guys, when in reality, they spend the majority of their time solving community problems.
The new officers are already hard at work on projects, including monitoring cars which have been passing school buses loading in the Woodinville Heights neighborhood, and working with Woodinville High School and Leota Junior High.
As for the uniform, the new police cruiser markings and the patches, Krogh has been working with Carter Hawley, assistant to the City Manager, on incorporating the city's logo. "I like it. It looks sharp," Krogh said of the new navy blue uniform, which is a standard "L.A.P.D. Blue" used by many jurisdictions throughout the country.
Currently, Krogh is the only one outfitted with the new duds, but the other officers should be fitted and suited up in about two weeks.
Officer Nick Minzghor is a seven-year veteran with the department and holds the position of Master Police Officer. This position includes the duties of officer training, on-scene incident command and officer supervision. Minzghor is also a field training officer and shares the responsibility for training new recruits as they come out of Police Academy. He also has past experience with the detective unit and has been trained in the use of the police mountain bike.
Officer Kent Baxter has been with the department for 12 years and is also a training officer for new recruits, and a specialist for evidence collection and crime scene processing. Baxter has previous experience as a community police officer and as a detective, and has lived and worked in the Woodinville area for several years. In March 1995, Baxter was honored by the Woodinville City Council for his outstanding work during an arson investigation and Bothell homicide.
Officer Tiffany Atwood has been with the department for four years and has spent the last few years working in the Woodinville area. Atwood is a field training officer for new recruits and is currently a School Resource Officer with Northshore School District working with both Leota Junior High and Woodinville High School.
Officer Mark Konoske joined the force in 1993 and moved to the Woodinville area from California where he had spent three years with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. Konoske has an interest in street gangs and drug enforcement and would like to work with a mountain bike program. He currently attends Shoreline Community College.