Northwest NEWS

May 28, 2001


Police dept. employees receive honor

BOTHELL - Police Officer John Valentino was chosen "Officer of the Year" and department secretary Cynthia Schuler was selected "Employee of the Year" by for their peers for the year 2000.
   This award was bestowed upon them in recognition for their hard work and unselfish dedication to duty during the last year.
   Valentino, 48, is a 7-year veteran of the Bothell Police Department.
   He was recognized for his efforts in bringing about a peaceful resolution to a standoff with a man that was armed and suicidal.
   He was also commended for his actions that helped safeguard the lives of approximately 200 people and led to the arrest of a man for arson last April during a dance event at the American Legion Hall. Valentino started his law enforcement career with the Honolulu, Hawaii Police Department.
   Cynthia (Cindy) Schuler, 40, was recognized for efforts that were "above and beyond" her specific job function of secretary to the department's Special Operations Division.
   She regularly assisted detectives and school resource officers with non-routine computer tasks.
   Schuler created and maintained several database systems which created efficiencies in tracking progress on detective cases, as well as tracking registered sex offenders who move into and out of the city of Bothell.
   Her proactive attitude and hard work with the department's Registered Sex Offender Verification program has been instrumental in locating and identifying offenders who moved into the city from other jurisdictions. Schuler has been with the police department since 1996.