Northwest NEWS

October 29, 2001


Bothell police officer wins award

City of Bothell Police Officer Dan Christman was honored with the Rich Cochran Memorial Trophy (Best First Year Motorcycle Officer Award) at the North American Motor Officers Association competition in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Christman competed for the first time in the Rookie category and was tested on two time obstacle courses, a slow course, and a pairs competition. The winner was determined by best overall time.
   "It's such an honor to receive this trophy," said City of Bothell Officer Dan Christman. "I really didn't expect this award, it was a great surprise."
   "The city of Bothell is very proud of our police officers, but when they are recognized with awards, that pride shows through even more," said City of Bothell Police Chief Mark Ericks. "Officer Christman worked hard to achieve his award and the honor is much-deserved."
   A first year motorcycle officer, Christman has been with the City of Bothell Police Department since 1997, serving first in the Patrol Division, then moving into the Juvenile Section and Traffic Enforcement.
   Prior to law enforcement, Christman spent 15 years in forensic investigations, serving most of his time with the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office.
   Christman has collateral duties with the Traffic Division and is currently the City's D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Officer. He also teaches D.A.R.E. at eight Bothell (Northshore School District) schools, teaches forensic investigation classes at the Criminal Justice Training Commission in Burien, and assists various outside law enforcement agencies with crime scene reconstructions.