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On patrol with a King County deputy

CARNATION — Any television series that portrays the

day-to-day happenings of a police officer is usually filled with guns, violence,

drugs and crime. Though Snoqualmie Valley communities are relatively void

of high-profile cases and big-city crimes, it does have its share of tussles

with law-un-abiding citizens.

As part of the King County Sheriff's Office Citizen's

Academy, recruits were able to participate in a police ride along with deputies

from various departments. Last Friday, this reporter spent about four hours

patrolling the streets of Carnation with Deputy Bill Brown of the

Carnation Police Department.

Brown has been with Carnation since 1992. He started as a

reserve officer and eventually worked his way up to a full-time position with

the force. Then, earlier this year when the city decided to contract with

the Sheriff's Office for police services, Brown and officer Scott Allen

were selected to remain in Carnation.

"I love this job and I look forward to it every day," he said. "It's hard

to pinpoint something on why I love this job … I get to make contact with a

lot of people and I got to see a lot of kids grow up."

The following are excerpts from the evening patrol with

Deputy Brown:

6:20 p.m. — Left Carnation Police Department.

6:23 p.m. — Patrolled the Remlinger Farm parking lot;

found nothing unusual.

6:35 p.m. — Conducted Swiftwater area check at the

request of the Homeowner's Association.

6:47 p.m. — Spotted deer on Entwhistle Street near Rivers

Edge subdivision.

6:50 p.m. — Briefly spoke with a person outside of a bed and

breakfast on Tolt River Road Northeast.

6:59 p.m. — Monitored car speeds on Entwhistle Street. Police have

received several complaints about people driving over the 25-mph

speed limit. In response, officers have taken a proactive approach to the

problem, including giving warnings and issuing citations.

7:09 p.m. — A blue truck honked at the deputy who was monitoring

the speed limit from Nick Loutsis Park.

7:20 p.m. — Officer pulled over a silver Dodge Omni on State Route

203 north of Carnation Elementary. The car's license plate light was burnt

out and the 26-year-old driver did not have car insurance.

7:34 p.m. — On the road again.

8:03 p.m. — Stopped by the Cedarcrest High football game at

the Howard Miller Field. Two off-duty deputies were assigned to the game.

8:17 p.m. — Spotted two teenagers sitting in the dark in

Memorial Park. Signs indicated the park was closed. Deputy asked the teens to

return to the football game.

8:25 p.m. — Traffic stop in the 4800 block of State Route 203.

Officer pulled over a Mazda Protégé

with no taillight or front license plate.

8:45 p.m. _ The Deputy recorded information in police log.

8:52 p.m. — Followed an ambulance along Entwhistle Street

near 332nd Avenue. It was determined that the ambulance was on a medical

call and didn't need police assistance.

8:56 p.m. — Monitored speed limit from Nick Loutsis Park.

8:58 p.m. — Stopped a Chevrolet station wagon in the 32800 block

of Entwhistle Street for two broken taillights. Officer gave the

16-year-old driver a verbal warning.

9:08 p.m. — Monitored speed limit from Nick Loutsis Park.

9:26 p.m. — Requested information on a blue truck and its owner,

who had had problems with the law in the past. The truck and owner were clear.

9:47 p.m. — Monitored speed limit from the fire station.

10:14 p.m. _ Drove through Tolt MacDonald park and monitored

the traffic from the football game.

10:21 p.m. — Returned to the police station.

NOTE: This is part of a continuing series by Valley Record

reporter Michelle Liu on the citizen's academy.

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