The full-time police support officer for the Snoqualmie Police Department drives a Ford prisoner transport van with room for 13 passengers. Warren, 45, has been with the Snoqualmie Police Department for five years. He ed the department after working as a security officer at Bellevue Community College, where he met other Snoqualmie officers working security at the college part time.
Prior to that, Warren spent 10 years in the Navy as an electronics technician on a submarine before taking a police officer position on Whidbey Island. He worked there five years and loved it. Warren jumped at the chance.
The Seattle native now lives in Monroe with his wife Kathi and their two daughters, Bethany, 14, and Taylor, Warren is responsible for getting detainees to court, picking them up from other police departments when they are through with them and driving them to be booked into jail, usually in Issaquah, after being arrested. The Snoqualmie Police Department is responsible for picking up its citizens who reoffend, no matter where they happen to be around the state.
Warren said he and his passengers will sometimes chat back and forth, but usually they are only traveling short distances so conversations are short. Most of the time I hear regret. The other half of the time they regret that they got caught.
Once in a while Warren offers some life advice to those he comes into contact with. Those in home detention, like Martha Stewart, are required to keep working if they have a job and are monitored regularly.
Those in home detention for a DUI must submit to a random breathalyzer test each day. When on home detention one can only leave to go to work, treatment or counseling, or to get groceries.
Home detention can last anywhere from one week to days. Does Warren enjoy working with offenders? This is part of the job. Most of those he works with have substance-abuse problems and addiction to meth is one of the more common ones. You can always tell a meth addict, Warren said, because they have very bad teeth and sunken-in cheeks as meth deteriorates bone matter and is highly addictive.
One pattern he sees among the offenders he meets is that they often come from parents who were in and out of trouble with the law themselves. Warren also serves as the evidence technician.
He said most departments have a dedicated person just for that job, which can be a handful. As evidence technician Warren has to go through all the evidence collected by other officers and make sure the paperwork has been filled out correctly for each piece and that it is sealed.
He then boxes it up and sends it to the state patrol for drug testing or fingerprints. Warren is the only officer who can open the lockers containing evidence downstairs in the police department. A small room beside the lockers holds all the evidence that the department has to dispose of … everything from cans of Bud and bongs to narcotics and guns.
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