Trevor Freutel will be honored as the Port of Seattle Police Officer of the Year for 2013.
This award recognizes members who demonstrate exceptional achievement, the highest standards of competence and professionalism, and a genuine commitment to their profession, the department and the public they serve.
Freutel, a patrol officer, focuses on community policing. His additional areas of interest include tactical medicine and civil disturbance. Since joining the department in 2003, he served with the gang and bike patrol units.
“Officer Freutel’s consummate professionalism and people skills, personal initiative and unswerving devotion to duty is in keeping with the core values of leadership, integrity and accountability of the Port of Seattle Police Department,” said Port of Seattle Police Chief Colleen Wilson. “People like Officer Freutel set the standard as we move towards our goal of being the nation’s finest port police.”
Born in Seattle, Freutel was raised in Boise, Idaho and attended college in Portsmouth, VA. Prior to joining the port, he served as a U.S. Navy corpsman with the U.S. Marine Corps and as a military instructor at the Naval School of Health Sciences in Portsmouth.
Officer Freutel credits his wife of almost 20 years, who works at the Seattle Police Department as a domestic violence detective, with much of his success in policing. A private award recognition ceremony is scheduled for Friday, March 15.