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Night of 1,000 Stars DUI Patrol Dedicated in Memory of Traffic Sergeant

 

Media Contact;
Annie Kirk, Target Zero Manager, King County North, (360) 319 – 3321
Sara Wood, Target Zero Manager, King County South, (253) 856 – 5851
Lieutenant Robert Saloum, Kirkland Police Department PIO, (425) 587-3417

 The King County Traffic Safety Task Force is dedicating extra DUI patrols this weekend to the memory of Sergeant Nathan Rich, Kirkland Police Department, for his contributions to traffic safety. The “Night of 1,000 Stars” DUI emphasis symbolizes the badges of officers working throughout Washington State to stop drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Sergeant Rich passed away in October 2017 and had served on the task force for several years to address impaired driving and other traffic safety issues in Kirkland.

Kirkland Police Department’s Police Chief Cherie Harris states “Sergeant Nathan Rich was just shy of his 20th year of service with the Kirkland Police Department.  He was larger than life in every way and his untimely death on 10/13/2017, has left a huge hole.  He will always be remembered for his wit, extraordinary dedication and excellence, impacting every member of the department and his community.” 

Twenty eight law enforcement agencies are working the extra DUI patrols in King County, contributing to more than 150 law enforcement agencies statewide. Participating law enforcement agencies in King County include: Algona Police Department, Auburn Police Department, Bellevue Police Department, Black Diamond Police Department, Burien Police Department, Covington Police Department, Enumclaw Police Department, Federal Way Police Department, Issaquah Police Department, Kenmore Police Department, Kent Police Department, Kirkland Police Department, Lake Forest Park Police Department, Maple Valley Police Department, Mercer Island Police Department, Newcastle Police Department, Normandy Park Police Department, Pacific Police Department, Port of Seattle Police Department, Redmond Police Department, Sammamish Police Department, SeaTac Police Department, Seattle Police Department, Shoreline Police Department, Snoqualmie North Bend Police Department, Tukwila Police Department, Washington State Liquor Control Board, and the Washington State Patrol.

Extra patrols are funded by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and are part of the state’s Target Zero work to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries to zero.
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