Lieutenant Jason Verhoff, Sergeant Eric Zerr, Officer Rhonda Anderson, Officer Brad DeVore, Officer Kyle Knox, Officer Tori Newburn, Officer Tawnia Pfaff, Officer Wes Phillips, and Officer Jimmy Stewart










In November 2015, a “state of emergency” was declared to address the homeless crisis. SPD introduced the Navigation Team to help combat the issue. The team is made up of specially trained officers, all of whom volunteered for this challenging assignment. Since then, they have been knocking on RV doors and climbing hillsides to reach our city’s unsheltered residents and connect them with services to fit their individual needs.

The team has conducted more than 2,800 outreach contacts with nearly 850 unsheltered individuals. 557 of these individuals have accepted offers for services and 296 people have been referred to other living arrangements. In coordination with Seattle Public Utilities and several other agencies, the team has cleaned up six million pounds of trash throughout the city.

The Navigation Team has worked tirelessly with partners in health and social services, and will continue to do so, to ensure that our most vulnerable residents are given access to the resources they need.

Nominated by: SPD Public Affairs

Excellence awards are highly competitive, and up to 10 awards in this category are given out each year to individuals or small teams. Emphasis is placed on performance of duties at a particularly high level where the individual or small team has shown a proven consistency of this level of performance, has tackled a long-standing problem through a creative solution, or has gone above and beyond the expectations of their position to impact a person or event for the better.