August 21, 2019

Law Enforcement Appreciation Breakfast 2019


YWCA Domestic Violence Advocates & Law Enforcement Partners, Photo by Jessica Ratterree Photography

YWCA Spokane held their 6th annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Breakfast on Wednesday Aug 21st, 2019 to honor local officers and detectives who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to improve the lives of domestic violence survivors.

YWCA Spokane staff, law enforcement, and the honorees friends and family joined together to celebrate the accomplishments of this years award winners. Each award is presented in recognition of the professionalism and compassion demonstrated by law enforcement that has had a positive and lasting impact on the lives of survivors of domestic violence.

2019 Award Honorees

  • Deputy Louis Acosta
  • Officer Aaron Ames
  • Deputy Jay Bailey
  • Detective Barbara Byington
  • Officer Samuel Chimienti
  • Officer Chan Erdman
  • Sargent Jordan Ferguson
  • Detective Dustin Howe
  • Deputy Timothy Jones
  • Detective Mike McNees
  • Officer Paul Mead
  • Officer Alisha Nguyen
  • Officer Richie Plunkett
  • Detective Mike Ricketts
  • Deputy Alex Velikodnyy
  • 3rd Annual Jackie Bell Award Recipient, Officer Timothy Schwering

About The Jackie Bell Award

After the untimely passing of YWCA Spokane Legal Advocate, Jackie Bell, in 2017, staff chose to commemorate her contributions to our community, agency, and clients by establishing an annual Jackie Bell Award. This award acknowledges an individual within the domestic violence and law enforcement community who embodies the vision, compassion, creativity, and community spirit that Jackie instilled within her work and life. This year, YWCA Spokane had the proud honor of presenting the third annual Jackie Bell award to Officer Timothy Schwering.

Throughout the many nominations we received and read through for Officer Schwering, a single phrase kept re-appearing. This phrase, as quoted, is he went above and beyond, says Morgan Colburn, YWCA Spokane Director of Counseling, Advocacy, & Outreach who presented the award. The kindness, compassion and dedication that he displays for victims in crisis, trauma and potentially some of the worst moments of their lives is not
lost on us.


YWCA Spokane would like to express sincere gratitude to staff members, law enforcement, volunteers, and to valued sponsors who are making this event possible: 1st Ave Coffee, Donut Parade, Event Rents, Jessica Ratterree Photography, Prohibition Gastropub, and Roast House Coffee.

Community Coming Together

For 116 years, YWCA Spokane has been helping women and children overcome social, economic, and personal barriers in order to accomplish their goals and achieve healthier and more fulfilling lives.

Reducing family trauma has been selected as Spokane’s top community concern. YWCA Spokane collaborates with community organizations and local, state, and federal government agencies and programs in order to educate our community and create a climate of accountability.

We must come together to address this issue which affects our families, our community, and our economic health. Together with our community partners, we are able to disrupt long standing societal patterns of trauma. Thank you to local law enforcement for joining us on this mission.

If you or your organization would like to Join YWCA Spokane on our mission to End The Silence with domestic violence, please contact Nicole Nimens, Community Educator and Outreach Coordinator, at to learn more.

By: Drew Swanson

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