Olympia Police detective selected Officer of the Year

ahobbs@theolympian.comFebruary 7, 2014 

Det. Chris Johnstone


The American Legion Post No. 3 has selected Olympia Police Det. Chris Johnstone as its Officer of the Year.

Johnstone was honored at Tuesday’s Olympia City Council meeting. He received a certificate, a plaque and a check for $500. The money will be donated to the Olympia Cops and Kids Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on youth development programs.

By honoring Johnstone, the American Legion post hopes to renew an annual tradition, said member David Gelrose. In the future, the post plans to recognize top educators and firefighters in a similar fashion.

“He’s got a very distinguished record,” Gelrose said of Johnstone. “He’s done a lot of very impressive things for the Olympia Police.”

In May, the Police Department chose Johnstone as its Officer of the Year for his detective work in 2012. This helped influence his selection by the American Legion.

Johnstone is credited for clearing several cases. Among his notable accomplishments: Johnstone captured a suspect who threw sulfuric acid at the face of Thurston County District Judge Michael Buckley. Johnstone’s investigation determined that the suspect had retaliated against the judge over a restraining order involving an ex-girlfriend. The detective also linked the sale of battery acid to the suspect.

According to the nomination for the Police Department honor, Johnstone played a key role in the investigation of five homicides in 2012. He was also the lead detective in a robbery that led to the arrest of eight suspects.

“Detective Johnstone has a great deal of job knowledge, completes detailed work with little or no supervision and has been an asset to the unit for many years,” the nomination states.

Johnstone was hired by the department in 1995.

Andy Hobbs: 360-704-6869 ahobbs@theolympian.com

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