The idea is to help others pursue the same career as Tina Griswold, a Lakewood police officer who was gunned down with three colleagues more than a year ago.
First came a $1,000 scholarship for people interested in law enforcement. Now it’s a 5K Fun Run/Walk for Tina to help fund the scholarship and honor Griswold’s birthday weekend.
“It’s fitting in a lot of ways,” said police Lt. Heidi Hoffman, who sat on a selection committee for the scholarship and is helping to organize the Jan. 29 event at Fort Steilacoom Park. “This is our way of turning something horrible into something productive.”
Griswold of Lacey, Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Greg Richards and Ronald Owens were shot to death Nov. 29, 2009, while preparing for their shift in a Parkland coffee shop.
Shortly after the killings, the National Association of Women in Criminal Justice announced the scholarship and awarded it to Margaret Cornell, an intern with campus police at Washington State University.
It’s important to pay homage to female law enforcement officers who stand out, said Wanda McRae, a board member for the association.
She finds it fitting the scholarship bears Griswold’s name because the slain officer worked with students at Clover Park High School.
“This is an excellent opportunity to recognize (Griswold) as well as the students who are striving to better themselves and make a contribution to criminal justice,” McRae said.
Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653 firstname.lastname@example.org