Susan Allen, who has assisted the Bellevue Police Department one way or another for nearly 30 years, will receive the Governor's Volunteer Service Award today, given by the Washington Commission for National and Community Service.
Allen has been an official Bellevue Police volunteer since 1995, but her history helping the department goes back to 1980, when she was active with Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Since then, she has worked at the Factoria Community Station, supported the Crime Analysis Unit, helped schedule and coordinate interview boards and now works in the Transit Center Community Station downtown. Allen also assists at annual events such as National Night Out and the Child Safety Fair.
A lifelong resident of Bellevue, Allen has always taken an active interest in the safety and security of her neighborhood.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my years with BPD," Allen said. "It's been a very rewarding experience and I've learned so much. I've had the opportunity to work with a great staff and other volunteers while providing a service to the department and to the community."
Recipients of the Governor's Award are selected based in such things as longevity of service, number of hours volunteered, number and diversity of programs and/or organizations supported, and contributions to sustaining the programs they support.
This award, which Gov. Gregoire was scheduled to give Allen in Olympia, is given during National Volunteer Week (April 19-25) to recognize the importance and value of "service and volunteerism as a strategy to accomplish needed activities throughout the state."
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