King County Trooper Evan Bacon has received the Washington’s Most Wanted officer of the month award in recognition of his excellent work for his collision investigation that resulted in taking a child rape suspect into custody on Dec. 27.
During the award presentation, set to air tonight on Washington’s Most Wanted, the host David Rose said, “Trooper Bacon is being honored because his actions show he cares deeply about not only helping motorists when they’re in distress, but also in protecting our kids. Without his awareness and diligence that day, an accused child rapist might still be free to prey on another victim.”
When asked how he felt about his investigation Trooper Bacon stated, “I have children of my own so it’s a huge thing. Kids are the innocent things we have in society so you have to protect them so taking this guy off the road, off the highways, off the city streets is huge for me.” but was reluctant to receive praise for what he feels was just part of doing his job as a Washington State Trooper.
Washington State Patrol Assistant Chief Curt Hattell said, “This is an exceptional example of what we want to see in a Trooper. Not to embarrass Trooper Bacon, but he really is the epitome of what we’re looking for. Somebody that’s out there doing not only the core mission of traffic law enforcement, but looking beyond that stop and taking the job very, very seriously.”
The Washington State Patrol is in need of more quality men and women like Trooper Bacon who know that law enforcement is about making a difference and improving public safety for everyone. For more information about applying for one of the valued positions in the Washington State Patrol go to our web site www.wsp.wa.gov under “Be a Trooper”.