Snoqualmie Police Department adds Homegrown Rookie as Newest Member

The Snoqualmie Police Department is adding a new officer and this time its newest member is a Snoqualmie Valley native.

This week Snoqualmie Police Chief Steve McCulley proudly announced the Police Academy Graduation of his newest officer, Chad Ridout, who went through five months of rigorous training at the Academy in Burien.

On Tuesday, January 12, 2016, Officer Ridout graduated and was voted “Patrol Partner” by his peer recruit officers, being recognized as the officer fellow academy class members would want as backup if they called for assistance on the street.

Chief McCulley said Ridout will do field training with several senior officers for the next three months as he joins the Snoqualmie Police Department. He will be sworn in at the next City Council Meeting on Monday January 25, 2016.

Officer Ridout grew up in the Snoqualmie Valley and still resides in the area with his wife Emily, a Mount Si High School graduate who now works at Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church.

Emily’s father, Larry White, is longtime City of Snoqualmie employee, working in the Parks and Public Works Department, as well as the longtime coach of theMount Si HS Girls Softball Team.

Wife Emily explained that being a police officer was “kind of a dream job for Chad,¬†but not something he ever thought about fully pursuing until a year and a half ago.”
She said he was fortunate to test well and get through the training process pretty quickly Рand by the time he graduated a position had opened in the Snoqualmie Police Department, which was his first choice.
Chief McCulley said Emily’s dad Larry is a very proud father-in-law. Congratulations Officer Ridout!
Officer Chad Ridout (3rd from left) at his Police Academy Graduation, with Chief McCulley and other members of the Snoqualmie Police Department.

Officer Chad Ridout (3rd from left) at his Police Academy Graduation, with Chief McCulley and other members of the Snoqualmie Police Department.

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