Port of Seattle police Sgt. Douglas Newman has been named the US Naval Reserve’s Navy Reserve Sailor of the Year.
Newman, a 16-year department veteran, has held numerous positions in the POSPD, including creating and supervising the department’s gang unit. He is also a Master-at-Arms Chief Petty Officer in the USNR and is the Senior Enlisted Leader for Naval Security Forces at Navy Base, Kitsap.
Newman, who previously served in the US Marine Corps and National Guard during the 1990s, enlisted in the Navy Reserve in 2001.
“I’m very lucky because I’m able to be a Master-at-Arms in one community and a civilian police officer in the other. What I learn in one field, I carry over to the next field,” Newman said in a statement released by the Naval Reserves. “Whether it’s a civilian police officer that I work with, or a sailor that I drill with, I have to (think) about their morale and welfare to get the mission done.”
Newman, who has previously received numerous other military awards, including the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Operation Iraqi Freedom Campaign Medal and Military Outstanding Volunteer Medal, was recognized by the Port of Seattle Commission during its June 5 meeting.
“Sergeant Newman exemplifies excellence in service,” Commission President Gael Tarleton said. “We are honored to support his commitment to the Navy Reserves and fortunate to have someone of his skills on our police force.”