Deputies Honored at El Katif Shriners 2022 Awards
This year, at El Katif Shriners 2022 Awards, Spokane Valley Police Deputy Travis West and Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Terry Liljenberg were named “Deputy of the Year” for their exemplary professionalism, dedication, and service.
Congratulations, Deputy West and Deputy Liljenberg, and thank you!
Deputy West was honored for his immediate impact with the Spokane Valley Investigative Unit (SVIU), where he was recently assigned.
Deputy West is a self-starter, proactive, works his own cases, writes his own search warrants, and assists other investigators whenever needed. One of the more beneficial aspects of having Deputy West as part of SVIU is his desire to track down and arrest SVIU suspects when probable cause for their arrest has been developed. His work and dedication have been a force multiplier for SVIU, and his efforts to locate suspects goes beyond just the arrest. His tenacity and attention have led to the discovery of new crimes, new investigations, and the seizure of new supporting evidence.
In addition to his SVIU duties, Deputy West also remains available to assist the patrol division whenever needed.
Deputy Liljenberg was honored for his impressive 36-year career with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, where he exemplifies what it means to serve with professionalism, honor, and maintaining public trust.
Here are just a few highlights from Deputy Liljenberg’s blessed career.
- Deputy Liljenberg started his career as a corrections officer in the Spokane County Jail in 1986.
- In 1988, he was hired as a Deputy Sheriff for Spokane County and attended the Basic Law Enforcement Academy.
- 1991, he became a Field Training Officer (FTO) and began mentoring and training new deputies, including Sheriff Knezovich, when he joined the Sheriff's Office as a lateral hire.
- 1996, he stopped being an FTO and went into the DARE Program, where he instructed until it was discontinued in 2003.
- 2003, Deputy Liljenberg returned to the patrol division but continued to teach the DARE Program to several local schools in addition to his patrol duties.
*** Note: there are now many deputies, city police officers, and firefighters who attended the DARE program and recall Deputy Liljenberg’s influence on their career decision. ***
- Deputy Liljenberg has served on the Sheriff’s Office Chaplains Board from 1997 to present.
- He was part of the Sheriff’s Office Bike Patrol from 2003 to 2006.
- He has been a Traffic School Instructor from 2008 to present.
- Deputy Liljenberg returned to being a Field Training Officer in 2016 and is still an FTO to this day.