In his State of the City address yesterday, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn emphasized the importance of community-police relations using three well-known officers, including Denise Bouldin, AKA Detective Cookie, who was voted Best Police Officer in last year’s Best of Southeast Seattle Reader’s Choice Awards.
From the Mayor’s speech:
What if we had the kind of police officers that would walk kids to school and help them set up after-school programs? We do. Officer Denise Bouldin, please stand up. Also known as “Cookie” by many, Officer Bouldin began the Chess Club that is now a huge ongoing success in the Rainier Valley. She was looking for an activity about three years ago that could be used to prevent youth violence. Discussing it over with some kids officers were playing with, someone suggested a chess tournament. That led to the Chess Club, where kids are learning consequences – consequences of their actions in chess and in real life. Thank you, Officer Bouldin, for your service. More.
Detective Cookie’s Chess Club hosted a popular station at the 2009 Rainier Valley Heritage Parade. Photo/do communications