Vancouver officer named Officer of the Month by national association

Julie Ballou earns high praise for her work through the Vancouver Police Activities League

VANCOUVER — A Vancouver police officer was selected by a national association last week as the winner of the April Law Enforcement Officer of the Month award.

There are three in my folder, all with the same cutline: Officer Julie Ballou was the winner of the April Law Enforcement Officer of the Month award from the National Association of Police Athletic/Activities League. Photo courtesy of Vancouver Police Department
There are three in my folder, all with the same cutline: Officer Julie Ballou was the winner of the April Law Enforcement Officer of the Month award from the National Association of Police Athletic/Activities League. Photo courtesy of Vancouver Police Department

Officer Julie Ballou was the recipient of the honor from the National Association of Police Athletic/Activities League.

“Officer Ballou has spent the last 10 years as an engaged member of the PAL Community, first serving as a boxing coach, and then as a PAL board member and mentor,” the association said in a press release. “Officer Ballou represents the patrol officers on the board, coaches the police team for the annual Hoopin’ with Heroes Charity Basketball game (where Police play against Firefighters), mentors several PAL teens, and has adopted a classroom as part of the PAL Patrol program. Every day Officer Ballou goes above and beyond, with a contagious passion for helping her community.”

There are three in my folder, all with the same cutline: Officer Julie Ballou was the winner of the April Law Enforcement Officer of the Month award from the National Association of Police Athletic/Activities League. Photo courtesy of Vancouver Police Department
There are three in my folder, all with the same cutline: Officer Julie Ballou was the winner of the April Law Enforcement Officer of the Month award from the National Association of Police Athletic/Activities League. Photo courtesy of Vancouver Police Department

The National Association of Police Athletic/Activities League uses the monthly awards as a way to inspire colleagues and friends who are steadfast in their service to their communities.

“Officer Ballou is extremely deserving of this award,” Vancouver Police Chief James McElvain said. “Her ongoing commitment to serving youth in our community and her dedication to the Vancouver Police Activities League is truly inspiring.”

For more information on the Vancouver Police Activities League, visit www.vancouverpal.org.

For more information on National PAL, visit www.nationalpal.org.

There are three in my folder, all with the same cutline: Officer Julie Ballou was the winner of the April Law Enforcement Officer of the Month award from the National Association of Police Athletic/Activities League. Photo courtesy of Vancouver Police Department
There are three in my folder, all with the same cutline: Officer Julie Ballou was the winner of the April Law Enforcement Officer of the Month award from the National Association of Police Athletic/Activities League. Photo courtesy of Vancouver Police Department
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