Deputy C.C. Champagne
Posted on 03/04/2022
Get to know Deputy Champagne!

How many years have you been in law enforcement with King County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) and any other agencies?

11 years Detroit Police and 5 years with KCSO.

How long have you been in Newcastle, and what do you like about working here?

About a year. I really enjoy working in the City of Newcastle. I typically work when most of the city is in bed, so I have fewer interactions than most. The interactions I do have with citizens are mostly positive and supportive. For the most part, the city is a safe and quiet community. My only caution is not to let the feeling of security breed carelessness. Lock your doors when a vehicle or home is unattended, don't leave valuables in the car, and take the appropriate steps to avoid crimes of opportunity. Making a safe community is all of our responsibility. 

What do you wish people knew about police or police work?

Law enforcement is a very rewarding and fulfilling career. Regardless of negative media, rumors, and political statements made about law enforcement, the truth is we are here for you. We are human beings growing up in the same cities, economy, and social environment as everybody else. That means there are always going to be those who make mistakes or join law enforcement with ill intent; however, in my total time in law enforcement I can say that the intent most officers have is both good and genuine. I have witnessed officers going far above and beyond for the good of a community. I have known officers to be self-sacrificing and dedicated toward building a safe community. Officers also have families out there, and we have a vested interest in reducing crime and traffic violations regardless of geographical location. I could go on forever about this topic but the point is be supportive of law enforcement. We serve you, and when the public loses trust it greatly impacts or ability to do that.

What hobbies do you have outside of work?

To name a few… I enjoy the outdoors. It’s not uncommon for me to hike to a peak, walk along a coastal beach, or camp in the forest. I also do amateur woodworking, bicycle, or go to the gym. When I’m cooped up indoors I relax by playing board/video games, stream a show, or catch up on some sleep.

Anything else you'd like people to know?

You can always come talk to me if I’m not actively engaged in a police contact; I will listen. I am very visible in the city so I’m easy to find. I have had many conversations with residents, almost nightly. Actually, most conversations have had nothing to do with police work. I appreciate the communication and feedback I’ve received while working here. I think it’s important for officers and residents to develop a connection and have an understanding, because we are all in this together. People may think officers forget them because we encounter so many people each day. I can say, personally, I remember a lot more details than people think, and people often act surprised when I’m able to talk about the smallest detail that was casually mentioned years ago. Based on discussions I’ve had here I think most people I encounter feel the respect I’ve shown them.
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