C.O.P.S. Northeast

5208 N. Market
Spokane, WA 99207

About Us

C.O.P.S. Northeast is the second substation to open in Spokane. Collaboration between neighborhood residents and then Mayor Sheri Barnard’s ‘Spokane Project’ resulted in the site being found for our shop. Al Paulsen gave us the site at 5208 N. Market to rebuild for our shop.

Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Rask spearheaded the fundraising and collection of building materials. Working with Frank Forrest, from the Spokane Building Trades Council, and Spokane Service Team of ESD 101, and neighborhood businesses, our shop ‘rose from the ashes’ to open in conjunction with the Hillyard Festival on August 7, 1993.

We have had five (5) Neighborhood Conditions Officers (NCO) since we opened. Officer Percy Watkins, our first NCO- 3 ½ years, Officer Larry House – 2 years, Officer Bonnie Sherar – 6 ½ years, Officer Dan Waters – 1 year, Kim Thomas – 6 years, and our current NCO Wayne Downing.

The Washington State Department of Corrections put two Community Corrections Officers (CCO’s) in our shop in early 1995, under their Neighborhood Based Supervision program. They work with offenders who primarily reside in the Hillyard area.

Our primary focus is the safety and education of our neighborhood on safety issues. But, we also like to have FUN. For a short period of time, we had a singing group called the ‘Shameless Squad of Police Dept. Cheerleaders.’ We sang at the Hillyard Festival one year, and at a Spokane City Council Meeting. Oddly enough, we were never invited anywhere else to sing.


  • Neighborhood Resource Center to report neighborhood crimes and problems
  • Referral to agencies in the Spokane Community
  • Crime prevention information resources
  • Accessibility to Neighborhood Resource Officers for the Hillyard and Minnehaha Neighborhoods
  • Graffiti team
  • Vehicle accident reports
  • Code Enforcement forms
  • Meeting facility
  • Department of Corrections Officers
  • Bicycle Registration
  • Registered sex offender information
  • Latent Fingerprinting


Bike Registration, Block Watch, Operation Family I.D, N.O.P., Property Pick-Up, Graffiti


Betty’s Teddies and Bernadine’s Buddies is an ongoing project where we collect new and slightly used stuffed toys. These toys are then given out to children in need or crisis and to Holy Family’s children’s cancer ward and ER, in addition to other agencies. SPD patrol officers also carry some of these toys in the patrol cars for children exposed to trauma. We are always grateful for the generous donations of these stuffed toys.

C.O.P.S. Northeast would like to thank the ASB students at Gonzaga Prep that participated in the STUFFED TOY DRIVE for “BETTY’S TEDDIES” program at our shop.

Francis Chau spearheaded the drive along with her sister An Chau and their friend Nichole Lyonnais. Francis and Ann are both volunteers at Holy Family.

Most toys will go to Holy Family Hospital where Volunteer Coordinator and E.R. Patient Support Shirley Alexander will distribute them to E.R., Cancer Floor and Ambulances.

Some toys will go to Law Enforcement and other agencies where children may be in stress or to children events. We have cleaned about 350 stuffed toys and are still counting!

Thank you again to the students and the community for your continued support!

From The Volunteers of C.O.P.S. Northeast

The Super Kid Award is for an outstanding student from one of our middle or grade schools in our area. Teachers or one of the faculty members select a student each month for this award. Tomlinson Black and C.O.P.S. Northeast volunteers present this award and a monetary gift to the student for the month at the general meeting each 3rd Thursday of the month. Click here for instructions and nominee form.

We have done many different projects over the years. The Friday Night Open Gym, in conjunction with Shaw Middle School, ran from 1995 – 2001, providing a safe place for kids to meet and play basketball. Over 20,000 kids came through the doors during that time period. We made sure the kids had plenty of food to eat. We also held an Easter Egg Hunt from 1994 to 2003.

The Martindale Project was started by past NCO Bonnie Sherar to help rehabilitate an old apartment house that had many calls for service. The result was a nicer place to live, residents who took pride in their homes, and fewer calls for service for SPD.

We continue to supply Morayo Park with Christmas toys.

We participated in Ice Storm to help ensure the safety of people in the neighborhood by checking each house.
In 1995, all the substations banded together and did a ‘Paint Out Graffiti’ project.


  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Safety Fairs
  • Hillyard Holiday Festival
  • Santa’s Secret Shop and Country Store
  • Hillyard Festival
  • Super Kid (with Tomlinson Black, North)
  • Santa Pet Pictures


General Meeting: Third Wednesday of each month, 5:00 p.m., located at C.O.P.S. Northeast.


Current Officers of C.O.P.S. Northeast are:

President Lucky Relph
Co-Vice President Ruth Relph
Treasurer Sandy Morris
Secretary Lynn Weiler
Block Watch Co-Coordinator Donna Jilbert
Block Watch Co-Coordinator Dorothy Jilbert
Graffiti Coordinator Bernadine Howell
N.O.P. Coordinator Open
Super Kid Committee Chair Jo Rask
Statistician Dave Peterson and Donna Jilbert


Over the years we have partnered with many agencies and businesses.

Spokane Police Department, City of Spokane Code Enforcement, Dompier Oil, Tomlinson Black North, Roger’s High School, Shaw Middle School, Northeast Community Center, Dept. of Corrections, Hillyard Festival Committee, Hillyard Neighborhood Council, Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol, Community Colleges of Spokane, Young Marines, Spokane Regional Health District Nurses, and many businesses and groups in the Hillyard Area.
We sincerely appreciate all the support we have gotten through the years and hope to strengthen existing partnerships and form new ones in the coming years.


  • Roast Beef Dinners – 2000, 2002, 2003
  • Spaghetti Dinner – 2004
  • Santa’s Store
  • Santa Photos
  • Coupon Books
  • Pop Can tabs
  • Various Raffles

Contact Us

Phone: (509) 625-3343
Fax: (509) 482-3653
E-mail: copsne@spokanecops.org

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