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Washington County deputy wins award for detective work on children's cases

Washington County Sheriff’s Office Det. John Shipley was honored with the Randy Nunnenkamp Champions for Children award last week at the Child Abuse and Family Violence Summit, hosted by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

The Nunnenkamp award is presented to an individual who, as part of their profession, is charged with protecting children and takes the responsibility to heart by dedicating themselves to this purpose.

Shipley has been a detective in the child abuse unit for the last 13 of his 23 years with WSCO. Shipley is recognized by his peers, supervisors, partner agencies and the Washington County District Attorney’s Office as a dedicated expert in the field of child abuse investigation.

“I congratulate Detective John Shipley for this very deserving honor,” said WSCO Sheriff Pat Garrett. “The stress of working child abuse cases can be very significant. John has investigated over 700 cases. He is a very skilled detective and his work helps at-risk children across Washington County. John stays grounded and is an effective mentor to others.”

Randy Nunnenkamp was a member of the WSCO for 17 years. He was a member of the Governor’s Sexual Assault Task Force, and in 2002 became a member of the Child Abuse Investigation Unit until his unexpected death in 2006. Nunnenkamp is remembered as a tireless advocate for children.