Des Moines Police Department

Geocaching at Steven J. Underwood Park, by Sharron Underwood, mother of Steven J. Underwood, Des Moines (WA) PD, EOW 03/07/2001

If you would like to take in a sunny day in Seattle, think about the Steven J. Underwood Memorial Park (Plaza). The baseball fields are always busy with kids and adults. Kind of an old fashioned outdoor outing for the family. While there, you might like to do some caching - geocaching, that is. Geocaching is a free real-world outdoor treasure hunt. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS, and can then share their experiences on line. Read more »

Surviving Grandmother death:


Juanita Underwood, grandmother of Des Moines Police Officer Steven Underwood, EOW 03/07/2001, died on October 17, 2011. She was 87 years old. Our condolences to Dick and Lynn Underwood, Ron and Chris

Des Moines Police Officer Steven J. Underwood is shot and killed on March 7, 2001

By David Wilma, July 18, 2002, Essay 3897

On March 7, 2001, at approximately 1:20 a.m, Des Moines Police Officer Steven J. Underwood is shot and killed on Pacific Highway S. Charles Sydney Champion Jr., age 19, is charged with the crime. In January 2005 he will be sentenced to nearly 34 years in prison. Read more »

Newsletter Correction: Fallen Officers

It is with great embarrassment that we report four officers were left out of the Winter Newsletter list of our fallen heros. An investigation identified a human clerical error and our process has been updated to prevent a reoccurrence. The online Roll Call of Honor was not affected. We truly regret and apologize for any pain we caused.

Omitted Officers

Officer Steven J. Underwood End of watch: 3/7/2001 Des Moines Police Dept.

Deputy Norman F. Silkworth End of watch: 3/7/1952 King County S.O.

Sheriff Robert S. Walton End of watch: 3/8/1934 Minidoka (ID) County S.O.

Deputy Albert V. Elmer End of watch: 3/9/1912 Grays Harbor County S.D.

2nd Annual Run to the Beach Benefit

2nd Annual "Run to the Beach" Benefit
In honor of Officer Steve Underwood
Saturday August 21st, 2004

Proceeds of this benefit go to the family of officer Steve Underwod who was killed in the line of Duty EOW 3/7/01 and the Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation.

  • All you can eat & drink
  • Live band and DJ
  • Prizes - Need not be present to win

Run leaves at 10:00 a.m. from:
Thomas Jefferson H.S.
4248 S 288th St.
Auburn WA 98001
The Party will be held from 2:00 p.m. until whenever at the:
Shilo Inn
707 Ocean Shores Blvd.
NW Ocean Shores, WA 98569

Hosted by Renegade Pigs
Seattle/Tacoma Chapter Police/Fire Motorcycle Club.

For discount room rates call (360) 289-0783.
For additional information please contact Gorge Green at (253) 261-6548.

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Investigative Report on the Champion Trial

Susannah Frame with KING TV is working on an investigative report on the Champion Trial. Charles Champion is charged in the deadly shooting of Des Moines officer Steven Underwood. The report will run on February 11, 2004 at 10:00 pm on KONG 6/16 and again on KING 5 at 11:00 pm. Read more »

05/07/03 Washington State Peace Officers’ Ceremony

Wednesday, 05/07/03, was the 9th Annual Washington State Peace Officers’ Ceremony in Seattle. In addition to the ceremony, there was a dedication and viewing of the new Seattle Police Memorial Wall inside headquarters at 610 – 5th Avenue. In attendance were members of the Brown, Cochran, LaVey, and Underwood families. The pleasant weather also brought out many constituents of the downtown community, who paused respectfully and picked up red, white, and blue ribbons to wear.

The Brown family honored Deputy Mark William Brown, King County Sheriff's Department, EOW 02/27/99. The Cochran family was there in tribute to Deputy Sheriff Richard S Cochran II, King County Sheriff's Department, EOW 05/22/91. The parents of Sergeant Stacy Edward Levay, USAF Security Police, US (Guam), EOW 01/01/92, honored his memory by their presence, and the Underwood family paid credit to Master Police Officer Steven J. Underwood, Des Moines Police Department, EOW 03/07/01.

The subdued memorial wall inside headquarters is inscribed with names of lost Seattle Police Officers. It’s on the northeast corner as you enter the building from 5th Avenue.

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