Meet Jen Eshom, West Hill’s Newest Crime Prevention Officer!

  Crime & Safety

by Devin Chicras

While King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) Community Crime Prevention Officer Deputy James (“Jimmy”) Mitchell is on military leave for the year, we’re lucky to have a new Deputy step in and maintain the Alajawan Brown Memorial West Hill Storefront in his absence.

KCSO Deputy Jenifer (“Jen”) Eshom is a new face to the Sheriff’s Office (having transferred only six months ago from the Seattle Police Department), she’s not new to Skyway. Deputy Eshom was born and raised in Skyway, and says she jumped at the chance to come back and serve her old neighborhood.

KCSO Deputy Jen Eshom introduces herself from the KCSO Alajawan Brown Memorial West Hill Storefront on April 30, 2019

Hello, West Hill! My name is Deputy Jen Eshom. I’ll be filling in for the next year as your Skyway storefront deputy. I’ve been in law enforcement for 13 years and I also grew up in Skyway, so I’m excited to be back serving the West Hill Community. I will be available from 2-10pm and on weekends.

As always, if you have an emergency, please call 911. For non-emergencies, dial (206) 296-3311. If you see me at the storefront or out in the neighborhood, please stop and introduce yourself. I look forward to serving you!

KCSO Deputy Jen Eshom
KCSO West Hill Storefront Deputy Jen Eshom
KCSO Deputy Jen Eshom outside the KCSO Alajawan Brown Memorial West Hill Storefront on April 30, 2019

Deputy Eshom was recently featured in an extensive multimedia story titled Uncuffed: Former inmate, cop form friendship after rocky start by KING 5’s Taylor Mirfendereski in February 2019. The video, photos, and words tell the story of Deputy Eshom’s involvement in a mentorship program for inmates, and the transformative experience she had.

It was Eshom who signed up to be a mentor to [Kandyce] Benefield. But in the end, the ex-convict also mentored her.

“It’s impossible to ignore the fact that Kandyce has changed my perspective on the experience of incarcerated people and the barriers and struggles that occur when someone is trying to reintegrate themselves into their families, and into society at large,” Eshom said.

From “Uncuffed: Former inmate, cop form friendship after rocky start”, on KING 5
Kandyce Benefield sees her mentor, Jenifer Eshom, in a police uniform for the first time on December 8, 2018 (Credit Taylor Mirfendereski, KING 5)
Kandyce Benefield sees her mentor, Jenifer Eshom, in a police uniform for the first time on December 8, 2018 (Credit: Taylor Mirfendereski, KING 5)

You’ll likely see Deputy Eshom at one of our upcoming meetings, or at our next Community Coffee Hour on May 18th, 2019 from 10-11:30am at Skyway Library.

Please join us in welcoming her back to Skyway, and we’re sure she’d be down to chat about everything from her favorite karaoke songs to what makes a strong block watch and the nuances of constitutional law.