The West Valley police department's newest recruit also is January's employee of the month.

Kim Van Roosendaal was given the outstanding officer award from the Peace Officers Standards and Training Academy for graduating first in her class.Van Rosendaal, who now is in field training with an experienced officer on patrol, also is the first female to graduate in the No. 1 spot from any class at the academy, said City Manager John Newman.

She received the employee of the month award at the City Council's meeting Thursday night.