Operations

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Patrol Division

The Patrol Division is made up of the finest men and women committed to the departments values of integrity, professionalism and honor. Officers within Patrol work in partnership with the community to improve quality of life and reduce crime. They consistently deliver quality customer service for citizens, neighborhoods and businesses while being the most visible police presence in the community.

In an average year, these officers respond to over 141,000 calls for service by foot, vehicle, boat and bicycle to write about 25,000 reports while providing protection 24-hours a day 7 days a week. Patrol officers conduct investigations of crimes, allegations of criminal conduct and are highly trained and adept at responding to all types of calls for service. They respond to emergencies, alarms, reports of crimes, provide traffic enforcement, render basic medical aid, attend community meetings, offer crime prevention education, give tours of the police department, interact in the classroom with local students and schools, and assist with walk-in calls at our two precinct substations.

In addition to responding to dispatched calls for service, officers self-initiate their own police activities and contacts with citizens. Our officers are committed to a proactive philosophy which includes recognizing, facilitating and solving problems through direct intervention or by providing informational resources. They regularly use data provided by our analysts to target areas where intelligence sources show crime is occurring.

Officers are assigned to specific regions of the city with each acting as the primary emergency contact in their area. Assignments remain relatively constant so officers stay current on problem areas, school related activities, traffic complaints and street/geography modifications or changes.

The Patrol Division is also supported by the Online Reporting System which is available to victims and witnesses of specific crimes. Online reporting is available to the public 24-hours a day.  

Call 911 immediately if you have an emergency or witness a crime.

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Investigations Division



Investigations works to bring to justice all those who, by their deeds, would attempt to bring harm to our community. Investigators work closely with victims of crimes and local prosecutors.

Investigations is divided into separate units that follow-up on major incidents and prepare cases for presentation in court.
  1. Criminal Intelligence
  2. Financial Crimes
  3. Forensics Imaging
  4. Major Crimes
  5. Property Crimes
  6. Special Assault
  7. Traffic Safety

The Criminal Intelligence Unit collects, organizes, analyzes, maintains and disseminates information on activities and operations of individuals, associates or groups suspected of, or involved in, criminal activity. This Unit works with other units, divisions and law enforcement agencies to prevent and discourage the presence of organized criminal activities within the community.

Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team

The Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team (SMART) is a team of investigators, evidence technicians, records specialists, and public information officers from various Snohomish County law enforcement agencies and Washington State Patrol who respond to and investigate police use of force incidents.

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Specialty Units

This following specialty units are charged with targeting and suppressing selective street level crime problems within the city through the use of specialized enforcement methods.

  1. Anti-Crime Team
  2. Bomb Unit
  3. Community Outreach & Enforcement
  4. Customer Service
  5. Downtown Bicycle Unit
  6. Gang Response Unit
  7. Honor Guard
  8. K-9 Unit
  9. Marine Operations
  10. Special Operations
  11. Tactical Unit
  12. Traffic Safety
  13. Youth Services
This project oriented, proactive street team is charged with targeting and suppressing selective street level crime problems within the city through the use of specialized enforcement methods. The team utilizes non-traditional enforcement techniques such as plain clothes, undercover buy / bust operations, john stings, prostitution stings and stakeouts. Surveillance techniques used by the team include the use of electronic surveillance equipment, service of arrest and search warrants, abatement and code compliance mandates and other non-traditional enforcement tools.

The Anti-Crime Team communicates and works closely with the community, with the Patrol Division and with the various units in the Investigations Division as well as outside agencies.