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.
The Financial Crimes Unit focuses on repressible criminal activity, working closely with others in the policing community, the Prosecutor’s Office and citizens to conduct follow-up investigations in instances of criminal activity involving forged or counterfeit access devices, identity theft, other financial crimes and crimes involving forged documents, with the focus being on the identification and successful prosecution of offenders.
The Major Crimes Unit investigates all violent crimes against persons to include the investigation and management of missing person’s cases, runaway youth and inactive homicide files. This unit deals with crimes of violence to include: homicide, robbery, assaults, harassment and other cases.
Select detectives in this unit participate on the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team (SMART) which 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.
The Property Crimes Unit focuses on the crimes of theft, burglary, possession of stolen property, fraud, acts of vandalism and arson. Working closely with other personnel throughout the police department and the community, the unit strives to identify those responsible for these acts, pursue successful prosecution, recover property and enable restitution for victims.
The Special Assault Unit investigates cases involving physical and sexual abuse of children and adults along with managing the Registered Sexual Offender Program. The unit seeks the highest level of successful prosecution through a victim oriented investigative process.
The Traffic Safety Unit investigates all traffic collisions to their logical conclusion. These include: traffic fatalities, vehicular homicides, vehicular assaults, felony hit & runs and collisions that need reconstructing for civil proceedings purposes.
The Unit operations out of the South Precinct with 2 full-time motorcycle officers enforcing traffic laws and provide community education throughout the City of Everett. While enforcement is their primary task, the Motors Officers also actively engage in our numerous community events. These officers are the enforcement arm of the Collision Investigation Unit.
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.
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.
In the fall of 2015, Chief Templeman created the Community Outreach and Enforcement Team (COET) that balances social outreach and relationship building with criminal enforcement when necessary. With the help of social workers embedded with the team, officers are able to look for ways outside of the criminal justice system to offer help and improve the quality of life for individuals on the streets. Through daily contact, officers try to assist frequent users and the chronically homeless by helping them overcome barriers to treatment and stability.
The Downtown Bicycle Unit consists of highly mobile uniformed officers who address specific criminal issues - specifically in the densely populated downtown business core. Officers are very proactive with respect to law enforcement and are not driven by calls for service, as they are self-directing with input from community groups, crime analysis sources and the police administration. Bicycle Unit officers are the primary liaison with business owners and customers in the downtown core and strive to maintain open communication and exceptional customer services to people in this area.
The Gang Response Unit includes the Gang Education & Prevention Officer Fletcher and Andre Graham from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County. The Unit aims to reduce gang related criminal activity, improve the quality of life for citizens and maintain safe and healthy neighborhoods through improved education, response, and pro-active enforcement. The Gang Response Unit will work with the Criminal Intelligence Unit to identify gang related crimes and individuals then develop and deliver suppression, prevention, and intervention strategies that promote positive youth development and holds individuals involved in gang related criminal activity accountable.
The newly developed PIVOT & PAY prevention programs will play a large role in the City’s prevention efforts. The Gang Response Unit is part of Mayor Cassie Franklin’s directive focused on youth, gun violence and gang reduction.
The Tactical Unit, also known as SWAT, is composed of a force large enough to accomplish the mission, yet small enough to achieve effective infiltration. The Tactical Unit is provided with weapons designed to deliver disciplined, balanced firepower to neutralize opposing fire or for defense if under attack. Successful resolution of any situation is achieved through negotiation or with the minimum amount of force necessary to preserve life and property.