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The Top 5 Factors Impacting Crime in Everett

August 21, 2014

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This was Templeman’s first major address to the city council since being appointed chief earlier this year.

Everett Police Chief Dan Templeman addressed the Everett City Council Wednesday night to give an update on crime in Everett and the statistics they are using in a data-driven approach to crime fighting in the city. Templeman told the council the top five factors impacting crime in Everett were:

1. Drug Activity – Heroin use is an increasing problem and the number one abused drug police face on a daily basis, Templeman says marijuana is also a concern with more arrests for people under the influence of pot.

2. Mental Health Challenges – The city needs more resources, police top users of triage center.

3. Motor Vehicle Thefts – Thieves that had been in jail are out and active again.

4. Transient Population – a small portion of this population is creating issues but more services are needed.

5. Increase in Gang Activity – mostly in the south Everett area.

Templeman says the Everett Police Department is using a data-driven approach to policing sending a larger police presence in targeted areas where data shows crime is higher. He says initial indicators look good but it is too soon to tell if this will be a more effective way of policing for the city of Everett in the long run.

Citizens who are interested in learning more can contact the police department’s crime prevention office at 425-257-7497. Templeman says his department is going to make a concerted effort to get more information out at the neighborhood level as is relates to criminal activity and the things that people can do to help prevent it.


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Everett Jail Now Taking Plastic For Bail

August 18, 2014

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Now its even easier to check out of the Snohomish County Jail in downtown Everett.

If you have the unfortunate situation of being arrested and booked into the Snohomish County Jail in downtown Everett and find yourself a little short on cash for your bail, no worries. Now you can charge your bail on your credit card. Here’s the new policy as set forth in an email from Sheri Ireton at the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office…

The Snohomish County Jail now accepts credit card payment for bail.  Beginning last week, cash bail payments can be made for an inmate using GovPayNet®. GovPayNet accepts major credit, debit and prepaid debit cards for cash bail 24/7 online (www.GovPayNow.com) or by phone (1-877-EZBAIL5). Cardholders will pay a service fee — seven percent of the bail total — at the time of the transaction. On-site payment methods remain unchanged as only cash, cashier’s checks or jail bonds are accepted at the jail facility.

Cardholders can make payments on their own behalf or on behalf of friends or family. They need to have the basic information about the arrestee and the bail amount, information which can be found on the Snohomish County Jail Registry.   Bilingual specialists are available around the clock for cardholder assistance.

More than 500 corrections systems nationally rely on GovPayNet to process bail and other criminal justice payments, which account for the majority of the nearly $200 million in payments the company handles annually for government agencies.


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Deadline Looms To Apply For Entry Level Police Officer Positions in Everett, WA

August 13, 2014

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The Everett Police Department has a history of promoting from within all the way to Chief.

If you know of someone who is looking to work as a police officer in Everett, the deadline for entry-level applicants is this Friday afternoon. Here are the details if you know someone interested in applying…

POLICE OFFICER (Entry-Level)
$5064/month First Year (Plus Benefits)
$5545/month Second Year and $6636/month Third Year

This is an entry-level Civil Service class involving supervised training and exercise of routine duties associated with the protection of life and property by enforcement of state and municipal codes, regulations, and ordinances.  The positions are located at the Everett City Hall and one or more positions will generally occur each year.  The Civil Service eligibility register for this position is subject to continuous modification as a result of the open/continuous nature of the process; however, scores earned as a result of this screening process are valid for twelve (12) months after certification by the Civil Service Commission.  Union membership is required within thirty (30) days of employment.  In addition, entry into this classification through an open/competitive basis is subject to an eighteen (18) month probationary period.  Employment in this class requires compliance with all department fitness standards and requirements as well as a satisfactory background check, FBI record check, polygraph (lie detector) exam, and psychological evaluation.  Hiring offers are contingent upon successful completion of a City-paid LEOFF medical evaluation and medical history review, which may include back x-rays and will include drug screening.

JOB DESCRIPTION
Work of this class involves assistance in foot, bicycle or automobile patrol of designated City areas to investigate, deter and discover possible violations of criminal and vehicle traffic laws, codes and/or ordinances; supervised responses to calls, complaints or reports of the actual, possible or potential occurrence of criminal activity; administration of immediate assistance to citizens in critical and/or emergency situations where the security of lives and/or property may be endangered.  The activities are generally performed under the immediate supervision of an assigned field-training officer (FTO).  In addition, all work must be performed in accordance with all currently applicable department rules, policies and procedures.  Employees may be directed to engage in specialized assignments according to abilities and knowledge developed during the initial training period.  Work of this class is subject to continual review by direct inspection, written report and/or oral discussion for accuracy and conformance to instructions as well as established policies and procedures.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS
The following knowledge, skills, and abilities are considered essential functions and are critical to successful performance in these positions:

Skill and Ability to:
• Maintain amicable relations with the public.
• Demonstrate appropriate police/community attitudes.
• Exercise judgment under stress.
• Work cooperatively with a variety of individuals.
• Understand and follow complex oral and written instructions.
• Solve problems using deductive reasoning.
• Work variable shifts, up to twelve (12) hours including night, weekend, and legal holiday hours.
• Support diversity and multicultural understanding in the workplace.
• Maintain physical fitness in accordance with current department standards.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

1) Excellent physical condition.
2) U.S. Citizenship.
3) Attainment of the age twenty-one (21) years on or before August 15, 2014.
4) Possession of, or the ability to obtain a valid Washington State driver license within 30 days of hire and the ability to maintain it for the duration of employment.
5) Not on the current eligible register for Police Officer Entry-Level, per Civil Service Rule 2.12.
6) Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent.

ALL APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO CLEARLY STATE ON THE EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION HOW THEY MEET THE ABOVE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS, OR THEY WILL NOT BE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TESTING PROCESS.

> Tentative test dates:  Written Exam – August 26; Physical Agility Test – September 13; Orals – September 15 & 16 <

SCREENING PROCESS
Applications will be accepted on a continuing basis from the date that this examination process opens.  All applications will be held and a review of applications will occur prior to administration of the examination series (examination series are conducted at approximately six-month intervals – note: this application window ends August 15, 2014).  A notice will be mailed to all qualified applicants regarding scheduling of a written examination, weighted 50% (pass score 70.00 and above).  The top-qualifying candidates (the amount will be determined by anticipated hiring needs) will then be called to a physical agility evaluation.  This multi-dimensional process will be designed to test for minimum levels of endurance, strength, and flexibility and will be rated pass/fail only.  Applicants who satisfactorily complete the first two parts of the process will be called to an oral panel evaluation, weighted 50% (pass score 70.00 and above).  Only those applicants who are called to and satisfactorily complete all three portions of the screening process (a passing score on all three parts is required) will be placed on the proposed eligibility roster.  All portions of the process are designed to sample and measure the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities.  Additional screening prior to appointment to the Police Officer (Entry-Level) position includes an employment and general background investigation as well as medical, drug testing, psychological and polygraph examinations.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES
All applicants will be required to complete and submit the standard City of Everett employment application. Application materials may be obtained from the City of Everett Human Resources Department located at 2930 Wetmore Ave., Suite 5A, Everett, WA 98201; Phone (425) 257-8768 or Toll Free (800) 458-7630; or by accessing www.ci.everett.wa.usApplications must be received by Friday, August 15, 2014, to be included in this examination series.  Subsequent examination series will be conducted at approximate six-month intervals.  FAXED or EMAILED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  Note:  All requirements must be met by the application closing date.
FILING CLOSES:  August 15, 2014
OPEN/CONTINUOUS B14001
APPLICANTS CLAIMING VETERANS’ PREFERENCE POINTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH RCW 41.04.010 AS AMENDED AND MEETING ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA MUST SUBMIT THEIR FORM DD214 ON OR BEFORE THE DATE FILING CLOSES.  ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA POSTED ON THE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT BULLETIN BOARD.


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Apparent Sad Ending in Case of Missing 89-Year-Old Everett Woman

August 12, 2014

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Ethel O'Neil

One of the posters that had been distributed throughout the area.

Today the Everett Police Department issued the following update on the search for Ethel O’Neil…

At approximately 3:15 p.m. this afternoon, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office’ helicopter rescue team located the vehicle belonging to 89 year-old Ethel O’Neil who has been missing since July 16. The vehicle, a 1987 Chevy Nova, was located in bushes off the 13400 block of 12th St NE in Lake Stevens. The flight crew investigated and found the occupant inside the vehicle to be deceased.

At this time, there is no identity of the occupant. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office will take custody of the body to make identification and notify family as well as establish cause and manner of death.

Everett Police detectives are assisting with the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit death investigation.


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Everett Residents Urged to Create Smart 911 Profiles

August 11, 2014

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People in Everett, WA can now create a Smart911 profile. Click the logo to begin.

Facebook, Google and your local grocery store likely have more personal information available about you than does 9-1-1. But in the event of an emergency your Smart911 profile may be most valuable. That’s the message rolled out last Tuesday in conjunction with National Night Out Against Crime. SNOPAC, who takes 9-1-1 calls and dispatches Everett Fire and Police calls announced an effort to get people living in Everett to fill out a Smart911 profile so if you have en emergency first responders will know if you have pets in case of a fire or prescriptions the event of a medical call. Here is more information provided to MyEverettNews.com by Kurt Mills at SNOPAC…

What is Smart911 and how does it work?

o Smart911 is a service provided by SNOPAC that allows residents to create a free Safety Profile and enter their address and vital information which may include medical information, gate codes or other details so that when they call 9-1-1, that information can be shared with call takers and emergency responders.

Is the Information Secure?

o Smart911 stores information on secure servers and encrypts information entered by the public. A safety profile can never be viewed by emergency responders or 911 except when a call is placed to 911, and then that information is only shared for a short time.

Does the safety profile only work in an area served by SNOPAC?

o No the profile is made available to any 911 center using Smart911, but only when a registered device calls 911. Already in use in 1,000 communities including areas of King County, the system is growing in popularity. If you on vacation or traveling in an area using Smart911, having a safety profile is a great idea.

What other communities have implemented this program and how has it worked for them?

o Smart911 is in use in more than 1,000 communities including areas of King County.

How long does it take someone to create a Safety Profile with Smart911?

o Depending on how much information you wish to provide, it can take as little as 10 minutes to create your Profile. Visit smart911.com to sign up.

Can more than one family member be registered from one phone?

o Yes. A Profile can contain many family members tied to a single phone number or multiple phone numbers and addresses. A profile can include pictures and information.

Will this system speed up response times?

o Smart911 provides 911 centers and emergency responders with additional information which can help to enhance the effectiveness of an emergency response.

How often does this system need to be updated?

o You can update your information as often as there are changes, but you must verify your information at least every six months. Smart911 prompts users to update their profile using email and text reminders. Emergency responders want to ensure that people’s Profiles are always up-to-date.

Does the public have to create a safety profile?

o No, participation is completely optional and voluntary.


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Man Arrested After Crashing Into Everett Police Car

August 10, 2014

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EPD Silver Lake Crash

The officer driving this cruiser had to use evasive action to avoid a head on crash.

EPD Silver Lake Crash

The Everett Police car suffered a fair amount of damage.

EPD Silver Lake Crash

An Everett traffic officer asks the suspect to step out of his car.

EPD Silver Lake Crash

Officers take the suspect into custody.

EPD Silver Lake Crash

The suspect’s car is impounded as the investigation continues.

Luckily there didn’t appear to be any injuries but a man was arrested Sunday afternoon after nearly hitting an Everett Police car head on at the north end of Silver Lake in south Everett. An Everett Police officer was transporting a burglary suspect to jail when when he announced on the radio that he’d been hit by another car. An Everett Police Sergeant investigating the scene tells MyEverettNews.com that the patrol car was going west on 19th Avenue SE when a car going eastbound drove across the center line forcing the Everett Police car to take evasive action to avoid a head-on collision. The eastbound car struck the Everett cruiser in the left rear. While neither the officer or the driver of the car that crashed into him were hurt, firefighters did check over the prisoner who was in the back of the police car. She was taken to an Everett hospital as a precaution. The driver of the eastbound car was taken into custody and investigators are trying to determine if intoxication played a role in the crash. The driver’s car was impounded. 19th Avenue SE remained open during the investigation.


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Man Killed in Everett Crosswalk

August 4, 2014

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Here’s what we know so far about a fatal car-pedestrian crash in downtown Everett this morning from Aaron Snell at Everett Police…

The Everett Police Department is investigating a fatal collision involving a pedestrian crossing the roadway in a crosswalk.

Just before 11:00 a.m. this morning, witnesses called 911 to report a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in the intersection of Everett Ave and Wetmore Ave. Police and Fire units responded and found a seriously injured pedestrian. Officers secured the scene while firefighters rendered aid and transported the pedestrian to Providence Medical Center Everett – Colby campus. A short while later, the pedestrian died from injuries incurred during the collision.

Witnesses indicate the pedestrian, a 67 year-old Kirkland man, was in the northbound crosswalk on Wetmore Ave when he was struck by a vehicle turning eastbound onto Everett Ave from southbound Wetmore Ave.

The driver of the 2003 Chevy Silverado, a 57 year-old Everett man, remained at the scene.

Traffic detectives are investigating the fatality.


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