5 Arrests as Everett Police Conduct Sweep of Suspected Gang Members

May 29, 2014

Everett, Police Blotter

Everett Police arrest

MyEverettNews.com File Photo. Everett police officers arrested five people today in various parts of the city.

Got the following press release this afternoon from Aaron Snell at Everett PD. While Everett Police don’t have a dedicated gang unit like many other police departments they do often combine detective and patrol units for special operations and that appears to have been the case this morning…

EVERETT – This morning, detectives arrested multiple suspects related to recent crimes in south Everett.

Since January 2014, detectives have tracked increased gang-related activity from graffiti to assaults, primarily in south Everett. On Thursday, detectives made probable-cause arrests of five individuals believed to be involved in recent crimes, including robberies and assaults.

Working with the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office, detectives have investigated and built cases to pursue criminal charges against those involved. Of those arrested, three are juveniles who have been booked into Denny Juvenile Justice Center and two adults who were booked into the Snohomish County Jail.

“We have dedicated resources and are working proactively to address criminal activity occurring in these neighborhoods to include increasing our visible patrols and community outreach” said Dan Templeman, deputy chief. “We’re also utilizing our code enforcement unit to document and track graffiti and then work with property owners to remove it as soon as possible.”

Since January, police officers have participated in community meetings to talk with residents about the increased activity and worked with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office to address graffiti activity beyond Everett city limits. The department is working to develop community programs that enlist the support of residents and lets them be more proactive in fighting crime. Additionally, detectives are working to steer many of the at-risk youth swayed by illegal activity towards outreach programs with resources and opportunities to change.

“We’ve had tremendous support from the community, particularly those along Casino Road, who have been working for years to create safer neighborhoods in south Everett,” said Templeman.

For more information on Everett Police’s crime prevention program, click here.

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