The Top 5 Factors Impacting Crime in Everett

August 21, 2014

Everett, Police Blotter

Chief Templeman

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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