Gang Activity Update In Everett

December 17, 2015

Everett, Police Blotter

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There were 9 gang related shootings in Everett during the first quarter of this year.

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About a dozen holes in this fence after a suspected gang drive-by shooting in south Everett this summer.

On April 5th, took a look at the gang problem in Everett. It was the first in a series of articles looking at gang activity.

Last night during the Everett City Council Public Safety Committee meeting, Everett Police Chief Dan Templeman gave an overview and update on gangs in Everett.

Templeman told the committee that there’s been a resurgence in gang presence in Skagit, Snohomish and King counties. He says gangs in Everett are involved in burglary, prostitution, drugs and weapons related crimes.

Snohomish County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the possibility of gang involvement in a shooting that left a 17-year-old dead on Saturday. So far a 19-year-old and two 16-year-olds have been arrested in that case.

Templeman says 9 shootings in and around Everett in the first quarter of this year are gang related. Over the past six months there’s been a decline in gang incidents in the Everett city limits but there has been a lot of activity in unincorporated south Everett.

The Everett Police Department’s Anti- Crime Team used to monitor gang activity but they’ve recently been re-assigned to deal with street level crime issues. To fill the gap, Everett Police have created special two-officer patrol units to specifically monitor gang activity. These units work both day and night and are not responsible for answering 9-1-1 calls but devoted to gang issues.

School resource officers are also being used to help track gang issues in the middle and high schools in Everett. Templeman told the council that gang activity is not just a police issue but a social and community issue.

Everett Police are reaching out to families and Templeman says they need to get parents involved in monitoring their own children and noticing changes in clothing, behavior and people associating with their kids.

The Everett Police Department has a Gang Awareness Guide that offers parents tips on what to look for.

Everett is also working with the Snohomish Regional Drug and Gang Task Force to combat street gangs dealing drugs.


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