Everett Police Define Criminal Vs. Non-Criminal

criminal vs. annoying

Annoying behavior isn’t necessarily criminal. Everett Police try to answer your questions.

With the Safe Streets Proposal underway in Everett, Washington a lot of people are asking questions about what is criminal behavior as opposed to behavior that is not criminal but people may find annoying.

Both business owners who want to know their rights as well as people who are living on the streets have been confused over what is and isn’t allowed with the recent passage by the Everett City Council of laws regarding things such as panhandling, trespassing and aggressive begging..

The Everett Police Department has now put up a list of Frequently Asked Questions (along with answers) regarding behavior on Everett Streets.

Those questions include…

1.What is begging?
2.What is aggressive begging?
3.What is trespassing?
4.What is loitering?
5.What is unlawful camping?
6.What conduct is allowed when begging?
7.What conduct is NOT allowed when begging?
8.What do I do if confronted by an aggressive beggar?
9.What are the penalties of aggressive begging?
10.What do I do if I’m uncomfortable, but am not threatened?
11.Where is public property?
12.Can people block the sidewalk?
13.Can people sit or lay on the sidewalk?
14.If I’m a business owner, what do I do if someone is behaving irrationally or intimidating my customers?
15.If I’m a business owner, what do I do if someone is sleeping in a doorway?
16.If I’m a business owner, what do I do if there are unauthorized people on my property?
17.What is the police department doing to address these issues?
18.How can I help?
19.Is there additional information on panhandling?
20.Is there additional information on trespassing?

When you click on the above questions you’ll be taken to the Question and Answer page on the Everett Police website. Click on the question again and your answer will appear.

There are also now brochures that cover Trespassing and Panhandling that you can download and have available for reference.

Everett Police have also expanded their website to include more information on the latest traffic emphasis areas, online crime reporting and more. Click this link to visit the Everett Police website.




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7 Responses to “Everett Police Define Criminal Vs. Non-Criminal”

  1. Robert Says:

    Ugh… they just need to make all begging and panhandling illegal. If you need money… go get a job. If you have a condition that keeps you from doing so then utilize one of the many social services available for those situations. Otherwise we should have the right to force beggars and panhandlers off of the streets. There’s enough garbage on the streets from all the litter as is… we don’t need this human trash as well.

    • hello Says:

      Well said and I agree completely. I am so disgusted with what Everett has become in just the past 5 years. Between the junkies and homeless in the north, and the gangs and more junkies in the south, it’s hard to want to stay in Everett. I love what Everett, up in Northwest in particular, once was. But the problems Everett is experiencing are quikly getting out of control.

  2. Eleanore Says:

    I think taking a dump outside of a business shoule be a crime

  3. Anon Says:

    Decriminalize drugs, legalize and regulate prostitution. Save billions and billions and billions of dollars.