Our embedded social workers accompany the Everett Police Community Outreach and Enforcement Team out in the community. Social workers help individuals on the street navigate the often-complicated treatment and housing systems and connect them with the resources they need. The social workers cultivate contacts and establish positive relationships among various law enforcement agencies, treatment providers, service organizations, faith-based groups and local governments.
Bringing embedded social workers onto the police team was one of the recommendations made by the Community Streets Initiative task force. The Everett Police Department added their first embedded social worker in Oct. 2015 through a partnership with Snohomish County Human Services.
Please note: The intent of the embedded social worker program is not to circumvent established social service programs, but to assist officers in providing assistance to frequent utilizers and the chronically homeless beyond the traditional role of law enforcement. If you, or someone you know, are in need of services, please contact 2-1-1 for assistance or visit their website. 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember phone number that quickly connects people with resources in their community.