The Community Outreach and Enforcement Team, also known as COET, is a team of police officers and social workers who work together to provide a balanced approach to homelessness, substance use and mental health through outreach and enforcement. COET began in 2015 to address street level social issues, the opioid epidemic and chronic homelessness. COET responds to individuals struggling with living unsheltered, behavioral health issues and other complex needs. This unit assists individuals in navigating ways to improve their situation by connecting people to treatment, shelter and primary care, and work towards fostering independence for a higher quality of life.
The team is made of one sergeant and four police officers from the Everett Police Department, and one community support coordinator and two outreach workers from the City's Community Development team.