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Community Transparency Dashboard
The Everett Police Department (EPD) is committed to working in partnership with our community to make the City of Everett a safe and welcoming place to live, work, and visit. We always strive to be open and transparent with the public. This newly created transparency dashboard will assist us in our efforts to share timely and relevant police data with our community.
Chief’s Message Regarding Transparency and Police Use Of Force
Everett Community Members,
Accountability and transparency are vital to building and maintaining community trust. As chief, I am committed to ongoing dialogue with our community on these principles, and that includes being transparent regarding how and when we use force during the course of our duties. It is important that the Everett Police Department fosters a culture of fair, impartial and justice-based policing and that our training and policies are consistent with these beliefs.
Everett Police officers engage in more than 100,000 contacts every year with members of the community. In 2021, for example, there were over 129,000 police incidents. (If you are interested in reviewing some of our response data, please see our Safe Community open data portal.) Each one of those interactions is an opportunity for us to develop relationships with our community. Nearly all of these contacts were positive and only a small fraction resulted in a police use of force.
There are times, however, when our officers are required to use force during the lawful performance of their duties. This includes when making arrests or protecting others from violence or threats of violence. We know the community entrusts us with this legal authority, and we don’t take it lightly. With that in mind, our department utilizes a multi-layered examination of use of force incidents. Under this process, every supervisor in the officer’s chain of command (up through the Deputy Chief) review each qualifying incident to ensure the officer’s actions meet legal, training, policy/procedure and best practice standards. This review process is another opportunity for our supervisors to ensure employees are attempting to de-escalate situations before they rise to the level where force needs to be used.
And while the number of reportable uses of force is low when compared to the total number of police calls for service, it is important that we share this data with our community. To that end, we have created the Everett Police Community Transparency Dashboard, which provides timely and relevant data on not only police use of force, but other topics, including calls for service, arrest, citation and offense data. We hope to continue to build upon this platform in the future and add more data points for community review.
If you have questions about our use of force policies, I encourage you to review them here: use of force policies, or you can see our entire policy manual at: police department policy manual.
Chief Dan Templeman
Everett Chief of Police
The data provided below have been obtained from a variety of internal systems / applications, and provides information on Use of Force incidents, Calls for Service, data on Arrests, data on Citations, and Offenses (Coming Soon).
Use of Force
As required by Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 10.118.030, law enforcement agencies in the State of Washington are required to report each incident where a law enforcement officer used force and: a fatality occurring in connection with an incident, great bodily harm (as defined by RCW 9A.04.110) in connection with an incident, substantial bodily harm (as defined by RCW 9A.04.110) in connection with an incident, or when a law enforcement officer: discharged a firearm, pointed a firearm at a person, used a LVNR (lateral vascular neck restraint) / chokehold, used a TASER or ECW (electronic control weapons), used OC spray, less lethal impact munitions, impact weapons / batons, kicks / strikes, intentional vehicle impact, K9 bites, or K9 used off lead (no bite).
This mandate took effect in July of 2021, at which time EPD went live with an online portal for officers to report the required data points. It should be noted that although EPD maintains more historical use of force records, the data available on this dashboard only represents data collected after July of 2021.
Although not required by the RCW, the Everett Police Department also collects data on takedowns (armbars, trips, tackles, etc.) and deployment of chemical munitions.
It should be noted that Everett Police Department policy prohibits the use of LVNR or pointing a firearm at a person (without the intention to use deadly force).
Calls for Service
Calls for Service (CFS) or "Incidents" generally reflect overall police activity that is generated from calls to 911 or our non-emergency number, as well as proactive officer activity. Not all incidents will require an officer nor will all incidents result in a criminal investigation. This would include reports made through our online reporting portal.
Our calls for service are separated into five priorities based on the urgency of the response required.
Emergency Police Response
Serious crimes against persons / *Weapons or physical violence involved
All other serious crimes against persons / Serious property crimes
Lesser crimes against persons/property, threats of violence (non-life threatening)
Cold calls or extended time element of 24 hours or more
Non-Emergency Follow Up or Mail-in
Cold calls or extended time element of 24 hours or more
Calls For Service data is uploaded for the previous month at the beginning of the current month.
Arrest data includes custodial arrests, bookings into the jail and referrals for prosecution. In some cases, the counts of arrest type might reflect multiple charges against a singular arrestee.
Unstated Race and Gender: some juvenile arrest data is cleared from the system per statutory requirements. EPD still records that a juvenile was arrested but all identifying information on those cases is removed per state law.
Arrest Types are broken into several categories. Bookings refer to taking a subject into custody and placing them in jail. Referred charges are instances where officers did not make a formal arrest but are sending the information to the Prosecutor's Office for charging. Citations, Book & Release and Released to Other Agency are treated in the same manner as referring charges.
In the table below you will find some data categorized by crime code. These crime codes are pre-designated by the FBI in their National Incident Reporting System (NIBRS). In 2015 the Everett Police Department transitioned to the NIBRS, which the FBI now strongly recommends for all law enforcement agencies. Community members viewing this data may notice a large number of “Non-Reportable” Offenses. Per NIBRS rules, some offenses are not to be reported through the system. The majority of these “Non-Reportable” Offenses are arrest warrants that have been issued by another agency (other than Everett PD).
More information on crime reporting in Washington State can be found at these links:
Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs
Tickets and Citations
The following data encompasses all citations (tickets) issued by officers. This includes criminal citations for both traffic and non-traffic offenses and infractions (fines) for traffic and non-traffic offenses. In some cases, criminal citations might also be represented in our arrest data.