Implementing strategies & achieving objectives
The Everett Police Department’s 2021 Strategic Initiatives clearly define the department’s goals and direct our organizational priorities in the upcoming year. These projects and initiatives are critical to our success as an organization and were developed in collaboration with the community and our employees. We believe it represents a valid reflection of our internal and external stakeholders' concerns and desires.
As a cohesive organization, we are fully committed to implementing the strategies and achieving the objectives identified in our strategic initiatives document and look forward to ongoing dialogue with our community to gauge our progress and achievements. The department is acutely aware that collaboration is a vital component of not only our success, but the overall quality of life and safety of our community and its residents.
Message from the Chief
All would agree that 2020 presented our community with many challenges and setbacks. In January, Everett saw the first documented case of COVID-19 in the United States. A month later, the first death in the state was reported in Kirkland. In the months that followed, the pandemic took its grip on nearly every community across the country. The Everett Police Department responded immediately by mobilizing an internal Incident Command System (ICS) structure. This allowed the department to quickly adjust to the rapidly changing conditions, facilitate the adoption of safety protocols and acquire the necessary personal protective equipment to keep staff safe. As the lock downs hit, Everett’s local economy was negatively impacted, adding to the City’s already challenging budget picture.
In May of 2020, communities around the world witnessed the in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The resulting outrage and demand for justice led to protests and civil unrest across the nation, including here in Everett. Today, our communities still face the impacts of a global pandemic, a historic economic downturn, calls for justice and now a strong push from our residents and lawmakers for historic police reform.
Looking ahead to 2021, we must continue to engage in the difficult work necessary to overcome our challenges as a community. I look forward to a better and brighter 2021, and I want to assure our community that the Everett Police Department remains committed to being an innovative, professional and progressive public safety department that strives to serve our residents as part of a system that is fair, just and equitable.
With that, I am happy to share with you the Everett Police Department’s 2021 Strategic Initiatives.
Chief Dan Templeman
Everett Chief of Police