Our philosophy is that the communities we serve come first. The Office of Neighborhoods was created to engage our residents outreach and events in a collaborative effort to make our neighborhoods safer.
Homeless and Direct Outreach Under the leadership of Sgt. Ian Huri, the team works to identify, locate, and connect with homeless and vulnerable populations in our county. The goal is to foster long-term relationships and break the cycle of homelessness, mental health, and/or chemical dependency in our county. The team includes Law Enforcement Embedded Social Workers who provide an alternative to law enforcement response to communities who have frequent social service needs. Together, the Office of Neighborhoods deputies and LEESWs assist frequent jail utilizers, the homeless, and the mentally ill to find services that will provide the help they need and lessen the likelihood of re-offending, law enforcement contact, or incarceration.
The goal is to expand current crime prevention efforts (such as Neighborhood Watch and National Night Out). Community Outreach also includes:
Community Resource Guide - Working with Fire District 1, Snohomish County Human Services, and students from University of Washington Bothell, we created a guide to local social services for first responders. The guide lists existing resources available in the community, including government, non-profit and faith-based programs. By providing police and emergency medical services this information, we can help people find the social services they need, rather than having them rely on emergency services for continued care.