SMART Investigations

Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team (SMART)

The Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team (SMART) is a team of investigators, evidence technicians, records specialists, and public information officers from various Snohomish County law enforcement agencies and Washington State Patrol who respond to and investigate police use of force incidents. The goals of the team are:

  • To promote public trust by conducting professional and consistent multi-jurisdictional investigations of major incidents, primarily law enforcement involved fatalities and serious injury incidents.
  • To maximize the availability and sharing of the latest technological equipment and techniques.
  • To consolidate and share the skills of the most experienced supervisors and investigators.
  • To conduct thorough investigations in as timely a fashion as is feasible under the circumstances.

Team Activation

The team is activated when a Chief of Police or the Sheriff requests a consultation from the SMART Commander, who then determines (based on previously established protocol) whether SMART will investigate the incident. When an investigation is complete, it is forwarded to the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney for review and to determine if criminal laws were broken. The team operates on established policy and procedures which can be reviewed here. (Note: These protocols are currently being rewritten due to the new change reflecting the Law Enforcement Training and Community Safety Act [WAC 139-12].)

Oversight

Oversight of the team is conducted by a Board of Directors which is comprised of:

SMART Investigators

SMART investigators are selected for their training and expertise in criminal investigations, basic homicide investigations, crime scene investigations, the Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation, officer-involved shooting investigations, and in-custody death investigations. The team meets regularly to train and debrief on active investigations. A roster of active team members is available to the public.


Media Relations, News Releases & Public Records Requests

SMART Public Information Officers (PIOs):

  • Kristin Banfield, Communications Manager, City of Arlington, or call 360-403-3444
  • Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, or call 425-583-7446
  • Julie Moore, Public Affairs Officer, City of Lynnwood, or call 425-551-8444
  • Officer Aaron Snell, Everett Police Department, or call 425-508-8854

SMART Public Records Requests:


Investigations:

2020*
0
20193
20187
20177
20164
20153
20144
20136
20127
20113
20102
20098
20087
20077
20063
20053
20044
20035
20021
20012
20001
19991
19982
19971
19963
19951

*Subject to change

SMART News Releases & Public Updates*

*All case updates and Weekly Updates are published in the folder for the year the incident occurred.

  1. 2020
  2. 2019
  3. 2018
  4. 2017
  5. 2016