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Snohomish County Sheriff Receives Human Rights Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  December 13, 2017

CONTACT: Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, 425-388-3377, Media line: 425-249-6263

EVERETT, Wash. – Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary was awarded a 2017 Human Rights Award for his unwavering dedication to protecting the rights and dignity of Snohomish County residents. On Sunday, December 10, International Human Rights Day, the Snohomish County Human Rights Commission presented Sheriff Trenary with the second annual Human Rights Award.

“Like other law enforcement leaders in the country, Ty believes we cannot arrest our way out of homelessness or addiction,” said Undersheriff Rob Beidler. “Ty also firmly believes that the jail cannot continue to be Snohomish County’s largest de facto mental health and detox facility.” 

In 2014, Sheriff Trenary implemented booking restrictions at the jail, as well as placing restrictions on the number of inmates placed in the jail’s specialty housing units, such as Medical Housing. He also helped coordinate the launch of CHART, a cross-system team comprised of members from EMS, fire, police, hospitals, and other service providers that addresses chronic jail utilizers, especially the mentally ill, addicted, and homeless. 

In 2015, Sheriff Trenary created the Office of Neighborhoods to address homelessness, untreated addiction and mental illness in Snohomish County.  The Office of Neighborhoods pairs law enforcement deputies with social workers to find unique ways to reach our county's most vulnerable residents and get them off the street.

In 2016, Sheriff Trenary implemented a new “brand” at the Sheriff’s Office: Community First, serving as a compass and daily reminder for everyone in the agency.

“Ty’s commitment to the residents of Snohomish County, especially vulnerable populations, continues today,” said Beidler. “He has worked with the County Executive and Health District to launch a coordinated response to the county’s opioid epidemic.  And, he is currently working with Health and Human Services to open a Diversion Center in 2018 to address the needs of the county’s homeless, addicted and mentally ill populations.”

Sheriff Trenary’s actions and leadership continue to reflect his commitment to ensuring that even the most marginalized residents of our county have the most basic human rights.