Community service

Marysville Approves Funding for Community Services Officers

Marysville hopes to see the program improve service and response times.

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — The Marysville Police Department is looking to add more officers to help with less serious calls for service.

Marysville City Council approved funding of $480,433 for staff, vehicles and equipment for three officers. The department hopes to fill the positions by the end of 2022.

The city said community services officers could respond to old theft calls, non-injurious and non-blocking traffic accidents, abandoned vehicles, parking issues and other misdemeanor offenses that don’t contain no suspicious information. The resources will help free up police officers to respond to more serious emergency calls. The city believes the added positions will help improve service and response times.

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“In recognition of the challenging hiring environment for local law enforcement officers that has evolved across the region over the past two years, this strategy provides another opportunity for NCOs to enter faster in Marysville’s workforce,” a City of Marysville news report said. statement said.

Hiring has been difficult for police services in the region. Last week, Snohomish County fired a dozen specialist patrol officers due to understaffing and security concerns. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said it lost 30 deputies in the past six months.

Marysville will evaluate the community service officer program as it determines its budget for the future.

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