Update on Edmonds
Newsletter for Winter 2014

Edmonds PD Receives High Marks from State Assessors

Edmonds Police Department receives high marks from state assessors.

EPDpatch smOn September 25, 2013 the Edmonds Police Department was visited by four representatives of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) who were asked to conduct an assessment to determine compliance with standards required of accredited law enforcement agencies in the state of Washington. The Edmonds Police Department received its accreditation award from WASPC in 2009 and must undergo a full assessment every four years to maintain accredited status.

The WASPC Law Enforcement Accreditation process is a lengthy and rigorous audit of a police department’s operations, policies, practices and facilities to assure that all facets are in compliance with the WASPC Accreditation Standards for Law Enforcement, the established best practice standards for law enforcement agencies in this state.

The Edmonds Police Department is proud to announce that after a day of examining policies, inspecting the department, equipment and operations and spending time interviewing rank-and-file members, the WASPC assessors found the Edmonds Police Department to be 100% in compliance with all of the state accreditation standards. The WASPC assessment team was very complimentary of the department’s operations, policies and personnel.

The WASPC accreditation team leader will present the team’s report to the WASPC Accreditation Commission at the WASPC Fall Conference beginning the week of November 18th, recommending that the Edmonds Police Department be re-accredited by WASPC through the year 2017.

Chief of Police Al Compaan commented “I’m very proud of our agency and the job we do. Each and every employee has an important role in maintaining a high degree of professionalism in our work and sustaining and building upon the trust granted by our community. The results of this assessment are only a confirmation that we are who we say we are and that we continue to maintain the level of professionalism expected of us.”

Waste Prevention and Recycling News

Convenient Public Recycling Has Come to Downtown Edmonds

recycle logoAs a result of receiving a grant from the Hazel Miller Foundation, some of the downtown sidewalks now have convenient recycling bins located next to new or existing garbage containers. These are to remind downtown shoppers and visitors that they can recycle their cans and bottle while “on the go”, instead of sending these recyclable materials to the landfill by choosing the garbage can.

Look for the distinctive blue bins mainly along Main St. and Fifth Avenue. The public has been constantly using the bins since late spring and have been very successful in contributing a great amount of recyclables to the new bins. Some of the bins are also conveniently located at both Anderson and Civic Playfields, as well as outside the City Hall and Public Safety Center.

The City Recycling Coordinator wishes to remind recycling bin users to always empty unwanted contents, and remove caps from bottles before placing in the bin. Also, any paper or plastic cups need to be empty, and have lids and straws removed. Place caps, lids, straws, and other non-recyclables – such as paper napkins, plastic bags or foam products into the adjacent garbage bin. These are the best basic recycling habits to follow, whether on the go or at home.

Recently some cups that are marked “compostable” have been placed into the recycle. These type products cannot be mixed with recycling. They are plant-based material and are not compatible with the common recyclable materials at the material processing facilities.

Remember, if in doubt – throw it out – into the garbage. Questions on these bins or about recycling anything can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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