The patrol unit is made up of four individual squads, each consisting of a sergeant, a corporal, and officers. The members of these squads are responsible for providing law enforcement services to the citizens of, and visitors to, the City of Edmonds. These services include, but are not limited to: response to in-progress crimes, criminal investigations, crime scene processing, collision investigation and traffic enforcement, and response to other emergency and non-emergency calls for service.
The K-9 unit is made up of two highly trained, specialized teams consisting of a handler and a dog. These teams assist patrol in locating and apprehending criminal suspects. Through their extremely keen sense of smell, the dogs are able to search buildings and open areas for suspects who have fled the scene of the crime, as well as locate items of evidence.
The traffic unit is made up of two motorcycle officers, two night time officers who patrol in a car, and a sergeant. This unit of highly trained officers’ primary objective is to ensure the safety of pedestrians and the motoring public. This is accomplished via traffic complaint enforcement, public education, and aggressive detection of drivers who may be impaired by drugs and/or alcohol. The unit also is responsible for basic collision investigation and conducts all investigations or serious injury/fatality collisions.
Street Crimes Unit
The street crimes unit is made up of two officers and a sergeant. This unit provides dedicated and focused attention/enforcement efforts towards a variety of issues as they may arise. These issues can include burglary, robbery, street level narcotics, prostitution, etc. This unit works very closely with both the patrol and detective units in an effort to proactive suppress crime and apprehend suspects.
Animal Control/Parking Enforcement Unit
The animal control/parking enforcement unit is made up of two limited commission, uniformed officers. They are responsible for responding to animal control issues such as dog bites and stray or injured animals. They are also responsible for patrolling the city and enforcing all parking violations, as well as addressing certain city ordinance violations, such as abandoned vehicles and illegal dumping.
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Police Dive Team
The police dive team is made up of five specially trained and open water dive certified officers. This team is responsible for water related rescue and recovery of individuals, as well as underwater crime scene processing, investigations, and evidence recovery.
Police SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) Team
The Edmonds Police Department has participated in a regional, multi-jurisdictional SWAT Team since 1985. The team (The North Sound Regional SWAT Team) was recently expanded and includes members from the cities of Bothell, Edmonds, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Lake Forest Park, Kirkland and Lynnwood. This specially trained team provides a tactical response to situations such as barricaded subjects, hostage situations, and high-risk search warrant service/entry.
Police ALERT (Allied Law Enforcement Response Team) Team
The Edmonds Police Department is a member of a multi-jurisdictional team that is made up of approximately 50 members. This specially trained team responds to large scale crowd control/riot situations and/or large scale events in order to deter civil unrest and protect life and property.