Police & Public Safety

If you need to report a crime, call 911 for emergencies, or review our Reporting Crime page for non-emergency reporting options.

Public Safety Partners

The Snohomish County Jail is used for booking and detention of arrested subjects.  For further information, see the Snohomish County Corrections web page. The jail also provides a public register of current inmates and detainees.

Snohomish County Fire District 4 provides emergency medical, rescue, and firefighting services to the City of Snohomish and rural areas nearby. Two stations, including the headquarters, are located in city limits. Visit the Fire District 4 website.

The city contracts with the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office for police services. The officers patrolling the city are sworn sheriff's deputies assigned to serve the City of Snohomish.

About the Police Department

The Snohomish Police Department has a staff of 20 commissioned and civilian staff. The department serves a resident population of more than 9,200 and a daytime population of approximately 15,000.

The reception, records and community service staff are all City of Snohomish employees. Snohomish Police Chief John Flood is a Sheriff’s Office lieutenant with more than 20 years in law enforcement.

The City of Snohomish has contracted with the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office for police services since 2012.  The city retained the police department uniform, patch, and vehicle graphics to maintain the identity of a city police department. 


The Police Department has a records manager and records clerk/receptionist to assist the patrol staff and the public with police records needs. 

Their duties include maintaining police report records, processing concealed weapon permit applications, and responding to public records requests.

Patrol Unit

The Snohomish Police patrol staff consists of four crews,  There are two crews on the day shift and two on the night shift, and split the week for their work days. 

Since Snohomish is centrally located between the North, East and South Sheriff’s Office precincts, it is not uncommon for citizens to see Snohomish police officers working alongside sheriff's deputies on police calls within the city.

The Snohomish Police patrol staff also includes a tracking K9, Deputy Wallin and his partner Ronin.

Community Service Officer

The city's civilian community service officer can help with:
  • Animal issues, including licensing, barking or stray dogs, aggressive animals, wildlife complaints, and any type of animal neglect or cruelty complaints.
  • Abandoned or junk vehicles and parking problems.
  • Vehicle lock out assistance at no cost to citizens. Hours of availability are Tuesday – Friday during business hours.
The community service officer also assists patrol officers with traffic control, evidences search or transport, and other law enforcement tasks as needed.


There are two detectives assigned to the Snohomish Police Department, supervised by the Administrative Sergeant.  All three are available to assist patrol in scene investigations and follow up on property and persons crimes in the city. 

Additionally, the police department has available the services of the Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit (violent crimes,) Special Investigations Unit (crimes against children,) and Collision Investigation Unit (serious accidents involving a crime.)