Marysville approves funding for Community Service Officers

Marysville hopes the program will improve service and response times.

MARYSVILLE, Wash. – The Marysville Police Department is looking to hire more officers to help with less serious duty calls.

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

The city said Civil Service officials can respond to old theft calls, no-injury and no-lockdown traffic accidents, abandoned vehicles, parking issues and other offenses related to misdemeanors for which no suspicious information is available. The resources will help relieve the police officer’s burden than responding to more serious emergency calls. The city believes the additional positions will help improve service and response times.

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“Given the challenging hiring environment for local law enforcement officers that has evolved across the region over the past two years, this strategy provides noncommissioned officers with an alternate path to more quickly break into the Marysville workforce,” said a message from the Marysville City release said.

Recruitment was difficult for police departments across the region. Last week, due to staff shortages and safety concerns, Snohomish County put a dozen special officers back on patrol. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said it has lost 30 deputies in the past six months.

Marysville will evaluate the Community Service Officer program as it determines its budgeting for the future.

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