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By Sarah Kneller
Mukilteo City Council Vice-President 

Expand specialized services to help police meet needs of community | Council Corner


Last updated 6/24/2020 at 12:42pm

Over the last two weeks there have been conversations with misleading statements on the online forum Nextdoor that have led to residents reaching out to electeds to get our positions on Mukilteo's police support, the future of our department, and the national stand against racism.

The core values of the Mukilteo Police Department are Professionalism – Integrity – Community. Chief Kang issued a statement recently and wanted to reassure our community that we remain committed to our mission of "Providing professional police service for and with the community."

First, our department will continue to be funded. Our Chief is an exemplary leader who has advocated, instated, and utilized expanded services for the community. As a city we understand that an officer is not the 'best' equipped member of the team to respond to every call.

I support our Chief's advocacy to utilize School Resource Officers, Crime Prevention Officers, Animal Control, Park Rangers, and Domestic Violence Services. Investing in these services makes our community safer, healthier, and allows our patrol officers to focus on the calls they are best equipped for, while providing specialized care for community members who need it.

I support expanding our specialized services to meet the needs of our community – Providing professional police services for and with the community. The whole community. Our department and Mayor are looking long and hard at our policies, together.

Examining where we have unaddressed biases, policies, or systematic flaws. We must do better. Black Lives Matter. We must examine our personal prejudices and tackle the hard work of looking long and hard at our own flawed bias knowing it is the crucial to progress.

Politicians, activists, and citizens can and should debate what to do about this reality, because it is a reality that is evident in volumes of data, reporting, and research, as well as lived experience of millions of Black Americans each and every day.

Our city is and will continue working with the police department so we can continue to serve the whole community.


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