Edmonds police to patrol Woodway full time

Contract will cost Woodway nearly four times what it pays now
By Brian Soergel | May 17, 2018

The city of Edmonds and the Town of Woodway have agreed to a new contract for police services, one that both say will benefit their citizens.

Under the existing longtime interlocal agreement – which goes through the end of the year – Edmonds PD will continue to provide, on a per-call basis, for 16 hours per day to supplement Woodway’s own police officers serving eight hours per day.

Under that agreement, Woodway has paid Edmonds $4,166.66 a month, which equates to $50,000 on an annual basis.

The new contract, which Woodway requested and goes into effect Jan. 1, has an annual contract payment for the first year of the agreement at $193,067, subject to an annual increase for each following year.

It means Edmonds will provide police services to Woodway 24 hours per day. Those services will be provided in the same way those services are currently provided to Edmonds residents, with some exceptions, including SWAT, animal control, parking enforcement and civil, non-traffic code enforcement.

The agreement provides that Edmonds will use a portion of the contract payment to add an additional, full-time commissioned police officer assigned to patrol.

The contract was approved by the Edmonds City Council, as well as the Edmonds Police Officers Association, the police union.

“The major advantage is that Woodway will be moving to a full-service model, one that will provide a more seamless operational approach,” Edmonds Police Chief Al Compaan said.

“Really the same robust 24/7 patrol, traffic and follow-up investigation capabilities enjoyed by our Edmonds residents. In turn, Edmonds has committed to hire one additional patrol officer to enhance our overall level of staffing. The agreement is a win-win for both municipalities.”

Woodway Town Administrator Eric Faison: “We’re in favor of it. We’ve been contracting with Edmonds for quite a long time. It took a lot of negotiation, but we’re happy with the result.”

Faison said that Woodway has a force of 13 officers from surrounding cities, who work part-time for the town.

“We have a very low crime rate,” he said. According to the town’s website, Woodway police respond to about 360 calls a year, the majority for false alarms.

“We use Edmonds for backup police services, so they are not all of our calls, just calls when a Woodway officer is not on duty. Even then, many times an Edmonds officer will respond and a Woodway officer, if necessary, would be called in to take over “

The agreement states that Woodway will continue to contract with Snohomish County South District Court in Lynnwood, which will require a slightly different filing process and other minor differences than for Edmonds Municipal Court.

Edmonds, however, will attempt to negotiate a court services contract with Woodway to move those court services to Edmonds Municipal Court.

According to Edmonds City Attorney Jeff Taraday, District court judges are elected for four-year terms, and 2018 is an election year for district court judges.

When a city wants to terminate its contract with a district court, state statute requires a certain period of notice be given prior to the election of the district court judge.

That deadline would have been Feb. 1, 2017; Woodway would have been required to provide notice of intent to terminate a year before the election year.

Edmonds will reach out to Woodway to negotiate a court services contract in the beginning of 2020 so Woodway can give notice of intent to terminate in 2021, which would take effect on Jan. 1, 2023.

 

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