Partner with your police for a safer community | Guest View

By Cheol Kang | Jun 20, 2017

This month, we welcomed new officers to our ranks, which is always a good time to reflect on our core values as a department: professionalism, integrity and community. The expectations we set for our new officers will shape their careers in law enforcement and they will shape the kind of police department we are.

Here in Mukilteo, we have worked hard to forge a strong and positive partnership between our community and our police. In the aftermath of the terrible events last summer, Mayor Gregerson asked our department to double down on more engagement. As we work to rebuild our sense of safety, we are committed to ensuring that community policing is at the heart of it.

As we near the midpoint of the year, we have seen many great examples of this partnership at work. Our Crime Prevention Officer, Myron Travis, has organized community forums on important topics, most recently the dangers of vaping. Our School Resource Officer, AJ Dodds, is building strong relationships with each of our schools, in just her first year on the job. We are planning for another great National Night Out Against Crime event on Aug. 1 to bring the community together and to talk about safety.

As chief, I have made it known to every one of our staff members that community policing is a team effort. And I am proud of the work that each of our officers does to connect with the community and build two-way relationships. It seems like every week I hear a new story about the great work one of our officers has done to mentor a youth in trouble, buying a meal for a hungry family, or risking their safety to help someone in a crisis situation.

We invite our community to partner with us to make our community safer, as well. Whether it’s forming a block watch, having the crime prevention officer perform a free security assessment for you, or participating in our Citizens Academy, there are large and small ways everyone can participate. And if you have ideas for other things we could or should be doing, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

On behalf of the women and men of the Mukilteo Police Department, it is our honor and privilege to serve.


Cheol Kang is police chief of the Mukilteo Police Department.

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