Dan Templeman takes over as police chief
EVERETT — Dan Templeman, 44, knew he wanted to be a police officer in high school. Now, this week, he is becoming Everett’s latest police chief.
Templeman, who was born and raised in Lake Stevens, has spent his entire 22-year career at the Everett Police Department and considers rising to the ultimate rank of chief a tremendous honor as outgoing chief Kathy Atwood retires at age 53.
“At the same time, I understand that there will be challenges along the way,” he said. “I am up for those challenges. I am excited for the opportunity to lead this department.”
Templeman worked in patrol. He’s been a traffic detective. He rose in the chain of command to administrative sergeant, a lieutenant of special investigations, a captain of investigations and, since 2011, as one of Everett’s two deputy chiefs.
Although he says that each position has been rewarding in its own way, he found working closely with the community to fight chronic nuisance problems as an administrative sergeant to be one of his favorites.
“We have some of the finest professionals here who come into work every day and want to impact the community in a positive way,” he said. “I’m a strong supporter of continuing that, continuing to give back to our community.”
Templeman plans to continue emphasizing the department’s core values, a set of high-level ideas that Templeman helped create in 2012.
As a feather in his cap, Templeman played a big role in bringing the Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) model to the department.
The DDACTS model uses crime and traffic data to analyze where crime occurs and where traffic collisions occur. A higher ratio of officers are sent to patrol these areas, known colloquially among officers as “the box.”
Enforcement in these areas tend to be high visibility, with a high number of traffic contacts and lots of flashing red and blue lights to help deter crime in these areas.
The model has been in place in Everett for a little over one year now. Since the program is so new, it is difficult to say with certainty how much, or if, it is helping Everett.
“We believe it is,” Templeman said.
Templeman introduced DDACTS as a tool for crime fighting.
His toolbox is plentiful.
For Templeman, police work is about working with communities to improve the quality of life for Everett residents.
“We’re not going to be able to solve all of society’s problems, but we can have an impact if we work with the community and work smart,” he said.
Templeman will be taking over for Atwood, who retired after three years as police chief. Her last day as chief is Thursday, June 19.
Atwood was Everett’s first female police chief.