Snohomish PD say crime trends stable

SNOHOMISH ­— Crime trends were little changed for Snohomish in 2023, Police Chief Nathan Alanis told the City Council in a walk-through of the department’s latest annual report.

Burglaries and vehicle prowls were down. Vehicle thefts were near-even to 2022.

Last year, there were two armed robberies, four unarmed robberies, 41 burglaries, 52 vehicle thefts and 133 thefts of any type overall within city limits, according to the report.

The department is also re-emphasizing traffic safety.

Vehicle collisions are up. There were five with disabling injuries last year, up from three in 2022.

Snohomish didn’t have any fatal vehicle collisions in-town in 2022 or 2023. The one fatal crash from 2023 cataloged in the year-end report happened within city limits on state Route 9, Alanis said.

Parking and traffic infraction numbers increased as well.

Snohomish’s police force is 20 people, including the chief, the administrative sergeant, four supervising sergeants, eight deputies and two detectives.

The chief said he’s still lobbying hard to fill the vacancy of the Community Outreach Officer, whose job duties include helping unhoused people, working together with organizers on community events and promoting safety.

The Community Outreach Officer role has been vacant since longtime deputy Rich Niebusch retired in February last year.

In special tech and tools, the department has a drone, has a bike patrol unit and an all-terrain vehicle to respond to incidents on trails.

Police department annual reports are online at the city’s Police Department webpage,