The investigations unit is tasked with investigating felony-level crimes and presenting them to the prosecutor’s office for charging. These major crimes include homicide, robbery, sexual assaults, crimes against children, aggravated assaults, arson, thefts, burglary, and fraud.
The investigations unit partners with other surrounding local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as state and federal organizations. We have members who are part of the Snohomish County Multi-Agency Response Team (SMART), Snohomish Interagency Child Abduction Response Team (ICART), International Crimes Against Children (ICAC), the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), and the US Secret Service Cyber Fraud Task Force (CFTF).
Police Support Officer
The Lake Stevens Police Department Police Support Officer (PSO) is a limited-commission police officer who provides a supporting role to the Patrol Division of the police department. The PSO provides a wide variety of support services to patrol officers, citizens, and visitors of Lake Stevens. These services include:
School Resource Officers (SRO)
The primary goal of our school resource officer program is to hold juveniles responsible for their actions and prevent the youth in our community from becoming involved in the criminal justice system. This program works in collaboration with school staff, parents, social service organizations, and of course the students to provide a safe school environment. These activities may include:
- Prevention of crime and delinquent behavior in the school environment
- Friendly contact between the police department and the youth in our community
- Assistance and accurate information during times of stress and crisis
- Educating the youth about the role of laws and court and police in society
- Investigation of criminal cases involving youth and the use of effective alternatives to the criminal justice system
The Traffic Unit is responsible for traffic enforcement, collision investigation and all other traffic-related incidents. The Traffic Unit also provides specialized services including technical accident investigation, selective enforcement, traffic control, DUI enforcement, and traffic safety education. Once the problems are identified, the Traffic Unit develops a plan to reduce or eliminate the problem.
A major tourist attraction in the city of Lake Stevens is, you guessed it, the lake. The Lake Stevens Police Department has a Marine Unit that does the following:
- Educates the public on safe boating practices
- Conducts safety inspections for all types of vessels
- Enforces laws on the waterways
- Responds to calls for service on the lake
- Investigates boating-related accidents
For more information, you can research the following websites:
- Lake Stevens City Code
- Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission
- Adventures in Boating Washington
- Washington State Boating Laws (RCW)
- Washington State Boating Laws (WAC)
Commander Jeff Beazizo grew up in Skagit County. He was hired by the Washington State Patrol in June 1990 as a Communications Officer then hired in March 1992 as a trooper cadet. He was commissioned in 1993 as a trooper and promoted through the ranks before retiring in 2015 after serving 25 years with the Washington State Patrol rising to the rank of Lieutenant in Snohomish County. He also served as the Assistant Commander for the WSP's Rapid Deployment Force.
After his retirement, he served with the Monroe Public Schools from 2015-2017 as Safety/Risk Management Officer at K-12 school district focusing on school safety, security, and emergency preparedness.
Commander Beazizo was hired by the department in May 2017 and is currently serving as the Support Services Division Commander overseeing the Traffic, Marine, Evidence, Police Support Services, and School Resource Officers. Commander Beazizo is the Public Information Officer and oversees the department’s Fleet, Training, Office Of Professional Standards, and Emergency Management programs.
Commander Beazizo received the Chief’s Leadership Award in 2017 and FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award in 2020.
Commander Beazizo lives in Lake Stevens and is married to his beautiful wife and has three children.