Support Services

The Support Services Section is commanded by the Deputy Chief, whose primary responsibility is to provide general management direction and control for the Support Services Section. The Support Services Section consists of the Investigations, School Resource, Police Support, Evidence, Marine, K9, and Traffic Units, as well as numerous functional areas.


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:

  • Animal Control 
  • Partnership with Code Enforcement 
  • Parking Enforcement 
  • Support to Patrol Officers

Animal Control

Animal control isn’t just about dog bites and stray cats. While it’s certainly something we take care of, animal control focuses on the proper care of animals in Lake Stevens and how it ensures public safety. Here’s an overview of animal control services in Lake Stevens:

Pet Licenses
Pet licensing is your first defense against lost pets. This is a tool, not a regulation so that animal control can return this little family member back to you. So, that there are more reunifications than not, all dogs and cats are required to have a pet license in Lake Stevens and need to wear them. They are inexpensive and easy to obtain from City Hall. Check out the Pet Licensing page or contact City Hall at (425) 622-9400.

Lost & Found/Strays
When lost pets are found, we reach out to you so that you can quickly reunite. In the meantime, a log is kept at the Lake Stevens Police Department where animals may be temporarily held. Depending on things like weather, staffing, and load, pets may be moved to the Everett Animal Shelter. Please keep in mind, the call log is not all-inclusive, so do contact all local shelters to see if your furry friend has made his way there.

  • Everett Animal Shelter - 425-257-6000
  • Lake Stevens Police Department at 425-622-9401

Return of Pets
An attempt is made to return all licensed pets to their owners as soon as possible and a lost and found pet log is kept at the police department. The log is not all-inclusive, and pet owners are encouraged to check with local shelters. It remains the responsibility of the pet owner to locate their missing pet. You can call the non-emergency line at (425) 407-3999 to speak with an officer.

Dangerous & Wild Animals
Bears, alligators, crocodiles, rear-fanged snakes – what do all these animals have in common? They’re wild animals, inherently dangerous, and prohibited in Lake Stevens. It is a misdemeanor to own any such animal so please, don’t.

Other such wild animals included in this list (but not limited to):

  • Members of the cat and dog family not customarily domesticated by man (including hybrids)
  • Venomous and devenomized reptiles
  • Snakes reaching over 10 feet 

Dog Bites
All dog bites must be reported. All reported dog bites are investigated, and the appropriate and applicable procedures are implemented such as quarantine requirements and dangerous dog / potentially dangerous dog requirements.

Animal Cruelty
Animal cruelty is a crime. Don’t do it, don’t let others. All reports will be fully investigated and as appropriate, prosecuted.

Owner Responsibility

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

Traffic Unit

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. 

Marine Patrol

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

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