Rumor patrol: Sultan is NOT changing police forces

Sultan officials were admittedly a bit mysterious about what their big community safety meeting was going to be about last Wednesday night. The large, blinking invitation on a sign along U.S.2 didn’t reveal much, either.

It was about teaching people how to learn about crime and safety, and what they can do to help themselves and their neighbors. You can read my story from Friday’s paper here.

The meeting also was a recruiting event for the Block Watch and Neighborhood Watch groups, Police Chief Jeff Brand said.

That wasn’t quite the rumor in town.

Some people saw the sign and other information about the event and thought city officials planned to announce that they were considering going back to a municipal police department, Mayor Carolyn Eslick said. The city contracts with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office for police services.

When Eslick asked the crowd if that rumor was why some attended the meeting, a couple of people nodded.

Well, the rumor is totally false, the mayor said.

She noted that city officials are happy with the sheriff’s office contract, and that she feels it’s made a positive difference in the community.

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