Lake Stevens doubles police

With Lake Stevens’ population having nearly doubled last year, its police force is doubling as well.

The city hired nine police officers in 2006, and three more are scheduled to come onboard April 1, Police Chief Randy Celori said.

The number of calls for police service went from 250 per day to more than 500, Celori said.

Two neighborhoods joined Lake Stevens in 2006. Frontier Village includes the commercial shopping area west of the lake and brought 3,686 people. And the Northlake area just north of the lake brought 2,465 people.

The annexations bumped the city’s total population from 7,185 to 13,336, city administrator Jan Berg said.

The new hires will bring the number of commissioned police officers from 10 to 22. A traffic officer and a detective are scheduled to be hired in June, bringing the total to 24.

Also, two records clerks are being added, and a code enforcement-animal control officer is expected to be hired by the end of the year.

The department’s budget increased from $1.4 million at the beginning of 2006 to $2.8 million this year.

The city is hiring the new officers out of a reserve and borrowing from other funds, Berg said. That money can be replaced when tax revenue from Frontier Village becomes available in June.

There’s no indication crime has risen in any of the areas from before, Celori said. The call load is higher in the busy commercial area of Frontier Village than in the rest of the city, he said. Shoplifting, vehicle break-ins, vehicle thefts and commercial burglaries are more common there.

The Soper Hill area west of the city and its 600 residents are scheduled to become part of Lake Stevens in mid-May. No officers will be added specifically for that area, Celori said, but any annexations beyond that will likely require more police, he said.

The city plans to eventually annex all the way around the lake and to the west. About 46,000 people currently live within the city limits and the potential annexation area combined, Berg said.

All the officers are still based at the city’s police station at 2211 Grade Road, but response times have remained quick, Celori said.

The Safeway store at Frontier Village has offered free space for officers to fill out paperwork without having to return to the station on the other side of the lake, he said. He expects the space to be ready within a week.

Mayor Vern Little credited Celori with a thorough job in making the case for more officers.

“He did a really good job of laying it out and why he needed what he needed,” Little said.

Reporter Bill Sheets: 425-339-3439 or

Talk to us

More in Local News

Chap Grubb, founder and CEO of second-hand outdoor gear store Rerouted, stands inside his new storefront on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, in Gold Bar, Washington. Rerouted began as an entirely online shop that connected buyers and sellers of used gear.  (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Used outdoor gear shop Rerouted finds a niche in Gold Bar

Seeking to keep good outdoor gear out of landfills, an online reselling business has put down roots in Gold Bar.

Naval Station Everett. (Chuck Taylor / Herald file)
Everett man sentenced to 6 years for cyberstalking ex-wife

Christopher Crawford, 42, was found guilty of sending intimate photos of his ex-wife to adult websites and to colleagues in the Navy.

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers speaks to the crowd during an opening ceremony at the new PAE2 Amazon Fulfillment Center on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023, in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Snohomish County executive pitches $1.66B budget

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers announced his proposed budget Tuesday afternoon. Public comment is slated to begin Oct. 10.

Schools still without water after service restored to Tulalip homes

The affected area included Quil Ceda Elementary, as well as Heritage and Legacy high schools.

A memorial for a 15-year-old shot and killed last week is set up at a bus stop along Harrison Road on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Teen boy identified in fatal shooting at Everett bus stop

Bryan Tamayo-Franco, 15, was shot at a Hardeson Road bus stop earlier this month. Police arrested two suspects.

Mt. Baker visible from the summit of Mt. Dickerman on a late summer day in 2017. (Caleb Hutton / The Herald)
Hornets pester hikers on popular Mountain Loop trails

“You cannot out run the stings,” one hiker wrote in a trip report. The Forest Service has posted alerts at two trailheads.

A view of a 6 parcel, 4.4 acre piece of land in Edmonds, south of Edmonds-Woodway High School on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023 in Edmonds, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Housing authority seeks more property in Edmonds

The Housing Authority of Snohomish County doesn’t have specific plans for land near 80th Avenue West, if its offer is accepted.

Nursing Administration Supervisor Susan Williams points at a list of current COVID patients at Providence Regional Medical Center on Friday, Sept. 22, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Dozens of Providence patients in medical limbo for months, even years

About 100 people are stuck in Everett hospital beds without an urgent medical reason. New laws aim for a solution.

Emergency responders surround an ultralight airplane that crashed Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, at the Arlington Municipal Airport in Arlington, Washington, resulting in the pilot's death. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Pilot dead in ultralight plane crash at Arlington Municipal Airport

There were no other injuries or fatalities reported, a city spokesperson said.

Most Read