Policies, Training, and Community Response
Chief’s message about policies and training
The Marysville Police Department has received a variety of questions related to policies, training, data collection, and numerous other topics as they relate to the video displaying the needless death of George Floyd in the state of Minnesota. Like other Law Enforcement leaders, I welcome the discussions with our community to speak out against injustice as previously noted in my original community statement.
The Marysville Police Department values of Accountability, Courage, Leadership, Integrity, and Professionalism are in place as a foundation to assure our public of our mission to provide “Service with Honor.”
The information provided below is a proactive step in assuring our public that we take immediate action to foster trust through transparency.
- Chief Jeff Goldman
We have compiled the following information and present it to our community members who have asked questions of us regarding our policies and training as it relates to use of force.
The foundation of our law enforcement action by our police officer personnel is rooted in the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics. This code is part of our department policy manual and is held in such high regard it is referenced in two areas of our policy. You can review this code within our Use of Force Policy that is provided below. Officers are required to read the Code of Ethics annually as a continual reminder of what we as a department stand for and hold ourselves to as a standard during the performance of our duties.
In addition to the Code of Ethics, Marysville Police Officers are guided by the tenets of our department core values; Accountability, Courage, Leadership, Integrity, Professionalism. These core values do not discriminate!
Our Use of Force Policy is predicated on Washington State laws written in the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) in addition to United States Supreme Court rulings that can and do steer policy decisions and revisions.
In January 2020 the City authorized and funded the position of Administrative Sergeant assigned to the Professional Standards Unit. The primary mission of this position, in collaboration with the Professional Standards Commander, the Chief of Police, and the City Attorney’s Office as needed, has been the complete review of all department policy, and the edit and revision of policy as deemed appropriate and necessary. In addition, this position has been tasked with preparing the department to begin the process for Washington State accreditation. Both the policy review and revision, and the accreditation process initiatives are meant to ensure the Marysville Police Department remains up-to-date in law enforcement best practices, is legally sound in its application, and is transparent to our community members in the manner in which we conduct our law enforcement business.
Chapter 1 of the policy manual outlines the role and authority of the Marysville Police Department. It is also the chapter in which our Use of Force policy is stated. When an officer must respond to resistance and aggression in order to perform a lawful action, it is necessary to have sound direction in which officers can reference. Training on the policies is crucial to ensuring a proper response from the officer is applied. It is important to understand it is impossible to write a use of force policy that would account for every conceivable scenario or identify every possible variable in what are most often very fluid, chaotic situations. It is with this in mind that force policy is not written solely based on the variables encountered during unique circumstances, although they must be considered, but more importantly based on the current actions of the person the officer is responding to.
Best practice policies that are based on solid principles, provide specific direction and allow officers to effect appropriate and timely escalation or de-escalation based on the actions of the individual they are engaged with.
Please review the information below and feel free to contact us should you have additional questions.
- Does your Use of Force Policy require de-escalation?
- Does your Use of Force Policy allow for chokeholds and strangleholds?
- Does your Use of Force Policy require a verbal warning before shooting?
- Does your Use of Force Policy require officers to exhaust all alternatives before shooting?
- Does your Use of Force Policy require comprehensive reporting when force is used?
- Does your Use of Force Policy include a use of force continuum?
- What are MPD’s reporting procedures when an officer uses force that results in death or harm; and when death occurs while in police custody? How comprehensive is the reporting for these events?
- Does MPD mandate that officers intervene to stop excessive force when used by other officers? If so, is there also a requirement to report the incident to a supervisor?
- Does MPD have a policy banning officers from shooting at moving vehicles?
- Marysville Police Response to the Community: Use of Force
- Letter to the Community from Interim Chief Jeff Goldman
- Letter to the Community from Mayor Jon Nehring
- Marysville Proclamation Condemning Racism in Marysville
- Use of Force Policy Chapter 1 and Appendix 1A
- RCW 9A.16.020 - Use of Force
- Code of Ethics (Policy 1.01.03)
- Community Engagement
- Commitment to Community Through Training