Behind the Scenes
Crayons, a coloring book and a Bible: Marysville Custody Team commended
Marysville jail staff faced major challenges while housing a troubled man for more than a week, and their efforts to show him respect and compassion did not go unnoticed.
Police Chief Erik Scairpon commended the Police Department’s Custody Team for their extraordinary work during the nine days this inmate was housed at the Marysville Jail, booked on several charges including assault, and experiencing a major mental health crisis.
In mid-August, the inmate was booked into the Marysville Jail before being transferred to the Snohomish County Jail. While in custody at the county, he threatened and attempted suicide, ripped a mattress apart, and smeared his own waste throughout his cell over the course of more than a week.
Custody staff exhausted all available options when trying to secure a more appropriate housing alternative for the inmate. When left with no other recourse, he was brought back to the Marysville Jail. Once there, staff continued their efforts to find a secure facility that offered better options than the Marysville Jail. It was only after those nine days a successful option was located and logistically worked out. While at the Marysville Jail, custody staff housed and managed the inmate without any use of force, despite the typical staffing or technical training for this level of mental health crisis.
“One officer brought him crayons and a coloring book. He was given a Bible. He was offered a shower and a plan was put in place to make that happen. He was respected and in return, he was manageable,” Chief Scairpon wrote in his letter of commendation.
“Our entire Jail staff was outstanding when dealing with him. That can be attributed to them treating him with respect, listening and talking to him.”
After nine days in the Marysville jail, the individual was evaluated and transported to Providence Hospital for mental health treatment.
“I cannot begin to explain the humanity, decency and professionalism displayed by our staff. Every officer on every shift contributed to the overall success of this challenge.”
Guardians of the community, Marysville Police serve as ‘Guardians of the Flame’ during Law Enforcement Torch Run
Running for awareness. That’s the focus driving Marysville police officers during the 2021 Law Enforcement Torch Run.
While racking up miles through the streets of downtown, their mission is to raise awareness and donations for the Special Olympics movement.
Normally MPD officers act as guardians for our community, but during this Torch Run they are guardians of the flame, carrying the “Flame of Hope” through the streets of the city. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a nationwide movement, with more than 97,000 law enforcement members carrying the flame annually, symbolizing courage and celebration of diversity.
This year the Torch Run was held on Aug. 25, with MPD officers carrying the flame for more than 8 miles from Smokey Point Boulevard to the Marysville Public Safety Building.
You can still donate to the Marysville Police Department, through the MPD for LETR team page.
Marysville Police help save 3 lives in 4 days
While your police officers do important work for our community every day, last month that work included three life-saving events in four days involving a near-drowning a stabbing, and a shooting.
On July 9, Marysville officers were credited with saving a gunshot victim’s life by quickly applying a tourniquet after the man was shot through his right arm. The man was shot after he apparently overstayed his welcome at a woman’s home and refused to leave, according to the written report. An emergency room doctor at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett later confirmed that without that tourniquet, the man who was shot likely would have lost his life.
On July 11, patrol officers were called to a Marysville home where they found a man in his 60s, stabbed multiple times, bleeding heavily and losing consciousness. Again, an officer applied a tourniquet to the stabbing victim’s arm, preventing more blood loss and ultimately saving that person’s life. The suspect ran from the scene, and Lynnwood Police K-9 and Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office K-9 teamed up to search and successfully took the suspect into custody.
On July 12, Marysville Police officers teamed up with the Marysville Fire District, Everett Fire Department, and Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office to save a swimmer who nearly drowned. Fire District rescue swimmers started their search in Ebey Slough, pulling a man to safety with the help of the other agencies at the scene. The near-drowning victim, brought to shore and treated by medics, was not seriously hurt.
In each of these emergencies, the outcome could have taken a tragic turn had it not been for the quick-thinking officers, deputies, firefighters and rescue swimmers who responded and took action.