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More cops join dual Snoqualmie-North Bend force

Four new officers have joined the Snoqualmie Police Department recently, with three more to come as the department staffs up to add North Bend to its service area.

Snoqualmie Police Chief Steve McCulley shared his department’s efforts to create a smooth transition when Snoqualmie police officially take on North Bend at midnight March 8, 2014.

Hiring the four new officers, all experienced in county or city policing, is a big part of the process, which in the coming months will also include police meeting individually with members of the North Bend City Council, a citizen survey, and a series of community outreach meetings with business owners, community leaders and various other groups.

The transition plan also includes monthly meetings with North Bend City Administrator Londi Lindell and Sgt. Mark Toner, the city’s chief of police services, and cross-training events between Snoqualmie and King County officers, who currently provide police coverage for the city.

Although the survey is likely to come later in the process, or even after Snoqualmie takes over, Snoqualmie’s Capt. Nick Almquist said, much of the transition work is happening now, “so come March 8, we’ve already done our homework, and most of the ice has already been broken.”

Interviews start later this month to fill the remaining three new positions in the department. The four new hires, who’ve already started, are: Dmitriy Vladis, from the Maui County Police Department; Anthony Graham, from the Sequim Police Department and a former National Parks officer; Daniel Goddard, a former sheriff’s deputy in Georgia; and Todd Wilson, a Mercer Island Police officer with detective and SWAT experience.

Officers still to be hired are expected to start in early December.

 

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