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Snoqualmie assumes police duties for North Bend on March 8

North Bend will have a new police department when midnight strikes on the night of Friday, March 7.

Under contract with the city of North Bend, the city of Snoqualmie Police Department has hired additional police officers to provide law enforcement services for the City of North Bend as of March 8.

The new police officers will report to Snoqualmie Police Department Chief Steve McCulley and Police Captain Nick Almquist. They will serve and protect North Bend residents, businesses, and visitors, while current Snoqualmie police officers will continue to serve Snoqualmie. However, all officers will work as a team to back each other up as needed for incidents or to develop joint programs benefitting both cities.

“We are looking forward to expanding our service area to cover both cities in the Upper Snoqualmie Valley,” said Chief McCulley. “Snoqualmie Police Department officers are committed to ensuring safety and peace of mind in both cities. Our goal is to provide the most responsive, cost efficient, and effective police services possible.”

The two cities agreed to a contract in 2013 for police services, costing North Bend about $1.3 million annually. The salaries, benefits, vehicles, uniforms, equipment, and all other expenses incurred for these services will be paid for by North Bend. No North Bend services will be funded from the city of Snoqualmie budget.

“This is a natural fit,” Police Captain Nick Almquist said. “Police services won’t have to stop at the cities’ boundaries, but will be seamless as the officers assigned to North Bend and those assigned to Snoqualmie will work together as needed for policing, operations, and investigations.” Call the Snoqualmie Police Department at (425) 888-3333.

The Snoqualmie Police Department welcomes input from residents and business owners and should feel free to call Chief McCulley or Captain Almquist at 425-888-3333 during regular business hours. In case of emergency in North Bend or Snoqualmie, please call 911.

 

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