Behind the Scenes

What’s a Stop Stick? DOJ funding focused on safety tool for Marysville PoliceMarysville Police Stop Sticks demonstration

The Marysville Police Department is getting new funding from the U.S. Department of Justice for an important tool you may have never heard of. They’re called Stop Sticks, often used to stop a car during a car chase. The city will receive $15,768 to purchase and stock police cars with them. They are the world’s leading tire deflation device.

Stop Sticks are a tool that Officer Dylan Burnett of the Marysville Police Department knows well. He used a pair to put an end to a high-speed chase, spanning 80 miles across three Washington Counties during rush hour traffic on Interstate 5, with a wrong-way driver at the wheel.

It all started when the driver, allegedly under the influence of drugs,WSDOT camera shows Stop Sticks on the road before the driver in the Prius approaches. crashed his truck in Tacoma on May 18. After the crash, he pulled a woman out of her Toyota Prius and started driving that Prius south, moving into Thurston County. The suspect, now identified as 27-year-old Elius Mendoza Pinal from Centralia, turned back onto I-5 heading north, leading law enforcement on an 80-mile pursuit. That pursuit didn’t end until Officer Burnett used Stop Sticks, also known as spike strips, to blow out two of the Prius tires in Marysville.

“By deflating all four tires, you will often slow down the pursuit… It’s a lot safer of a scenario for everyone involved,” said Officer Burnett.

After the tires blew, the Prius collided with a truck on the Interstate at low speed. Pinal tried to break into the truck he had just crashed into, but the driver inside locked him out. Troopers moved in and arrested Pinal, and he is now in custody. Pinal is facing seven charges for the crime, three of which are felonies.

“I think every officer should have a pair [of Stop Sticks] in his car because you never know what scenario you’re going to be in,” said Officer Burnett.

“There’s an inherent danger with doing [a PIT maneuver] so using Stop Sticks can be a little safer given the right scenario.”

A PIT maneuver, or Pursuit Intervention Technique, is a low-speed maneuver designed to cause the suspect vehicle to spin out, stall, and come to a stop.

Marysville is one of a dozen cities in Western Washington receiving from the DOJ for specific community safety needs. The funding is focused on crime prevention, community outreach, and officer safety equipment with $1.4 million in Byrne Grants. Washington State will also receive Byrne grant funding, focused on supporting initiatives like anti-gang and drug task forces, crime prevention, and officer safety. Outside of the individual cities set to receive grand funds, Washington State will receive $3,644,335 in Byrne grant funding.

The Byrne Grants are named in honor of New York City Police Officer Edward R. Byrne, who was killed in the line of duty on February 26, 1988. Officer Byrne was just 22 years old.

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Property crime in MarysvilleCredit card fraud image

When you hear the term ‘property crime,’ you might think of a robbery or car theft, but in Marysville the majority of property crime cases involve some form of fraud.

Is your personal information safe? That question is becoming harder to answer, with scammer tactics constantly changing in a world that becomes more digitally focused by the day.

 Marysville Detective Derek Carlile explains: “Most of the scams really are convincing you that I’m somebody that I’m not and I really need your help.”

Carlile serves on the North Snohomish County Property Crimes Task Force. In the North County Property Crimes Unit, detectives work together, exchange information and compare notes to catch criminals targeting local areas. The criminals responsible for property crimes often commit those crimes in multiple jurisdictions. By combining their efforts, these detectives become more efficient and effective in catching them. 

The most common form of property crime in the area is identity theft. This happens when someone uses information about you without permission, according to Detective Sergeant Wallace Forslof. This could include using your name, address, bank account numbers, Social Security number, or medical insurance information.Hacking graphic

Not only is it extremely time-consuming to investigate these types of crimes, but it can also often be impossible to trace back to the original perpetrator.

“ID theft is a big portion of what we deal with, and in today’s world ID theft isn’t as simple as, ‘Hey was your check stolen?” said Detective Carlile.

“A lot of these are crimes of opportunity... [ID theft] is so easily committed nowadays with electronic devices, credit cards, [gym theft], and all the online deposits.”

Even with a staffing shortage, the North County Property Crimes Unit is closing these cases. Marysville’s property crime is 44.27% lower than levels in 2017, according to FBI Crime Data Explorer.

“That’s really the number one issue is not having enough cops to manage a massive amount of case load,” said Detective Sergeant Forslof.

“The results they have achieved for our community as a small yet mighty team are greatly appreciated. I look forward to the day when we can grow this team larger and regain a regional focus on property crimes, which we know ignore the boundaries of our cities,” Marysville Police Chief Erik Scairpon said.

The biggest message from investigators: you can take steps to protect yourself from becoming the next victim.

  • Don’t write your debit card pin anywhere a criminal can access it. Never write the pin number on your card.
  • Don’t carry your Social Security card in your wallet. Only give out your SSN number when necessary.
  • Don’t leave your wallet anywhere it could potentially be compromised. Instead of locking it in a gym locker or car, keep the essentials on your person. This also includes your workplace breakroom, unless it’s locked and secure.
  • Check your bank statements regularly for inconsistencies or unfamiliar charges.
  • Collect your mail every day. Place a hold on your mail when you’re away from home.
  • If you think your information has been compromised, freeze your credit. You can do so by contacting Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion. When your credit is frozen, no one can look at or request your credit report
  • Shred your documents before throwing them out. There are still cases of dumpster diving to get your personal information

For other ways to protect yourself from ID theft and fraud, visit

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National Faith & Blue Weekend with Marysville PoliceFaith and Blue graphic

National Faith & Blue Weekend is a powerful initiative that builds bridges to more engaged communities, with activities and events focused on mutual understanding.

Marysville Chief of Police Erik Scairpon spoke at Generations Church over the weekend, sharing the work of the Marysville Police Department through this pandemic, the dedicated leadership efforts underway, and the new tools being used to enhance the transparency of the department.

“Our complete policy manual is now online and available to the public on demand. This past week we launched our body-worn camera project to help increase transparency… We continue to take meaningful steps towards increasing transparency and implementing best practices in fostering community trust,” said Chief Scairpon.

Chief Scairpon also spoke about efforts to hire new and experienced employees, with a continued emphasis on the diversity of the team, and the new public safety building scheduled to open next year in Marysville.

“As you have welcomed me into your house today, we look forward to welcoming all of you into our new house once it's ready. Thank you for joining me in honoring the sacrifices that your law enforcement officers make daily to help keep our communities safe.”

For information about National Faith & Blue Weekend, and how to get involved click here:  

Behind the Scenes: Ride along with K-9 Copper and Officer OatesCopper search training

On a gray afternoon in Marysville, Officer Derek Oates and K-9 Copper load up in the car and head for the Arlington Municipal Airport. They’re not getting ready to fly, they’re getting ready to search.

It’s almost 4 p.m. The airport hangar is a big open field, empty aside from a few parked planes nearby. It is the perfect spot to search large areas of trees and brush. A K-9 from the Monroe Police Department, Tango, and his handler are there too, along with a K-9 from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department, Ronin, and his handler. The Marysville K-9 Unit works with other departments in the area to learn and support each other in K-9 training.

Airport hangarCopper is the first up to put his skills to the test, searching for another officer hiding somewhere in the area.  He quickly puts his nose to the ground and starts running, wagging his tail and sniffing his way through the vast field. The other officers follow behind him, running and jumping over bushes. In less than 10 minutes, Copper makes his way to the other side of the field and makes his way through the trees to find his target, jumping up and down with excitement. He’s rewarded with his favorite chew toy, in the shape of a stick, and plays tug-of-war with the officers as they make their way back to the pod of patrol cars on the other side.

Tango gets ready for his turn to search, but a voice over the radio puts everything on pause. The Monroe officer stops to listen, hearing that there is a search underway for a car theft suspect in the area of Kelsey Street and Elizabeth Street. “Tango, load up!” he says, and within seconds the two are on the road.

Soon after, another call comes in over the Snohomish County officer’s radio for a reported domestic violence situation. Ronin and his human partner load up and make their way out of the airport hangar.

Around 4:20 pm, Officer Oates and Copper make their way back to the Marysville Police Department to drop off another officer and start their evening patrol. Copper is laying down in his spot in the back as Officer Oates drives through the area, on alert for when their services might be needed.Copper and Officer Oates

There’s a reported disturbance in a Marysville neighborhood, and the pair are en route. Once they reach the address, Officer Oates gets out of the car to speak with the parties involved. Copper waits in the backseat, his gaze laser-focused out the car window, anxious to get out and work. Several minutes go by, and Copper slowly starts to relax. Officer Oates gets a handle on the situation, and it’s resolved after speaking with both parties. It’s been established that everything is okay, and Officer Oates brings the group he’s speaking with back to his patrol car to meet Copper.

The door swings open and Copper is up and ready to say hi, wagging his tail and absorbing all of the attention and pets from the group. After answering a few questions about Copper, Officer Oates grabs some special stickers of Copper from the trunk and gives them out. A few minutes later, they’re back on the road and ready for the next call.

Only a few minutes go by before another comes through, a domestic violence situation at a mobile home park. When Officer Oates and Copper arrive, an ambulance is already on the scene as well as another Marysville officer. Officer Oates gets out of the car to assess the situation. Copper anxiously waits in the backseat, pacing and excited about possibly getting out for an assignment. After several minutes, Officer Oates returns to the car and explains that this was a mental health situation and the person has been involuntarily hospitalized for treatment. The two are soon back on the road, waiting for the next call.

The sun has gone down, and the rain starts to pour. Copper stays warm and dry in the back of the patrol car, peeking into the front every few minutes to check on his handler. Just after 7 pm, a call comes through about a reported theft at a nearby business. The pair is close to the location and starts heading that direction. They arrive to find another officer on the scene speaking to someone involved. The two men involved reportedly went into the business to get out of the rain, and one of them started stealing merchandise. The situation was quickly resolved.

Just after 8 pm, Officer Oates and Copper get ready to wrap up the workday, driving back to the Marysville Police Department. Copper was disappointed it was a relatively quiet day on the job, and that he wasn’t able to do much work today after training, but it’s a positive thing when your services aren’t needed because the city is safe.

Crayons, a coloring book and a Bible: Marysville Custody Team commendedMarysville Jail Staff Commended 1

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.” 

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Guardians of the community, Marysville Police serve as ‘Guardians of the Flame’ during Law Enforcement Torch Run

LETR 2Running 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

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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.MFD rescues swimmer from Ebey Slough

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.

MFD rescues swimmer from Ebey SloughOn 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.