SNOHOMISH COUNTY SHERIFF TY TRENARY SPEAKS TO ROTARY ON JULY 24, 2014
Served as police chief of Stanwood, part of the Stanwood/Camano Club.
Been in law enforcement for over 25 years, started in Eatonville, quickly learned the importance of working with others, bee in Sno. Co. almost 23 years.
We are very fortunate to have a police department like Arlington’s. Fortunate to have Bruce Stedman.
When I was in Stanwood I was promoted to lieutenant in 2008, working night shift, and overheard someone saying we needed a new police chief in Stanwood. Best job I have ever had. Now Sherriff, best job I ever had.
Created a program for youth in 1990s. Worked with neighborhoods and businesses. Took cops and kids and put them at Warm Beach and did role reversal. Rotary paid for this. Rotary was the best thing in the world for me. Forced me outside of my comfort zone. As cops we don’t get to see the good stuff, most of the time we see the dysfunction.
Appointed Sno. Co. Sheriff last July. We are struggling with mental illness, homelessness, and heroin addiction. 40% of the people that come to the jail are diagnosed with a mental illness or heroin addiction. 100 people in and out each day. I have had to learn a lot about medical and drug needs. Heroin withdrawals start immediately.
We have struggled with jail deaths. Hard to manage jail population. Arresting homeless is not the answer. Jail should not be a mental health facility. Now we screen all inmates when they come in. If non-violent misdemeanor they are taken to the hospital first.
Nelson Beasley brought together a group of private and public health care workers, business owners, cops, police chiefs to talk. We learned heroin is a worldwide problem, cheaper than it has ever been, State of Washington is one of the top 5 states with heroin addiction.
Needle exchange in Everett, gave out over one million needles to mostly juvenile population, 14-16 year old females. Cause from boredom, not a lot of interaction at home, start with using parents prescription drugs. What do we do? Get rid of prescriptions – give to sheriff’s office/PD, they incinerate it.
The community solved the meth problem. We will not solve the heroin problem until everyone is involved.
We could not prepare for Oso slide. We quickly had to decide if we would accept community involvement. We used them to our advantage. No regrets about how we handled the situation. Never thought we would find even half the people. Credit goes to all involved. Huge respect for the help and response we got from FEMA.