Public Health & Safety
Our law enforcement and emergency responders must be appropriately funded, resourced, and trained to address crime and public safety. I believe Lynnwood can serve as a leading example for community-oriented, proactive policing, working closely with community groups to keep Lynnwood safe.
We also need a holistic approach to public safety, with funding for behavioral health and drug counseling experts. Drug overdose deaths in Snohomish County increased from 251 in 2019, to 354 in 2021. Our county Homelessness Point-in-Time Counts increased 43% from 2015-2022. Puget Sound communities must partner to deal with these crises, while continuing to advocate for a state- and federal-level plan of action. We need short-term housing options and treatment centers to deal with the pervasive issues of drug abuse and homelessness that are overwhelming Lynnwood and communities across the country.