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Domestic violence occurs when someone uses a pattern of physically, sexually and/or emotionally abusive behaviors to maintain control over an intimate partner or family member. Abusers use fear, guilt, shame and intimidation techniques to keep victims under control. Abusers often escalate from verbal abuse and threats to physical violence. Physical injury is the most immediate […]


Vehicle prowls are the theft of property from a motor vehicle. Most are crimes of opportunity through unlocked doors and open windows where victims usually encounter expensive vehicle damage to their windows, doors and locks. While vehicle prowls are very common, they are preventable. Use these easy and inexpensive tips to reduce your risk of […]


If your home was burglarized, could you recall from memory a detailed list of all your stolen property, including serial numbers and other identifying marks? Probably not, which is why preparing a comprehensive home inventory is well worth the effort. Detectives need this information to investigate the crime, and insurance companies need it to expedite […]


MESSAGE TO THE COMMUNITY REGARDING HYPODERMIC SYRINGES If you should find a syringe, DON’T touch it. But DO report it! Keep children and pets from possible injury.  Call the Swinomish Police (466-7237) If no one is available to take your call, report it to 911. They will dispatch an officer to pick it up and […]


CALLING 911                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    9-1-1 is a nationally recognized, easy to remember, free method of contacting law enforcement, fire and emergency medical service agencies. Since 9-1-1 is for emergencies, it’s common to wonder if making the call is the right thing to do. Emergencies are any situation where law enforcement, firefighters or medical help is needed. If […]

Tribal Police Department statistics

TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND STATISTICS “Law enforcement” is the term that describes the individuals and agencies responsible for enforcing laws and maintaining public order and public safety. Law enforcement includes the prevention, detection, and investigation of crime and the apprehension and detention of individuals suspected of law violation. The BJS Law Enforcement Unit maintains more […]


Have you found little metal “mini bombs” lying around lately?  They are becoming common around here.  These are cartridges that hold either CO2 (used for air guns or soda) or nitrous oxide (used in whipped cream dispensers).  They are used to get a quick high.  It is illegal to use them for getting high instead […]

Calling 911

When an emergency is happening, and sometimes even when something has already happened, it is important to call 911. While not all calls need to go to the 911 Dispatch Center, all events that are “in progress” should be reported to 911 when time is a critical factor. Non-emergency situations can also be reported to […]

The Community is the Police

In pretty much every city and town around the country, police are looked at as a necessary evil.  Most people figure we just write tickets and spend the better part of our time keeping folks from having fun.  Not true! In the mid-1800’s, a set of principles for policing was laid out by a guy […]

Explorer of the Year

The Swinomish Police Explorer Post #4911 has had a busy first year. The post has been put to service throughout the community assisting the Swinomish Police Department and helping with community service projects. While all the explorers have done an outstanding job, the Swinomish Police Department would like to recognize Explorer Sgt. Wayne Fornsby as […]