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New police chief takes command in Snohomish

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New Snohomish Police Chief Keith Rogers (center) meets with an area resident at a reception on Monday, Sept. 11 at Collector’s Choice Restaurant held by the city to let the public say goodbye to former chief Capt. John Flood (right) and meet the city’s new police chief.

SNOHOMISH — Last week people gave a bittersweet goodbye to
Capt. John Flood, and an enthusiastic hello to new Police Chief Lt. Keith Rogers.
Flood’s last day was Sept. 11, marking Rogers’ first day in the chief’s chair at the Snohomish police station on Maple Avenue.
He’s been greeting everyone he meets.
Throughout last week, Flood was guiding Rogers around the town he had been policing since January 2012.
Rogers will be sworn in as police chief at the Sept. 19 City Council meeting.
Flood, the former chief, became a captain within the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office hierarchy and was promoted from his post to now overseeing a staff of about 100 people as the lead for daily operations of the sheriff’s office’s North Precinct (Marysville) and South Precinct (Mill Creek) in the patrol division.
Rogers, who hails from Mountlake Terrace, has been with the sheriff’s office for 15 years in patrol and its Violent Offenders Task Force. He made lieutenant in January.
When Rogers began his career in Mountlake Terrace, then-Chief John Turner, who later became Snohomish’s police chief, hired him. All roads led to Snohomish, eventually, for Rogers.
Flood stepped in to Turner’s seat when the city transitioned to a contracted police department.
“I was selected to be the chief here in Snohomish about five-and-a-half years ago and the city’s decision to contract with the Sheriff’s Office was very emotional,” Flood said. “A lot of people in town had the misinformation that the police department was going away and the service (from SCSO) would be horrible. So, coming in the door, I knew I had a challenge ahead of me to prove that none of that was true. That the Sheriff’s Office is professional, well-trained and that we’re a group of individuals that can provide outstanding service, and that’s exactly what we’ve done.”
Some of the successes Flood said he and his team achieved during his term in Snohomish was bringing back the motorcycle show to First Street, catching the people responsible for the 2012 armed robbery of Vic’s
Market, working First Street
on the weekends as an emphasis foot patrol, and educating the community on theft, crime and heroin. 
Heroin remains one of the biggest topics in the county and the country, as the opioid epidemic continues to rise.
“Snohomish is not immune to crime and Snohomish has a heroin problem,” Flood said. “We’re aware of the problems and what comes with those problems — the petty crimes that follow it, done by individuals with substance abuse issues to support their addiction. It’s a nuisance to the people that live in the community, because now they have to be more attentive. They have to lock their cars, their sheds, garages, and they have to be more proactive to protect their property and belong-
ings. Oftentimes, people are more comfortable in Snohomish, maybe in years past they could leave their things unlocked or open, but now they need to be more proactive to make you and your family safe and to make your neighborhood safe.”
Flood said the police department is patrolling and policing for now over 10,000 Snohomish residents — the math in that means, to him, “the public has to help, to be the eyes and ears for law enforcement,” he said. “When we can build those bridges between the public and police, we can make a safer community.”
Flood’s philosophy for community policing has resonated in several ways as he’s encouraged neighbor-hood block watches to grow, First Street businesses to communicate with him and the Snohomish Police team about their concerns, and keeping up with any crime trends that spark in town.
Some of his favorite things about Snohomish are all the parades on First Street, being part of the Public Safety Commission, and growing the city’s National Night Out program.
“It was an honor to be here and to be part of this community,” Flood said. “I had a great time here.”
But with all the small victories and progress made, there was no holding back the flood of change.
Flood, who has been with SCSO for 26 years, was promoted to captain within the sheriff’s ranks, and will go “back to (his) roots” at the Sheriff’s Office.
Rogers said he’s looking forward to community policing and to work in Snohomish.
“Every day is a new adventure for me and it’s a different side of policing that I’m excited about,” Rogers told the Public Safety Commission last week after Flood introduced him. “Approaching the comm-unity aspect of it, after crime-fighting for 21 years, but I know there’s still some crime-fighting to do here. I will find this as an awarding chapter of my career here. My roots are in Snohomish County.” 


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