Chapter 2.38


2.38.010    Purpose of chapter.

2.38.020    Definitions.

2.38.030    Sheriff’s facility security unit.

2.38.040    Facility security committee.

2.38.050    Security marshals.

2.38.010 Purpose of chapter.

The purpose of this chapter to centralize and assign to the sheriff responsibility for planning, coordination, and provision of security services for county facilities subject to oversight by a county facility security committee composed of county officials representing the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of county government.

(Added by Amended Ord. 07-120, Nov. 19, 2007, Eff date Jan. 1, 2008)

2.38.020 Definitions.

In this chapter, unless the context clearly requires otherwise,

(1) "County facility" means real property owned or managed by the county and used for county purposes, including park property, wherever located within the county;

(2) "Facility security committee" means the committee established by SCC 2.38.040;

(3) "Marshal" mean a security marshal appointed by the sheriff under SCC 2.38.050;

(4) "Security program" means a comprehensive system of plans, policies, procedures, and operations designed to provide reasonable levels of security for county facilities;

(5) "Sheriff" means the Snohomish County Sheriff.

(Added by Amended Ord. 07-120, Nov. 19, 2007, Eff date Jan. 1, 2008)

2.38.030 Sheriff’s facility security unit.

(1) There is hereby established a facility security unit within the sheriff’s office. The unit shall develop and implement a security program for county facilities under the supervision of the sheriff and in accordance with plans approved by the facility security committee. The security program shall include management of technology that is directly related to facility security such as key card access systems, security cameras, and weapon screening devices.

(2) The facility security unit shall coordinate its activities with other county offices and agencies, including the department of facilities management and superior and district courts, which shall provide access to county property, equipment, and facilities as required by the facility security unit. The sheriff shall provide administrative support for the facility security committee.

(3) The facility security unit shall concern itself with changing technologies in the management of security programs and shall, when feasible and subject to available funds, expedite development and implementation of technologies that will promote efficiencies and other improvements in the security program.

(Added by Amended Ord. 07-120, Nov. 19, 2007, Eff date Jan. 1, 2008)

2.38.040 Facility security committee.

(1) There is hereby established a county facility security committee composed of one representative designated by each of the following county offices or agencies: assessor, auditor, clerk, council, department of corrections, district court, executive, prosecuting attorney, sheriff, superior court, and treasurer. The committee shall be chaired by the presiding judge of the superior court.

(2) The facility security committee shall approve one or more security plans for county facilities for which security is provided by the sheriff’s facility security unit. The security plans shall provide direction to the sheriff’s facility security unit as determined appropriate by the committee consistent with the budget for the unit adopted by the council.

(3) The facility security committee shall meet at least quarterly to review the security program and make recommendations to the sheriff’s facility security unit. On or before October 1 of each year the committee shall provide a written report to the council containing a description of the security program and, if determined appropriate by the committee, recommendations for legislative action.

(Added by Amended Ord. 07-120, Nov. 19, 2007, Eff date Jan. 1, 2008)

2.38.050 Security marshals.

(1) The sheriff shall appoint and assign to the facility security unit security marshals to provide security services for the county campus and Denney Juvenile Justice Center in Everett in accordance with a security plan approved by the facility security committee under SCC 2.38.040. Subject to available funds, the sheriff may appoint and assign to the unit such additional security marshals for the county campus, Denney Juvenile Justice Center, or other county facilities as the sheriff determines appropriate, provided that security marshals shall not be assigned to county parks unless requested by the director of the department of parks and recreation.

(2) The sheriff shall deputize security marshals as limited commission special deputy sheriffs with such qualifications, training, and authority as the sheriff determines appropriate, which shall be stated in writing, provided that security marshals shall at minimum have authority to:

(a) conduct lawful searches of individuals and tangible items in furtherance of county facility security;

(b) make lawful arrests or detentions of individuals and seizures of tangible items (including but not limited to firearms and other weapons) that are illegal to possess or that may pose a security threat on or about county facilities; and

(c) maintain and restore order during court proceedings or other events on or about county facilities.

(3) The appointment and assignment of security marshals shall not affect the authority of other deputy sheriffs or law enforcement officers.

(Added by Amended Ord. 07-120, Nov. 19, 2007, Eff date Jan. 1, 2008)