Police Services Study

Please click here for the Police Services Study final consultant report. 

The final consultant report on the Police Services Study was completed in late 2018 and may be found here. The goal of this Study was to arrive at a long-term strategy for providing responsive, well-managed, effective and efficient law enforcement services that are reflective of community needs and priorities. This was the first such study completed since the City incorporated in 1999.

This report provides an evaluation of options and specific recommendations for how the City can best prepare to meet current and predicted demand for law enforcement services. These recommendations are the result of significant outreach and engagement with the community, as well as a thorough analysis of the Sammamish Police Department, its law enforcement data and future community and policing trends. 

Scope of Work

Phase I - Review of Current Organizational Conditions: 

This phase involved a compilation of current crime data and calls for service, interviews with stakeholders, shift meetings with police personnel, and a Virtual Town Hall survey. The consultant also performed an operations assessment, including a detailed analysis of the organizational structure, management capacity, scheduling, communication, performance measurement, use of technology and the impact of new laws and regulations. This first phase was summarized in an "Existing Conditions Report."

Phase II - Future Service Demand: 

In the second phase of work, the consulting team will evaluate crime trends, demographics, projected growth and other factors that could impact the future demand for law enforcement services. 

Phase III - Future Services Delivery Models: 

The third phase of the project will include an analysis and recommendations for future service delivery. This includes a "make vs. buy" comparison of the contract with the King County Sheriff's Office, in-house police operations and/or other partnership opportunities that may be available. 

Phase IV - Draft and Final Report: 

The final phase of the project will include a summarization of the key findings and recommendations from the prior phases of work. The report will look at the Department’s mission and guiding philosophy, recommend prioritized actions, provide implementation guidance, and suggest methods to track performance. A final "Police Services Study Report" containing specific and timebound guidance for implementation will be presented to the City Council for review and final adoption.




December 2017

Request for Proposals (RFP) released

March 6, 2018

Contract with BERK Consulting approved

April 2, 2018

Project kickoff at Council meeting

July 10, 2018

Project update at Council meeting

August 2018

Existing Conditions Report complete

October 16, 2018

Project update at Council meeting

December 11, 2018

Presentation of Final Report to Council

View Final Consultant Report

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