Shoreline, Washington

RADAR: Improving Police Encounters With Individuals With Mental Health Issues or Cognitive/Intellectual Deficits

Two Shoreline Police cars

Shoreline Patch

Site LE Agency
Shoreline Police Department

Site Researcher
Charlotte Gill, Ph.D., George Mason University and Breanne Cave, Ph.D., Police Foundation

Site Focus
Mental Health Disorder

SPI Strategy
Evidence-based interventions for mentally ill, Multi-agency collaboration

Site Cohort

Site Profile
Small rural area of 11.67 sq. miles with a population of 55,690

Project Overview

Although residents of the City of Shoreline make up only 10.2 percent of the population area policed by the greater Kings County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO), approximately 15 percent of the entire county’s mental health complaints and suicide attempt calls come from Shoreline. In response, Shoreline’s Response Planning and De-escalation and Referral (RADAR) Initiative aims to develop personalized response plans for Shoreline residents impacted by mental health issues or cognitive/intellectual deficits. The goal of the project is to enhance the safety and well-being of both the community and first responders through community caretaking and community policing.

Data Highlight

  • The City of Shoreline is home to 10.2 percent of King County residents, but contributes about 15 percent of all county mental health calls.
  • Repeat callers are a significant challenge. One caller accounted for 49 calls over eight years, including 13 in 2014.
  • The site implemented the Response Planning and De-escalation and Referral (RADAR) Initiative in January 2017.