The RADAR Navigator program is taking a major step forward, adding three full-time positions.
RADAR Navigators work alongside officers in response to in-progress law enforcement calls that involve individuals in crisis, who have behavioral health issues and/or developmental disabilities. The Navigators work to connect these individuals with the community of care.
“Co-response and community response are an emerging field in the discipline of social work and I’m proud that we are leading the way,” said RADAR Navigator program manager Brook Buettner. “I’m so excited to move forward with full implementation of the North Sound RADAR Navigator Program with these full-time positions. I’m also delighted that the positions are offered at a high wage and with excellent benefits.”
"This is an excellent opportunity for those with the proper training to step forward and be a part of our growing Navigator team, " said Bothell Police Chief Ken Seuberlich. “The RADAR program has broad support in our communities and local law enforcement. We are looking for candidates who want to make a difference and help those in need.”
The North Sound RADAR (Response Awareness, De-Escalation and Referral) Navigator program aims to decrease use-of force and reduce crisis events for people in its partner communities (Bothell, Shoreline, Kirkland, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park).
In 2020, RADAR Navigators had contact with 126 individuals in Bothell. Of those, 37% expressed having a disabling behavioral health condition and 9% were living homeless. Additional data is available on Bothell Police page, and on the RADAR Navigator regional website.