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What does RADAR stand for?

Response Awareness De-escalation and Referral

What is RADAR?

North Sound RADAR is a collaboration between the police departments of Kenmore, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Bothell, and Kirkland.  The program addresses the rights and needs of individuals with behavioral health issues and/or developmental disabilities (BH/DD). The purpose is to decrease use-of-force incidents between police and individuals with BH/DD and to reduce the repeated and inappropriate use of emergency services. It uses community-policing strategies to achieve these objectives.

RADAR encourages the building of relationships between police and the populations they serve and the sharing of information amongst first responders to allow a more effective and safe response during a time of crisis. Through communication and collaborative planning, RADAR seeks to reduce use of force incidents engendered by fear or misunderstanding. It began in the City of Shoreline as a pilot program funded by the United States Department of Justice through the Bureau of Justice Assistance Smart Policing Initiative. The program went into effect January 1, 2017 and was evaluated by researchers at George Mason University and the Police Foundation in 2018.  It is staffed by a Program Coordinator, several mental health professionals (RADAR Navigators) and specially trained patrol officers.

Goals: 

  • Develop individualized de-escalation strategies to reduce police use-of-force incidents during encounters with people with BH/DD.
  • Collaborate with a mental health professional (RADAR Navigator) to connect individuals with BH/DD to existing services and treatment.
  • Reduce repeat encounters with first responders and increase the effectiveness of police responses.
  • Create cost effective community-policing strategies and promote increased collaboration between deputies, persons with BH/DD, caregivers, and families.

RADAR is intended to support the King County Sheriff’s Office GOM 5.08.10 “Persons in Behavioral Crisis” and existing Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training.

What does RADAR mean for you?

If you, or someone you know has behavioral health issues and is at risk of crisis, RADAR may be helpful to you. RADAR Deputies and the RADAR Navigator may be able to work with you to design a personalized response plan and/or help access local services.

 2019 Kenmore Radar Report