What is RADAR?

RADAR is an effort by the Shoreline Police Department to address the rights and needs of individuals with behavioral health issues and/or developmental disabilities (BH/DD). Its 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 times of crisis. Through communication and collaborative planning, RADAR seeks to reduce use of force incidents engendered by fear or misunderstanding. It is 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 will be evaluated by researchers at George Mason University and the Police Foundation in 2018.  It is staffed by three RADAR Deputies, one RADAR Sergeant, a mental health professional (RADAR Navigator) and a Project Coordinator.

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.

Related Resources

If you live in Shoreline, SMART 911 is a no-cost way to share information about members of your household with 911 dispatchers and first responders before emergencies occur:

Smart 911 website

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) helps individuals and their caregivers prepare for crisis events:

NAMI Crisis Preparation Kit
NAMI Eastside 

The King County Community Medicine Team operates out of Shoreline Fire Department—and provides  help to people in their homes who need non-emergency assistance. Shoreline Police are proud to be partnering with the CMT as part of the RADAR Project.

News, Video, and Media

Video: RADAR founder Scott Strathy talks about the RADAR program concept

Shoreline Area News: RADAR program helps Shoreline PD understand behavioral health issues

Shoreline Area News: Local Fire Departments team up with King County EMS to provide community medical technicians