Beginning January 1, 2012, the City of Snohomish contracted with the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office for police services. The city chose to retain the police department uniform, patch, and vehicle graphics to retain the identity of a city police department. The officers you see on patrol today in the city are sworn sheriff's deputies who have been assigned to work exclusively in the city.
The Snohomish Police patrol staff consists of four crews, There are two crews on the day shift and two on the night shift, and split the week for their work days. Additionally, Snohomish is centrally located between the North, East and South Sheriff’s Office precincts; therefore, Snohomish acts as a hub for many deputies and command staff while on patrol. It is not uncommon for citizens of Snohomish to see Snohomish police officers working alongside sheriff's deputies on police calls within the city.
In 2013, the Sheriff's Office started using black and white Chevrolet Caprice patrol cars. The police department at that time took the opportunity to change the vehicle graphics to be more modern. As the older Ford Crown Victorias age they will be replaced by the newer look vehicles.