Law Enforcement for Birch Bay is provided by Sheriff Bill Elfo's Whatcom County Sheriff's Department
The best crime prevention is a Nosy Neighbor
Neighborhood Deputy Zac Reimer, following his Birch Bay community presentation on Aug. 29, 2012 says, "Below I have listed some links, services, information, and contact information."
Vacation House Checks
Available through the Sheriff's office is the vacation house check request. The Sheriff's Office has volunteers that provide the service of check on your home when you are on vacation. Please use this link http://www.whatcomcounty.us/sheriff/pdf/vacation-housecheck.pdf
Online Crime Reporting
Citizens can now report crimes to the Sheriff's Office online. I would like to make sure and make this available to the public. Even though I am a very big advocate for people calling 911 right away as soon as they suspect a crime has occurred, is occurring, or is about to occur, there is still a percentage of the population that will still not call. This occurs because there is still that belief that it is "not a big deal". With online reporting it helps some people with making that first step to report the incident. The online reporting system will walk you through the reporting system and will prompt you if you need to call 911. The link for online reporting is https://www.whatcomcounty.us/reportcrime/
Sex Offender Information
Please use the following link to find information about sex offenders in your area...http://www.sheriffalerts.com/cap_main.php?office=54493
If anyone would like me to come to their residence or business and conduct a house check for tips and advice on how to secure your property please contact me. I would be happy to meet with you to discuss current crime trends and to help you secure your home or business and make your property a "hard target" for criminal activity.
Block Watch Program
If you are interested in starting a block watch program or getting it up and going again please contact me. I will meet with you and get you set up on the program so you can get the block watch program started for your neighborhood. If you already have a block watch program and it has taken a back seat I will work with you and your neighborhood to get it back up and running smoothly.
The Sheriff's Office contact information
To report a crime or an emergency call 911 "Non emergency" phone line 360-676-6911 or simply call 911 & say, "This is NOT an emergency." Whatcom County Sheriff's Office main business line 360-676-6650 Whatcom County Sheriff's Office criminal activity tip line: (360)715-7459 and 1-866-456-2157 Whatcom County Sheriff's Office drug activity tip line: (360)676-6952
(Please note when calling me please understand that I do not work 24/7 and I work a variety of hours and days. If you need to report a crime or something is of an emergent nature please start with calling 911. You can always follow up with a phone call or email to me, but please understand that because my hours and days off change frequently it may be several days before I can address any issues that you may have. My preferred method of contact is email if possible)
http://buildasafejail.com Public Safety Now held a launch event on May 10, 2012 featuring keynote speaker Penny Bartley, Director of the South Correctional Entity (SCORE). This is a portion of her presentation, comparing her experience of building a jail in south King County with the issues facing Whatcom County, Washington.