SMOKEY POINT — Two social workers are now paired up with police in Marysville and Arlington, bringing to north Snohomish County a sheriff’s office program that helps homeless people to get sober, to get off the streets and to start rebuilding their lives.

On Thursday morning Marysville officer Mike Buell stepped over dirty pillows, discarded pink underwear and scattered drug needles on the muddy, rain-soaked trails in the woods north of 172nd Street NE. Behind him hiked Arlington police officer Ken Thomas and the embedded social workers — Rochelle Long, of Marysville, and Britney Sutton, of Arlington — who carried backpacks heavy with supplies.

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