How Do I...?


This page covers a variety of resources to assist you in contacting the appropriate agency for the service you need.

File a police report/complaint in person:

(For crimes that occur within the city limits of Vancouver only)

VPD West Precinct,
2800 NE Stapleton Road

Lobby Hours 8 am to 5 pm Mon - Friday
Phone: 487-7355

VPD East Precinct has no front counter service. Police reports cannot be filed in person at this facility.

File a crime report for certain crimes over the telephone:

Crimes reported over the phone must meet the following criteria:

  • This is not an Emergency?
  • This incident occurred within the Vancouver Police Department City limits?
  • There are no Known Suspects?
  • This did not occur on a State Freeway?
  • This did not involve Firearms (used by suspect or taken in theft)?
  • This did not involve the Theft of a Motor Vehicle to include a licensed trailer?
  • This does not require the submission of any evidence?

Telephone reports may be made by calling (360) 487-7355, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (excluding holidays). For all emergencies, or for after hour reports, please call 911. Clark County does not have a non-emergency telephone number.

Request a police report 

Police Reports from the Vancouver Police Department are NOT held by the City. They are processed and filed by the Clark County Sheriff's Office. To request a police report, you must call (360) 397-2211 during regular business hours.


Report fraudulent charges on a credit/debit card:

  • Contact the bank to close the account
  • Obtain a notarized affidavit of fraud
  • Obtain a list of the fraudulent transactions
  • Provide a valid photo ID (driver’s license)

The documents and CLEAR photo ID can be brought into the VPD West Precinct during published window service hours or faxed to 695-3530, Attention PST, with the name and contact phone number to obtain the rest of the information required to complete the fraud report.

Report common complaints:

  • Road Rage – 911
  • Noise Complaint – 911
  • Chronic issues of speeding in a location/neighborhood – Traffic Complaint Hotline 487-7402
  • Check if someone has a warrant – 360-397-2397
  • Report Drug Activity- Contact Clark/Skamania Drug Task Force (360) 256-5711 or online
  • Parking Complaint – 487-8653
  • Damaged Mail Box (other than privately purchased) – report to US Postal Service
  • For stolen mail, with proof of theft contact VPD West Precinct at 487-7355.

Report a scam:

Contact the Washington State Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-551-4636 and/or the FBI at

File a vehicle collision report:

Download the State of Washington Vehicle Collision Report form

State Patrol Vancouver District Office is located at 11018 NE 51st Circle. The Office has a drop box outside for completed forms. Extra forms available on the side of the drop box

For More Information: 360-260-6333

Request A Copy of A Collision Report

Visit the Washington State Patrol site and follow the instructions for obtaining a copy of a filed collision report.

Get fingerprinting services:

The Clark County Sheriff's Office provides fingerprinting services.
Clark County Sheriff Headquarters,
707 W. 13th Street

Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4 pm

Costs per person (Cash only):

  • $15 for the first finger print card,
  • $5 each for each additional card.

Information: 360-397-2211

Vancouver Police Department does not offer fingerprinting services.

Initiative 594 – “Background Checks for Gun Sales and Transfers” 

The Department of Licensing’s (DOL) Firearms Program is only the record keeping authority, as noted in RCW 9.41 which is the Law Relating to Firearms and Dangerous Weapons. DOL is responsible for maintaining many of the state’s firearms records, including firearm dealer licenses, alien firearm licenses, concealed pistol licenses, ineligible to possess a firearm, and pistol transfers and sales.

Apply for a concealed weapons permit:

Clark County Sheriff Headquarters Bldg.,
707 W. 13th Street

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Information: 397-2211

Drop off unwanted prescription medications:

Only the Vancouver Police Department West Precinct accepts unwanted prescription medications
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday

Other law enforcement agencies that accept unwanted prescription medications include:

  • Clark County Sheriff Headquarters, 707 W. 13th Street
  • Clark Sheriff Central Precinct, 11608 NE 149th Street
  • Clark County Sheriff West Precinct, 505 NW 179th Street
  • Washougal Police Department, 1302 A Street
  • Camas Police Department, 2100 NE Third Avenue
  • Battle Ground Police Department, 507 SW First Street
  • La Center Police Department, 214 E. Fourth Street
  • Ridgefield Police Department, 116 N. Main (8:30 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday)
Vancouver Police West Precinct
2800 NE Stapleton Rd
Vancouver, WA 98663