Mission, Vision, Values
We work in partnership with the community to protect life and property. We enhance the quality of life in our city through proactive problem solving, fair and equitable law enforcement and effective use of resources. We serve the city of Vancouver with courage, strength, integrity, compassion and pride.
We are a professional, progressive, and innovative law enforcement agency. We take pride in our role as an integral part of our community. We strive to be a full service organization committed to providing quality law enforcement services to our public. Our employees are leaders in problem solving and crime prevention in our community, our agency and throughout the law enforcement profession.
- Open, honest and direct communication throughout the agency.
- Accountable to the public we serve.
- Responsive to our community's priorities and needs.
- Maintain self-discipline and credibility through honest, moral and ethical behavior.
- Respect, professionalism, and open-mindedness directed towards every person we contact.
- Commitment to teamwork and cooperation among department members and the community.
West PrecinctPrecinct Information Staffing reductions have impacted public access and counter service at Vancouver Police Department facilities. Counter service for the public will ONLY BE AVAILABLE AT THE VPD WEST PRECINCT (2800 NE Stapleton Rd) between 8am – 5pm, Monday-Friday. There is NO police counter service at the Vancouver Police East Precinct. The Vancouver Police Department West Precinct accepts...
Police AdministrationThe Vancouver Police Department Headquarters is located at 605 E Evergreen Blvd. Long-time residents of Vancouver may remember this location as the former Washington State Patrol vehicle inspection station. However, this building has housed Vancouver Police staff since April 2002 (and the Vancouver Police Department does not conduct vehicle inspections).
Community PolicingWhat is Community Policing? The development of partnerships to solve localized problems or make specific improvements that enhance the overall quality of life in our community (an individual, a block or a neighborhood at a time.) How is it different from other types of policing? Community policing increases a sense of responsibility for personal safety and problem solving among our citizens...
History of Vancouver Police 1825-1900The Hudson’s Bay Company was established at Fort Vancouver in 1825. Prior to this time, the only law enforcement in this area consisted of tribal and military laws. The Hudson's Bay Company was only allowed legal jurisdiction over British subjects. While officers and other gentlemen who committed crimes were confined to their quarters, soldiers and common people were tied to the cannons and...
History of Vancouver Police - 1997 - PresentVancouver Police Today The City of Vancouver completed the largest annexation in Washington State history with the annexation of east Vancouver on January 1, 1997. The population of our city nearly doubled, going from 67,450 people to 127,900, and established Vancouver as the fourth largest city in Washington State. Vancouver's population continues to grow and as of 2013 over 165,000 citizens...