Mission, Vision, Values
Valor, Professionalism, Duty
We work in partnership with the community to preserve life, protect property and enhance livability through equitable law enforcement and effective use of resources.
To reflect the rich diversity of Vancouver and make it the safest city for everyone to live, work and play.
Ethics. Doing the right thing;maintaining self-discipline, credibility and moral behavior.
Respect. Treating all people with compassion, respect and fairness; honoring diversity of thought, experiences and opinions.
Honesty. Upholding the principles of honesty and transparency.
Communication. Communicating with openness, active listening, fostering an environment of inclusion, trust and empowerment.
Collaboration. Actively seeking collaboration with each other and the community to achieve mutually desired outcomes.
West PrecinctPrecinct Information Counter service for the public is available between 8am – 5pm, Monday-Friday (excluding holidays). The Vancouver Police Department accepts unwanted prescription medications during normal office hours only (Monday-Friday, 8a.m.-5p.m. except on holidays) at both the East (520 SE 155th Ave) and West (2800 NE Stapleton Rd) precinct locations. Citizens can obtain a variety of...
East PrecinctPrecinct Information Counter service for the public is available between 8am – 5pm, Monday-Friday (excluding holidays). The Vancouver Police Department accepts unwanted prescription medications during normal office hours only (Monday-Friday, 8a.m.-5p.m. except on holidays) at both the East (520 SE 155th Ave)and West (2800 NE Stapleton Rd) precinct locations. Citizens can also obtain a variety...
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...