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Police Department


City of Wapato Police DepartmentThe Wapato Police Department has a staff of 18:  11 Sworn Officers, 5 Certified Correctional Officers, and 2 Civilian Clerks.  There are also 3 Police Reserve Officers who work in the Patrol Division. The Department provides the Community of Wapato with 24-hour Police Services.  The Officers are dispatched to calls by the Yakima County Sheriff Dispatch Center. Our jail houses 73 inmates, both local and out of county inmates.

Chief's Message

The Wapato Police Department is proud to serve and be an active part of the community. Please take a few minutes to learn more about the Wapato Police Department from our website.  We offer a variety of investigative, preventive, and community policing programs to both protect and serve the residents of Wapato. You will find our employees are dedicated to the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.

We are a small community of friends, visitors, and co-workers. Our goal at the Wapato Police Department is to work with you and listen to your concerns about the community you live in.To meet this goal, we must enlist the help of you, the residents, by encouraging everyone to report crimes that you see happening or that have occurred. Your Officers are here to work with, and listen to your concerns. Please do not hesitate to call, e-mail, or stop by with questions, concerns, or ideas on how we may better serve the community and your family.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Read more about the History of the Wapato Police Department.


Read through the FAQ to get more information on the City of Wapato Jail.

Interlocal Detention Contracts/Agreements

Weekly Incident Reports

View Incident reports from the Wapato Police Department - updated weekly.


Forms PDF file

Police Ride Along Program - Rules & Guidelines

Concealed Pistol License Application

Event Notification

Explorer Application

Personnel Complaints

Request for Disclosure of Public Records

Police Ride Along Program Policy


Employment Forms & Information PDF file

See the Employment page for information on any current openings.

Employment Application
Personal History Statement
Reserve Officer Application
Police Officer Job Description
Correction Officer Job Description
Assistant Police Chief Job Description



Wapato Police Dept.
205 S Simcoe Ave
Wapato WA 98951
Tel. 509.877.4275
Fax 509.877.7363
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