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City of Wapato Police Department

The Police Department protects and serves the residents of Wapato. They offer a variety of investigative, preventative, and community policing programs. Their goal is to listen to you and work with you about your concerns in the community. The Municipal Jail houses our local inmates as well as inmates from contract cities.

The 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

Read through the FAQ to get more information on the City of 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 - enter 98951 in the zip code field to see the incidents.

Civil Sevice Commission

The Civil Service Commission will meet the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7 P.M. At City Hall beginning on December 14th. Meet the Civil Service Commission members.

Community Service

Pictures of Wapato Night Out - Aug 4th

The community thanks the students from the Yakima Nation Tribal School for their efforts to help clean up graffiti in the City of Wapato in April 2015. Read the Press Release.



Drug & Safety Education efforts supported by community businesses

Thanks to our community businesses and members who donated money to the Wapato Police Department in order for us to purchase brochures, pamphlets, books, posters that contain drug & alcohol prevention and general safety information. These materials from L.A.W. Publications A leader in Drug and Safety Education will be used at Wapato schools, and distributed by the Police Department and through community events like Bike Rodeo & Wapato Night Out.

Read Police Chief Rick Needham's statement of appreciation for the community support

Thank you to these community sponsors who supported the Wapato Police Department's efforts to educate our youth:
  • El Ranchito Restaurant
  • Wapato Vision Clinic
  • Bennett’s Lower Valley Collision
  • Horizon Pharmacy
  • Carniceria la Mas Barrata
  • San Juan Restaurant
See pictures of the appreciation certificate presentations on our Facebook page.

Forms PDF file

Police Ride Along Program - Rules & Guidelines

Concealed Pistol License Application

Event Notification

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
Adm. Asst. to the Police Chief Job Description
Police Officer Job Description
Correction Officer Job Description


Read more about the History of the Wapato Police Department.



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

Car Theft Prevention

As the temperatures fall people start their vehicles so they can warm up prior to driving them.

This is commonly called a “puffer” and vehicle thieves patrol the city looking for these cars. ... learn more