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.
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.
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.
View Incident reports from the Wapato Police Department - updated weekly.
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.
Chief for a Day program Meet the 2016 Chief for a Day
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 supportThank you to these community sponsors who supported the Wapato Police Department's efforts to educate our youth:
Police Ride Along Program - Rules & Guidelines
Employment Forms & Information
See the Employment page for information on any current openings.
Personal History Statement
Reserve Officer Application
Adm. Asst. to the Police Chief Job Description
Police Officer Job Description
Correction Officer Job Description
Assistant Police Chief Job Description
Read more about the History of the Wapato Police Department.
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