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 17: 10 Sworn Officers, 5 Certified Correctional Officers, and 2 Civilian Clerks and 1 Reserve Officer. 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.
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.
Weekly Incident Reports
View Incident reports from the Wapato Police Department – enter 98951 in the zip code field to see the incidents.
Civil Service Commission
The Civil Service Commission will meet the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Meet the Civil Service Commission members.
The next Civil Service Commission meeting will be held July 26, 2017 at the Wapato Municipal Courtroom, 205 S Simcoe Ave, at 6:00 pm.
The August meeting has been moved from August 9th to August 23, 2017 at the Wapato Municipal Courtroom, 205 S Simcoe Ave, at 6:00 pm.
Civil Service Testing:
IMMEDIATE OPENING – Application and Resume must be received by 5:00 pm on August 14, 2017. Physical agility and written test on August 15, 2017 for entry level applicants, followed by an oral boards on August 16th. Qualified lateral applicants will be scheduled for an oral board on August 16th.
Bike Rodeo – June 2017
We had 50 children between the ages of 3 and 14 participate in this year’s Bike Rodeo. Six new bikes and other items were given away. Each participate received a t-shirt, a bike helmet, bicycle safety coloring book, and pizza for lunch. A big thank you to Legends Casino for helping to fund this program.
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’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.
Police Ride Along Program – Rules & Guidelines
Employment Forms & Information
See the Employment page for information on any current openings.
Read more about the History of the Wapato Police Department.