Police Department

Welcome to the Washington Police Department.

The men and women who comprise this department are committed to delivering honest, impartial and ethical Law Enforcement to our residents. We are continually striving to deliver the most professional services on a daily basis to our community. We currently serve a population in excess of 15,000 people and patrol a community that is over fifteen (15) square miles in size.

The Washington Police Department prides itself for the contribution we make towards assuring a high quality of life for its residents, business owners and visitors. This is accomplished by providing a full spectrum of law enforcement programs that help to ensure a low crime rate. The Washington Police Department has a uniformed patrol division, Investigations division, bicycle patrol unit, and School Resource Officer. Our agency is a member of the Central Illinois Emergency Response Team (C.I.E.R.T.) which is a multi-jurisdictional Special Weapons and Tactics Team (S.W.A.T.), we currently have three Police Officers assigned to the tactical unit and two trained crisis negotiators. We have an investigator assigned to the Homeland Security Investigations Cybercrime Task Force and Illinois Attorney General's Crimes Against Children Task Force. We are constantly reviewing our operations and effectiveness to bring new programs to the community and re-established a DARE program in the Fall of 2016.

The philosophy of community policing has now become the hallmark of our agency. Community Policing is, in its simplest terms, the Police and the Community forming a partnership through open lines of communication and cooperation to continually identify the needs and concerns within our community while collectively developing strategies to solve these concerns or issues in order to enhance the quality of life for our residents. This philosophy will continue to enhance the quality of life for our residents while developing a mutual respect and support between the members of the police department, our residents and business owners. I strongly urge you to contact our department to see what you can do to help your police department maintain the quality we are so accustomed to in our community.

Please take some time to visit our department through this website as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages . We welcome your input and suggestions. In the near future, we will be undertaking new initiatives to ensure that we remain responsive to the community needs and continue to be the forefront of modern policing. Our employees are professional and well trained. They are committed to making our department the finest police department in the country on your behalf. We appreciate your support. 

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