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     Sandra Shah           Steve Araguz            Danilo Hawkins         Juan Ceja                                                                                                                                     

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Jesse Switzer                                    Reserve                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jesse Switzer          


Patrol Division
The Patrol Division of the Toppenish Police Department is responsible for Patrol, Parking Enforcement, and Animal Control functions.

The Patrol Section of the Toppenish Police Department is currently made up of one Sergeant, and ten commissioned officers. They are responsible for providing around the clock professional law enforcement services for our community. Our Patrol Officers are the first line of defense against the criminal element. Often referred to as the backbone of the police department, these officers are carefully selected and highly trained. Although many of the services involve responding to criminal activity, patrol officers also provide directed patrol in order to improve the quality of life for citizens.

Patrol work is complex and critical. It can be summarized by listing the following activities:

  • Deterring crime through directed patrol.
  • Enforcing the laws.
  • Investigating criminal behavior.
  • Apprehending offenders.
  • Writing reports.
  • Coordinating efforts with the prosecutor.
  • Assisting individuals in danger or in need of other assistance.
  • Conflict resolution.
  • Keeping the peace.
  • Maintaining order.
  • Keeping pedestrian and automobile traffic moving.
  • Assisting with special events such as parades, festivals and fun runs.
Police Patrol

When officers are not assigned to a call, they are performing other tasks such as code enforcement, traffic enforcement and warrant service.

Police Patrol

Each of our patrol cars is equipped with the most modern computers to assist in these tasks. Within seconds, officers can check to see if someone is wanted, a car is stolen, or a driver is suspended, all from their laptops. Each car has an evidence kit and other tools to assist them in the performance of their duties.

At this time, the department's patrol vehicles are now equipped with a mobile video camera. For more information on this program, contact (509) 865-4355.

Many of the activities Patrol performs are related to Community Oriented Policing, including Crime Free Rental Housing, and a few Block Watch areas. Proactive traffic enforcement makes our roadways safer, reduces crime and improves the quality of life in our neighborhoods. Proactive traffic enforcement efforts remove impaired drivers from the road, enforce speed limits and rules of the road thus preventing traffic collisions. These stops also provide an oppotunity for offiers to reinforce the importance of seat belt and child seat use, which prevent injuries and deaths. Proactive enforcement also results numerous criminal apprehensions. The Toppenish Police Department takes the enforcement of the Driving While Under the Influence Law very seriously. Drive Carefully and DON'T Drink and Drive! Officers are leaving the isolation of their patrol cars and patrolling on foot, and they are utilizing bicycles to get around in the more congested areas, such as downtown.

The Police Department has had a Police Reserve Program since 1985. Reserves are citizens who wish to give something back to their community through service.

They are non-paid volunteers who have been trained and certified through the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission to perform law enforcement duties. They have full police authority and many are on solo patrol making our community a safer place to live. We currently have two active Reserves each donating a minimum of sixteen hours monthly to the program.

Police Patrol

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