In 1967, the Lacey Police Department was formally established employing three commissioned officers for a city of 7,650. Today, the department has 60 commissioned officers serving our community of approximately 52,000 residents occupying over 16 square miles. On average, the department responds to 40,000 incidents per year.
To provide the necessary services to the citizens of Lacey, the Police Department is organized into three divisions: Operations, Investigations, and Administration.Operations Division
The Operations Division is comprised of Uniformed Patrol, Marine Operations, the Police Bicycle Unit, and the Traffic Unit. Uniformed Patrol
Uniformed Patrol is comprised of six Sergeants, six Corporals, and 30 Patrol Officers who are responsible for responding to all 9-1-1 as well as non-emergency calls 24 hours a day. They write reports, enforce traffic laws, investigate collisions, and enforce criminal laws within the Lacey City limits through a pro-active problem solving approach to crime. Marine Operations
The Lacey Police Department has one patrol boat which is used in the summer months to patrol Hicks Lake. The Officers assigned to the boat are tasked with maintaining a safe environment at the lake and enforcing boating violations. Police Bicycles
The Police Bicycle Unit which is comprised of officers who have specialized training in police biking are utilized for community events, parades, and emphasis patrols.Traffic Unit
The Lacey Police Traffic Unit is comprised of two full-time officers for the purpose of enhancing the safety of the community’s roadways through traffic emphasis patrols.Investigations Division
The Lacey Police Department's Investigation Division is responsible for the Detective Unit, Community Resource Unit, Internal Affairs, Background Investigations, and Volunteer Services. Detective Unit
The Detective Unit investigates major crimes, special victim crimes, financial crimes or crimes which require a degree of specialization or a centralized investigative approach. Their objective is to aggressively and proactively identify and investigate criminal activity so that crimes are solved and offenders are held accountable. Community Resource Unit
The Community Resource Unit serves as a support unit to the Department's Investigations and Patrol Divisions. The focus is on homelessness, quality of life issues, and community problems with a pro-active approach to street level crime, and specialized enforcement. The Community Resource Unit’s objective is to combat and arrest criminals who target Lacey citizens and businesses for the purpose of actively pursuing their criminal enterprises; target criminals who are engaged in crime sprees, gang and narcotics activity. Internal Affairs
The mission of Internal Affairs is to insure the integrity of the Lacey Police Department and to protect the public, through fair, thorough, and proactive investigations of alleged police misconduct. To accomplish this goal we have established a system for accepting complaints regarding allegations of misconduct or unlawful activity against departmental employees. If the complaint is of conduct that would violate police procedures or laws, Internal Affairs will conduct the investigation. Minor complaints are forwarded to the members division for investigation.
The Lacey Police Department is interested in the welfare of all citizens, and in taking proper action if employee misconduct has occurred. The Lacey Police Department officers are dedicated individuals who are diligently performing their duties in an effort to better serve you and our community.Background Investigations
It is the intent of the Lacey Police Department to hire the very best people who will support and enhance our organization and community, while ensuring that the Lacey Police Department’s mission, vision, and values are upheld to the highest standards. The investigators are tasked with conducting thorough pre-employment background investigations on commissioned and non-commission candidates who wish to be employed with the City of Lacey Police Department. Volunteer Services
The Lacey Police Department hosts a variety of opportunity for citizens to volunteer within the police department. The department offers a Police Explorer Post and the Lacey Resource Unit. All volunteer programs are supervised by a police sergeant and may contain a cadre of officers who support the program. All applicants are required to complete a background investigation to be considered for a volunteer position. Administrative Division
The Lacey Police Department’s Administrative Division is responsible for the Department’s Policies, School Resource Officers, Training Program, Records Unit, Evidence, and Accreditation functions.School Resource Officers
A total of three School Resource Officers work in collaboration with North Thurston Public Schools to make our community's schools safer. Duties include responding to calls for service, participation at school events, student instruction, and assisting with student and teacher safety. Training Unit
Administrative Sergeant coordinates the Department’s training program for in-house training and external training as well as managing grants and jail contracts. Currently the Lacey Police Department has specialized trainers for Emergency Vehicle Operations, Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Less-Lethal Tools, and Tactics. Records Unit
The Records Unit is comprised of four police assistants and one customer service supervisor. They are the first point of contact for the public visiting or calling the Lacey Police Department. Responsibilities include records maintenance, data entry, processing warrants and court orders, fingerprint and notary services, public disclosure, and phone customer services. Evidence Unit
The evidence unit is comprised of one full-time Evidence Technician assisted by a police assistant. The Evidence Technician is trained in crime scene processing and evidence collection techniques and is responsible for the documentation, preservation, and proper disposition of all items submitted to evidence.Accreditation
The Lacey Police Department first received state accreditation in 1995 and has successfully maintained accreditation status ever since. Accreditation is re-examined through WASPC every four years and demonstrates the department meets current best practice standards in policing and ensures compliance with current laws and regulations.