Port Angeles Police Department

  • Agency: Port Angeles Police Department
  • Address: 321 E 5th Street, Port Angeles, 98362 WA
  • Chief: Terry Gallagher ( Chief of Police)

Port Angeles Police Department is located at 321 E 5th Street, Port Angeles, 98362 WA. The Chief of Police of the department is Terry Gallagher. The Port Angeles Police Department phone number is 360-452-4545.

Port Angeles Police Department News

On Monday, June 11th, the Port Angeles Police Department will be releasing the first episode of a new series, “Stories from the PAPD”. This series will explore personal perspectives and experiences from retired & active duty officers that have served our community. Episodes will consist of high profile cases, insights from officers during investigations, and the examination of police work, both past and present. Those being interviewed include former high ranking officers, detectives, former chief of police, and more. Viewers can expect at least one new 4-7 minute episode per week for the next couple of months. Will you be checking out the first episode? Let us know what you think of this new series in the comments. “Stories from the PAPD” is being managed and directed by myself: Daniel Manwell, PAPD summer IT intern.

At the 2018 PAPD awards banquet Officer Eric Walker was awarded a Lifesaving Medal for a Naloxone save. Eric was also recognized as the PAPD Officer who made the most arrests of suspects who were driving under the influence of alcohol and or drugs during 2017, which is exceptional considering that Eric was hired on February 24, 2017. In addition to serving the community of Port Angeles, Eric also serves his country as a Captain in the United States Army Reserve.

At the PAPD 2018 awards banquet Officer Whitney Fairbanks was awarded a Lifesaving Medal for a Naloxone save. Officer Fairbanks, who was recently selected as the Department’s newest K9 Officer, had previously been awarded the Purple Heart and the Medal of Valor, which is PAPD’s highest award.

Working Together With Our Neighbors: In the photo are PAPD Chief Brian S. Smith, Lower Elwha Police Officer Mauricio Benitez and LEPD Chief Jeffrey Gilbert. In a brief ceremony on June 5th Officer Benitez was sworn in by Chief Smith. In addition to taking an oath of office at their home department, Elwha Officers are sworn in by PAPD so that when responding to requests for assistance from PAPD the Elwha Officers will have authority to enforce laws within Port Angeles. There are usually about 4 Patrol Officers on duty in Port Angeles, and often there are up to a dozen requests for police service in Port Angeles with no Officers available to respond, or lone PAPD Officers are enroute to incidents to which multiple Officers should respond. When that happens PAPD requests assistance from nearby agencies such as the Clallam County Sheriff's Office and the Lower Elwha Police.

Officer Swift Sanchez was recently awarded a Lifesaving Medal for a Naloxone save. In addition to serving the community of Port Angeles as a Police Officer, Swift serves our country as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserve.

At the PAPD 2018 awards banquet Corporal Clay Rife was awarded a Lifesaving Medal for a Naloxone save. Corporal Rife has previously been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, which is PAPD's second highest award for facing danger. In that incident then Officer Rife ensured that a robber was apprehended and held accountable.

Let's talk about Fireworks. They're loud, they're bright, and for some, fireworks mean it's officially summertime...They are also illegal within the Port Angeles city limits, any time of day. Let me quote the City Municipal Code: "Except as provided in paragraphs A and C above, the transfer, sale, possession, use, and discharge of fireworks is prohibited. Any person who violates the prohibition contained in this paragraph shall commit a civil infraction. The penalty shall be a fine of $500.00. " Please remind your friends and neighbors. The link to all provisions of the municipal code is below. Thank You. https://library.municode.com/wa/port_angeles/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=TIT9PUPEMOSA_CH9.20FI_9.20.020SAPODIFI

Scam Alert: The Port Angeles Police Department has received multiple complaints from citizens about a phone scam. The scam is not a new one, but seems to be targeting Port Angeles area phone numbers at this time. The scammer seems to be targeting Port Angeles businesses in particular. The scammer identifies themselves as a City Utilities or PUD employee and tells the citizen that they are overdue on their utility bills. They add that workers are responding to shut power off if payment is not made immediately. Luckily, all citizens we have heard from have not fallen for the scam. The calls have come from various phone numbers and the suspects appear to be using phone number-masking technology. The phone numbers have been 206 and 360 numbers so far. Some have reported that the callers have foreign accents. Please be extra vigilant when receiving any call in which the caller asks for personal information and/or payment. If you receive such a call, we advise you to hang up. If you need to verify whether or not the call is legitimate, you can then call the publicly listed number for the company to verify the information. City of Port Angeles Public Works & Utilities, Clallam PUD, Port Angeles Downtown Association, Clallam County Sheriff's Office, Peninsula Daily News, Newsradio KONP, KSQM 91.5 FM Community Radio

Port Angeles Man arrested for Vehicular Assault: On 06/01/18 at approximately 2:20 am, PENCOM received reports of a one car, roll-over vehicle collision that had occurred on Marine Drive. The reporting party told dispatch that the vehicle had been traveling at a high rate of speed prior to the collision. Port Angeles Police Department and Port Angeles Fire Department personnel responded to the scene. Officers located a truck on its side in the 1700 block of W Marine Drive. Citizens were providing first aid to the involved parties. Officers learned that in addition to the driver, the vehicle had been occupied by two passengers. The passengers, Naomi Kuykendall (age 19 of Port Angeles) and Jacob Torey (age 18 of Port Angeles) both sustained serious injuries and were both transported to the hospital and eventually airlifted to Harborview Medical Center. The driver was identified as Zachary A. Fletcher, age 21 of Port Angeles. Fletcher sustained minor injuries. Fletcher was evaluated for signs of impairment and he was taken into custody for two counts of Vehicular Assault. A search warrant was obtained for Fletcher’s blood and he was booked into the Clallam County Jail. A Clallam County Sheriff’s Department collision investigator responded to assist with investigation of the collision scene. RCW 46.61.522: (1) A person is guilty of vehicular assault if he or she operates or drives any vehicle: (a) In a reckless manner and causes substantial bodily harm to another; or (b) While under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, as defined by RCW 46.61.502, and causes substantial bodily harm to another; or (c) With disregard for the safety of others and causes substantial bodily harm to another. (2) Vehicular assault is a class B felony punishable under chapter 9A.20 RCW.

Happening right now: The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is crossing Clallam County. Our law enforcement runners will meet law enforcement runners from Jefferson and Kitsap counties and later today we will pass the torch off at the Hood Canal Bridge. A great event for a great cause. Thank you Undersheriff Ron Cameron, Chief Criminal Deputy Brian King and PAPD Offficer Swift Sanchez for your work in organizing and work supporting this effort! (pictured: PenCom Systems Coordinator Jeff Christopher and Chief Brian Smith delivering the torch to City Pier this morning)

Great job Officer Fairbanks , Deputy Morris and Deputy Estep!

Safety Reminder for Parents: On May 26th, 2018, a three year old child received an accidental poke from a discarded syringe at the Dream Playground in Port Angeles. This incident is both unfortunate and unacceptable. Accidental pokes like these can potentially expose the victim to any number of blood borne pathogens and requires immediate medical attention. Parents are reminded to stay vigilant to their children’s surroundings and report suspicious activity. Parents of younger children should always conduct a quick safety sweep of an area their children are going to be playing in. Parents of older children are encouraged to speak to them about potential hazards. Remember that these syringes are small and can easily be concealed from view by foliage, trash or discarded clothing. If you locate a discarded syringe, you can notify local law enforcement on a non-emergency line (PAPD is 360-452-4545). In the event someone in your family gets poked, here are some tips: • Try to stay calm. • Allow the wound to bleed freely, wash it with soap and water then lightly cover it. • After initial first aid, go directly to the emergency room, don’t wait, getting the right treatment is time sensitive. • Once at the ER, you can notify law enforcement about the incident and inform them where the poke occurred and where the syringe is located. As time allows, PAPD officers have been asked to make safety sweeps of playgrounds, parks and school grounds in the early morning hours. Corporal Rife PAPD

On 052518 a reporting party found a plastic sack of mail located at Crown Park, 1925 West 4th Street. There were 123 pieces of mail (no junk mail) from Sequim, Port Angeles, and unincorporated Clallam County. Only one piece of mail had been opened which was the only piece of mail that appeared to be a card. The card contained a check was still in the card. Only one piece of mail was from the city of Port Angeles. The rest of the mail was turned over to the Sequim Police Department and the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office. The mail will be returned to the intended residents. Based on the dates of the mail, it is believed most of the mail was taken from mailboxes around the first of May.

Press Release On 052718 Port Angeles police officer were dispatched to a residence in the 2600 block of Race Street after the reporting party found a box of blasting caps. The reporting party had been cleaning out a garage where a deceased family member had lived. The box had been there for a very long time, possibly decades. Per department protocol WSP explosive personnel were summoned to transport and dispose of the material.

Be sure to look out for your local LE Officers running on May 30 in support of the Special Oympics!

Today family, friends and the community of Port Angeles said goodbye to former Mayor Pat Downie. We are saddened by the loss of our friend. We are better people and a better community because Patrick was a part of our lives. Thank you Mayor Downie!

At PAPD'S 2018 awards banquet Officer Jeff Ordona was awarded a Lifesaving Medal for a Naloxone save. Officer Ordona has previously received a Lifesaving Medal for putting himself at risk to save the life of another person.

At PAPD'S 2018 awards banquet Officer Brian Stamon was awarded four Lifesaving Medals for Naloxone saves. Brian is responsible for four of PAPD'S 23 Naloxone saves. Also Officer Stamon was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, which is PAPD's second highest award for facing danger. Officer Stamon and other Officers safely took a man into custody for mental evaluation who was walking down a busy street holding a knife to his own throat. Officer Stamon has previously been awarded two Lifesaving Medals.

At PAPD'S 2018 awards banquet Officer Kyle Cooper was awarded four Lifesaving Medals for Naloxone saves. Officer Cooper is responsible for four of PAPD'S 23 Naloxone saves. Also, Officer Cooper was selected by his peers to receive the Patrol Partner Award. Kyle is often the first to respond to dangerous calls for service, and he is the Officer that other Officers want as their back-up.