Mount Vernon Police Department

  • Agency: Mount Vernon Police Department
  • Address: 1805 Continental Place, Mount Vernon, 98273 WA
  • Chief: Michael Barsness (Chief of Police)

Mount Vernon Police Department is located at 1805 Continental Place, Mount Vernon, 98273 WA. The Chief of Police of the department is Michael Barsness. The Mount Vernon Police Department phone number is (360) 336-6271.

Mount Vernon Police Department News

Daylight Saving Time - Spring forward this weekend! It's time to spring forward, which means an extra hour of daylight in the evenings. Remember to set your clocks forward one hour at 2 a.m.this Sunday..

Newest Mount Vernon Police Officer On Monday, March 5, 2018, Officer Christopher Harris was sworn in by Mayor Jill Boudreau during a ceremony at the Mount Vernon Police and Court Campus. In attendance were Christopher’s family, department personnel, city staff and department volunteers. Christopher grew up in the Anacortes area, graduated from Skagit Valley College, and received his Bachelor’s in Anthropology from the University of Washington. Before joining the department he worked at Starbucks. He is scheduled to attend the Basic Law Enforcement Academy in Burien, in July. Officer Harris – Welcome to the Mount Vernon Police Department!!

Reminder....informational meeting tonight at 6pm at Mount Vernon Police Department

We're hiring... Do you enjoy a challenge? Do you like working with people, solving problems and feeling like the work you’ve done makes a difference in your community? The Mount Vernon Police Department is seeking individuals interested in becoming a Community Service Officer. CSO’s differ from Police Officers as they aren’t required to enforce laws or carry firearms. Rather, they support the mission of the police department by working directly with police officers, citizens, community organizations and other city departments to examine and solve factors that cause decay, disorder and criminal activity that leads to unsafe and unhealthy communities. For more information about a career as a Mount Vernon Police Community Service Officer .

FRAUD ALERT We have been receiving reports today of a scam directed at Mount Vernon residents. Below is a summary of the scam: Officer Smith of MVPD (with an accent) called from 786-453-7738 to tell a resident he owed the IRS back taxes and if he didn’t provide “funds to rectify the late payment immediately” he would be arrested and serve “90 days in prison”. Officer Smith’s superior, (also with an accent) Superior Wilson, then spoofed the MVPD main line of 360-336-6271 and called and reiterated the above statements. The citizen was concerned because it was the MVPD phone number, but the citizen did not provide any funds. If you receive a similar call, you can make a report to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484, or online at

Happy Presidents' Day! Today is a very special day - it allows us to pause, reflect, and honor our nation's rich history, and salute former Presidents for the legacy of leadership they have provided our Nation for more than two centuries. This month, as we honor George Washington and Abraham Lincoln - the Presidents whose birthdays we commemorate. Let us also remember our military men and women, and their families as they continue to defend the rights and principles for which these men dedicated their lives. Also, on this special day, we want to thank and honor our community. We are so thankful for having such a strong relationship with our community and able to work together to improve the overall quality of life in our individual neighborhoods. From all of us at MVPD, we wish you a safe and enjoyable Presidents’ Day! Again, thank you MV community, you’re the best!

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE - National Weather Service Seattle WA. WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 7PM PST FRIDAY ABOVE 2000 FEET. WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH LATE SATURDAY NIGHT. * WHAT...Snow showers will increase in the Cascades tonight, and the snow could become heavy at times on Friday. Several inches are likely later tonight and another 5 to10 inches is possible on Friday. A more significant storm will arrive Saturday with up to around two feet of snow possible in the mountains. * WHERE and WHEN...Snow will fall in the passes, possibly becoming heavy at times during the day on Friday. Heavy snow is likely on Saturday as a much stronger system arrives. ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for winter driving condition with possible delays on Saturday. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1. A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel.

Citizens Academy 24 kicked off tonight!!!

Is your Beagle Legal? Did you know that pets residing in the City of Mount Vernon need to be licensed? Mount Vernon Municipal code requires all dogs over 20 weeks old and cats over 12 weeks old, be licensed. Pet licenses are obtained only at the Mount Vernon Police Department and are NOT the same as rabies vaccination tags from your veterinarian! There are many reasons to license your pet. Check out the following to learn about the benefits of licensing your pet: 1.) For spayed and neutered pets, it’s FREE! Who doesn’t like something for free? If your pet is spayed or neutered and has a current Rabies vaccination stop by the Mount Vernon Police Department and get your free license! 2.) Rabies prevention! Pet owners must show proof of current rabies vaccination to obtain a license. This helps establish a rabies free pet population. It is also an easy way for others to be assured your pet has been vaccinated. 3.) Help get your pet back! Your pet’s license tag number is entered into the law enforcement database. That means if your pet is missing and Animal Control or another Law Enforcement Officer finds your pet wearing its tag, your information is easily retrieved and your pet returned home. This helps you also avoid impound fees associated with caring for your animal while you are located. 4.) Help the City track pet ownership! By licensing your pet the City can get an idea of the number of pets in its jurisdiction. This information can be important for planning things like trails, parks and even dog parks. 5.) It’s the law! Mount Vernon Municipal Code requires all dogs and cats residing in the City limits to be licensed. The penalty for an unlicensed pet in the City is $103! Don’t delay………license your pet today!

MOUNT VERNON POLICE DEPT. FOUND PROPERTY BIKES: 17-M22481 Huey gray mountain bike 17-M22705 green & blue Huffy 17-M22680 black, red & white Free Spirit 17-M22698 blue Magna 18-speed 17-M23503 gray bike 17-M23138 girl’s purple Diamondback 17-M23346 girl’s white & pink Rosie 17-M23347 men’s light blue Price 17-M23334 boy’ white Kent BMX 17-M23606 woman’s blue Trek 10-speed 17-M23830 boy’s yellow Kent 18-M00889 boy’s green & black Chaos BMX MISC. ITEMS: 17-M22483 Spurs baseball hat, small amount of cash 17-M22683 48” pipe wrench 17-M23632 pair of black shoes 17-M23636 safety glasses, harmonica 17-M23361 black backpack, camo backpack, blue backpack 17-M23057 black ZTE phone 17-M23827 Keys 18-M00072 yellow bolt cutters 18-M00569 archery bow 18-M00528 Harns welder, Snap-on charger To claim call 360-336-6231 or 360-336-6271 Mon-Fri, 8 to 4:30 with other identifying information.

Over the past week, Mount Vernon Police have seen an increase in calls to 911 reporting frauds and scams. Below is a summary of scams that, upon receipt, were immediately reported to law enforcement. • Jury Duty Scam: Yesterday, two local dental offices reported receiving calls from scammers trying to dupe them into believing someone had missed Jury Duty. The scammer said $1,000 needed to be paid to resolve the situation. • Rental Property Scam: A resident reported going to look at a house they thought was for rent in Mount Vernon recently. When they arrived at the house, they found it to be occupied and not for rent. The scammer asked the prospective renter to wire money. • Publishers Clearinghouse Scam: A resident received a call at the end of last week indicating they had won second prize in the Publishers Clearinghouse sweepstakes. The scammer said a $2 million prize and a new vehicle would be delivered, if taxes and fees were paid on the winnings. Below is some helpful information if you suspect someone is trying to perpetuate a scam against you. • Call 911 - if you believe you have been the victim of a scam. • Make a report to the Federal Trade Commission, if someone has tried to scam you. • Hang up or don’t answer the phone, if you don’t recognize the calling number. • Never give out personal information over the phone. • Never send money to collect a prize. • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you have questions, or need additional information about common scams/frauds, please contact the Crime Prevention Division at (360) 336-6271.

Heavy snow is expected in the passes this weekend. If you plan any travel, check the pass reports to be prepared. Be safe - plan ahead.

Happy Martin Luther King Day! Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. devoted his life to advancing racial equality, social justice, and opportunity for everyone. Through his words, example and sacrifice, he challenged us all to take action in our communities, stand up for injustice and remind us all of our humanity. Dr. King once said, “Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve”. It is our hope that you will be inspired and continue his legacy by using your gifts, talents, and time to better the lives of others by impacting our local and global community. By advancing our gifts, talents and resources, we are committed to serve you and to positively impact the quality of life in our neighborhoods. The entire staff at MVPD thanks you for caring and making Mount Vernon a safer community to live, work, learn, and play.

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day! Every January 9th, is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. We encourage the public to take a moment of out their busy day to show appreciation to an officer for their incredible work, courage, and self-sacrifice. Every day, those wearing the badge on their chest put their lives on the line to keep you safe. Every time an officer, deputy or trooper starts their shift, they have no idea of the danger awaiting them. Unfortunately, this was witnessed Sunday evening when Pierce County Sheriff Deputy Daniel McCartney was killed in the line of duty while responding to a home invasion call. Just another example of officers who run (or drive) towards danger when all our instincts tell us to run away. There is no other profession, except the military, where you will find this. A simple “thank you” can go a long way to show your appreciation for their personal sacrifices for you! Also, please continue to keep Deputy McCartney's family in your thoughts and prayers. Daniel - rest in peace, gone but not forgotten! . Thank you! Chief Jerry Dodd

The entire Mount Vernon Department is deeply saddened and heartbroken to learn of fallen Pierce County Sheriff Deputy Daniel McCartney. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and coworkers. Words cannot covey the loss and pain the family and coworkers are going through. We send our condolences to the family, friend, coworkers, and the entire Pierce County community. We thank Deputy McCartney for his dedicated and loyal service to Pierce County. His ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten. May you rest in peace for your mission is completed. We salute YOU!

The Mount Vernon Police Department wishes everyone a safe and happy New Year's celebration. We are so thankful for having such a strong relationship with our community and able to work together to improve the overall quality of life in our individual neighborhoods. Now, go celebrate safely and enjoy, because we are looking forward to many great things in 2018! Again, thank you MV community, you’re the best!!!

We have had several recent reports of mail theft from mailboxes around the city. Below are some steps you can take to prevent this from happening to you. Pick up mail everyday Never place outgoing mail in your mailbox with red flag raised Invest in a locking mailbox Join a neighborhood Block Watch Watch for suspicious persons/vehicles around mailboxes Call 911 if something appears suspicious

Happy Holidays!!! From all of us at the Mount Vernon Police Department wishing you, your friends and loved ones a safe, peaceful Happy Holiday season! And, may next year be filled with health, love, happiness and joy! We are proud to serve our community and sincerely appreciate your continued support! Thank you for being involved with keeping your neighborhood safe. We couldn’t do it without you. We look forward to another great hear in 2018! From Our Home to Yours…Merry-Merry Christmas and Happy- Happy Holidays!!!

As the Police Chief of MVPD, I would like to publicly thank ALL the men and women of MVPD for their dedicated service and sacrifices they make for the Department and our community every day. They must witness the world’s daily struggles as part of their daily routine and are always easy targets for criticism. Our entire staff is motivated by their unending desire to do the right thing at the right time for the right reasons. They don’t seek fame or fortune. They simply do an incredibly difficult job with a deeply held sense of honor, duty, and valor. Every day when officers put on their uniform and badge, they know there's a chance they might not come home that night. They run (or drive) towards danger when all our instincts tell us to run away. Most citizenry could not do the job they are asked to do. They truly are hometown Hero’s! And, I want to thank the families for sharing their loved ones and for the sacrifices they make too. Mount Vernon is a better and safer place to live, work, learn, and play because of their dedicated service, commitment, and personal sacrifices. Over the past 38 years I’ve been truly blessed and honored to serve next to them. Peace and good journey to ALL the men and women in law enforcement, and to YOU our FB fans - Merry-Merry Christmas!!! Be strong, be safe and stay alive, and may God watch over each and every one of you ALWAYS! Chief Jerry Dodd

*** Project Blue Light *** If you see a single blue light or candle in a window this holiday season it is in honor of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty (122 so far this year) and a prayer that officers will arrive home safe to their families at the end of their shift. Maybe change our candle light bulbs to blue for this cause? The color blue is symbolic of peace. And, by displaying blue lights in your holiday decorations, you will be sending a message - that you support America's peacekeepers and that you hope the coming year will be a year of peace. Let your blue lights shine for law enforcement during the holidays! Thank you for supporting the men and women who dedicate themselves to serve you every day of the year. Happy and Safe Holidays from the entire staff at the Mount Vernon Police Department (WA).

Our thoughts and prayers are with those involved and their families in the Amtrak derailment near DuPont and I-5 this morning.

HOMICIDE UPDATE: At approximately 1:30am, on Monday, December 18, 2017, investigative information led to a residence in the 3300 block of Northwest Avenue, Bellingham, WA. Officers from the Bellingham Police Department assisted investigators in locating and arresting a 20-year old Bellingham man. A search warrant was served at the address on Northwest Avenue, and evidence was collected. The suspect has since been transported to Mount Vernon and booked into the Skagit County Community Justice Center for Investigation of Murder Second Degree and Robbery First Degree. The crime scene on E. College Way remains closed. We hope to release the scene later today, once the Washington State Patrol Crime Scene Response Team finishes processing. The victim’s identity is being withheld pending confirmation and notification of family, by the Skagit County Coroner’s office. The investigation is continuing.

On Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 6:08pm, Mount Vernon Police were called to the 2100 Block of E. College Way to the report of a gunshot victim. On arrival they located a deceased male inside the business complex on the north side of the building. A K9 track was attempted, however no suspects were located. After speaking with citizens in the area and patrons of the surrounding businesses, investigators received limited information related to the incident. Detectives are following up on some of the tips received. The incident appears to be isolated, creating no on-going threat to the greater community. We are asking anyone with information to contact us at 360-428-3211 (24 hours).