The Vancouver Police Department is a professional, progressive and innovative law enforcement agency. The department partners with the community to preserve life, protect property and enhance livability through equitable law enforcement and effective use of resources. The department is currently authorized for 242 sworn staff and 62 civilian staff.

Specialty units include:

  • SWAT

  • Traffic

  • Investigations

  • Crisis Negotiation

  • UAS

  • K-9
  • Neighborhood Police Officers

The Patrol schedule allows generous days off which equates to working approximately 17 days a month.

  • Officers work 10 ½ hour shifts on a 5/4, 5/4, 5/5 schedule (on/off).
  • Most specialty assignments enjoy a 4-10 schedule with weekends off.

  • Overtime is available but rarely mandated.

  • The position of Police Officer is covered by an agreement between the City and the Vancouver Police Officers’ Guild. Regular employees in this position are required to pay union dues.