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Welcome to the website of the Ferndale Police Department

As many of you know, our beloved chief, Michael F. Knapp, has retired as of the end of 2016.

In his 11 years with the City of Ferndale, Chief Knapp did much to improve our department and the lives of all who have been fortunate enough to know him. From the most obvious improvement - our beautiful new facility which many have noted is the finest in the state - to improved department morale and community pride in our agency, to the many unseen acts of kindness he performs daily for the less fortunate in our community, Chief Knapp's genuine concern for people and code of service to others have been a driving factor. May each of us continue his legacy of excellence and service to our community. Chief, thank you for all you have done, you will be greatly missed.

The City has selected a new police chief, Kevin Turner, current Chief of Police for Grantsville, Utah, who is due to start early Feburary 2017. He was an outstanding candidate drawn from a field of many qualified individuals, and we look forward to getting to know him!

Please spend some time exploring our website and its many informative and useful features, including tips on preparing your home and family to survive a natural disaster or other emergency. You may also use this website to find out about police activity in your neighborhood or download forms for a Concealed Pistol License or security check of your home or business while you are out of town. Feel free to contact us if we can assist you in any of these areas.

If you need a Ferndale police officer for any reason, call 9-1-1. Yes, we know this goes against everything you've been taught, but in Whatcom County our dispatch center has asked that we do it this way. They just request that you let the call receiver know right away if your call is a non-emergency or emergency call, so that they can prioritize their calls.


 It is our mission to protect life and property and to provide extraordinary public service to our growing residential, business and industrial population. All of our employees work hard each day to accomplish our mission. The Police Department works closely and collaboratively with our community in maintaining the high quality of life enjoyed by the residents of one of Washington’s most attractive rural cities.

Messages left at our office number are only received during regular business hours.
If you need an officer for any reason at any time, dial 9-1-1.

If calling from outside Whatcom County,
dial 360-676-6911 to reach our dispatch center.

Ferndale Police Department
2220 Main Street
P.O. Box 1257
Ferndale, WA 98248
Office Phone 360-384-3390
Fax 360-384-3345
Office Hours 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Click here for a list of new voice mail extensions
and to access our staff members' bios.

If you need an officer, dial 9-1-1 for both
routine and emergency situations!

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