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In response to the phone calls and emails we've been receiving about the upcoming Donkey Basketball event at Ferndale High School, the official perspective of the City of Ferndale is “The City of Ferndale acknowledges the long tradition of Donkey Basketball here in Ferndale, however like many long practiced traditions, it deserves a fresh look and reevaluation. We all want to ensure the safety and health of citizens and animals in Ferndale, however this is a decision of our school board and the Future Farmers of America.”
Please direct any further comments or suggestions to the City's Communications and Special Projects Officer Riley Sweeney at (360) 685-2353 or

Welcome to the website of the Ferndale Police Department

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.

Michael F. Knapp, Chief of Police

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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