City of Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, Washington, Whidbey Island's Premier Waterfront Community

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865 SE Barrington Drive
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Phone: 360-279-4500
Fax: 360-279-4507

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Department Structure


Department Structure

The Oak Harbor Police Department consists of three Divisions: Administration Division, the Operations Division and the Patrol Division.

Administration Division

There are 4 personnel in the Administration Division:
  • Chief of Police
  • 2 Captains
  • Administrative Assistant

Operations Division

The Special Operations Division – supervised by the Captain - consists of 20 personnel: 
Support Services Division
  • 1 Support Services Supervisor
  • 3 Records Information Specialists
Investigations Division
  • 1 Detective Sergeant
  • 3 Detectives
Jail Division
  • 1 Jail Sergeant (Non-Commissioned)
  • 6 Corrections Officers


Community Services Division

  • 1 School Resource Officer (SRO)
  • 1 Special Services Officer (SSO)
  • 1 Animal Control Officer (ACO)
Support Services Division: This division is comprised of the Records Division, Police Reception and the Property / Evidence Division, and supe­r­vised by the Records and Evidence Supervisor. Records and Reception are responsible for the quality and integrity of data entry and submission of NIBRS reports to the State and FBI, file preparation, integ­rity, dissemination to other agencies and the public, and the retention and destruction of records in accor­dance with State Retention Schedules. The Recep­tionist answers all incoming calls and greets the public, as well as completing data entry of tickets and accidents and issuance of firearms licenses. The Property / Evidence component is respon­sible for the intake, integrity and disposition of items taken for evidence, found property, and safekeeping.
Investigations Division: Comprised of five full-time positions, the Division is supervised by a Detective Sergeant and consists of three Detectives and one Drug Enforcement Officer. The Detective Sergeant is responsible for overseeing all criminal investigations and assigning to the individual detec­tives all felonies and other criminal cases that require additional follow-up investigation. The Drug Enforcement Officer is responsible for investigating and managing all drug and narcotics investigations conducted by the Department, and liaising with all other law enforcement agencies concerning drug investigations.
Jail Division:   Comprised of one Jail Sergeant (Non-Commissioned) and six full-time Corrections Officer positions, the Jail Division is tasked with the care and custody, on a 24-hour, 365-day basis, of all persons detained in the City Jail - whether they have been sentenced to time served or to electronic home detention - as well as those individuals who are in custody pending a trial date. Corrections Officers are also responsible for the transportation requirements of the inmates to and from other jail facilities and work closely with their counterparts in those facilities, the Island County Jail in particular. The Oak Harbor Jail is designated as a 30-day detention facility and has a maximum capacity of 15 detainees, (25 percent over bed capacity as provided by state requirements). The Jail operates at or near capacity on a regular basis.
Community Service Team:  The Team consists of the following positions:

School Resource Officer:  This officer is assigned full-time to the Oak Harbor schools - primarily to the Oak Harbor High School - and is the primary responder to calls for service originating from the High School or surrounding neighborhoods, if believed to be high-school related.  The officer is also a readily available contact for school staff and students regarding personal and property safety, or any law enforcement question that may arise.
Special Services Officer: This position designates an officer who performs a variety of police-related service duties.

Patrol Division

The Patrol component – under the supervision of the Captain - consists of a total of 15 positions:
Patrol Division:
  • 4 Patrol Sergeants
  • 12 Patrol Officers


Patrol Division: The largest individual compo­nent within the Department, the four Patrol Squads are composed of sixteen full-time positions - four Patrol Sergeants and twelve Patrol Officers. Each Sergeant su­per­vises a team of three officers. Their respon­sibilities include responding to primary (emergency) and secon­dary (routine) calls for service, investigating reports of criminal activity, enforcing traffic laws and fulfilling their community caretaking responsibilities by assisting the public, as best they can, by responding to requests for assistance in matters such as public speaking and educational events, stranded motorists, answering ques­tions about the legal system and many other examples too numerous to detail.


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