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The mission of the Lynnwood Police Department is to provide proactive, competent, effective public safety services to all persons, with the highest regard for human dignity through efficient and professional law enforcement and crime prevention practices.

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Chief Cole Langdon

To our Community: 

It’s my honor and privilege, to serve this wonderful community, walking alongside a group of professionals dedicated to a life of public service. I’ve been a part of this great department for almost 30 years. I started my journey with Lynnwood as a police cadet in the summer of 1996 and at twenty and a half years of age, was hired as a police officer and sent to the academy. After graduating from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy, I worked as a patrol officer for several years before transferring into my first specialty assignment, that of traffic motorcycle officer. I held various other specialty roles in the department before assuming more formal leadership roles as a sergeant, commander, and deputy chief before finally assuming the role of chief.   

This is your police department and we are here to serve and provide you with excellent service. You are our “why.” You are the reason we’re out here doing this amazing job. One of my main objectives is to continue making this community a fun, safe and welcoming place for all and I believe we can make that happen by engaging and collaborating with our amazing community members. 

The foundation of our commitment to excellence begins with the hiring and developing of great people. We strive to do things right. We foster our folks by providing a positive and supportive work environment with plenty of opportunities for growth. These efforts allow us to do our best work for you, our community. I expect all members of the department to provide excellent customer service and proactively work to create a safe environment for all residents of our community, as well as those who come to our city to visit, shop, or play. It is my expectation, we do our work with integrity, compassion, and empathy.  

I am humbled to be afforded the opportunity to serve in this role as your Chief of Police and look forward to continuing to try to make things better, help people, and build a stronger community.

The Lynnwood Police Department is dedicated to enhancing public safety and reducing the fear and the incidence of crime. But there are many things every community member can do to reduce the chances of becoming a victim. Additionally, we are committed to help victims to navigate the criminal justice system.

The City was incorporated in 1959 and the first police chief's duties included everything from nabbing speeders and impounding stray dogs to chasing robbers and investigating fraud.

Today the Department has over 100 employees and is a full service law enforcement agency.  The various divisions, sections and units are described elsewhere on our website. 

Our Core Values are:

Committed to professional development while providing ethical, proficient, and respectful service.

Keeping the community safe through proactive and tenacious pursuit of violators of the law.

Cultivating positive interactions by fostering trust; and partnering with our community to create a high quality of life.

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