Police Department


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.

Our Core Values that help support this mission 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.


Our normal hours are M-F, 8:00AM to 5:00PM.

To Report a Crime

• Emergency - call 911 or push the 911 button on the wall next to the front doors.

• Non-emergency call 425-407-3999

Front Desk Clerks (M-F, 8:00AM to 5:00PM)

• Call 425-670-5600 or push the JAIL button on the wall next to the front door and ask to be transferred to the front desk.

About Us 

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.

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The Lynnwood Police Department is committed to effective and inclusive community outreach and engagement. Learn more about the ways your police department engages with the Lynnwood community!

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To our Community:

It is my honor to issue this message as Chief of Police for the City of Lynnwood.  I have had the great fortune of being a member of the Lynnwood Police Department since 1993, when I was hired at the age of 24 as a Patrol Officer.  I have watched Lynnwood change and grow during that time and consider myself very lucky to work in such a vibrant and engaged community.

I have served as a deputy chief for the past four years working for the now retired Chief Tom Davis.  Chief Davis worked tirelessly to enhance our police department’s community connections and outreach, and it is my intention to continue these meaningful efforts.  I firmly believe that for those who work, live, and play in Lynnwood – this is your police department, and one of my main objectives is to continue to find meaningful ways for our department employees to engage and collaborate with you - our community.  I am committed to identifying and finding solutions to communication gaps and other barriers in order to achieve our goal of being a safe and welcoming Lynnwood community for all. 

It is my belief that being a community-focused police department also means keeping our community members, businesses and visitors safe from anyone who wishes to do harm.  I expect all members of the Lynnwood Police Department to always strive to provide excellent customer service and proactively ensure a safe environment for all members of our community.  It is my expectation that we will be vigilant in our public safety duties and serve with compassion and empathy. 

I am also committed to providing a positive and supportive work environment for the members of the Lynnwood Police Department.  I will continue to emphasize servant leadership, with the goal of putting our officers in the best position to serve you.  I intend to increase our focus on officer wellness and mindfulness, with an emphasis on the mental and physical health for all our employees. These efforts will allow us to do our best work for our Lynnwood community. 

I welcome you to learn more about your Lynnwood Police Department as you browse through the pages of this website.  Our 2019-2023 Strategic Plan and our 2020 Annual Report are both linked in the “About Us” section of the website.  Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the most current and up-to-date information about your police department.



Chief James Nelson


How Do I Get...

The Support Services Division of the Lynnwood Police Department offers services and incident/case report information to members of the community. The following are some of the most asked questions.

If you have a question that is not answered here, please Contact us here.

A copy of a police report or accident report?

  • Copies of Lynnwood Police accident reports are available to involved parties. You can request your report on line at Docview.us.com.    
  • Washington State Accident Report forms are available from any police Department or you may obtain one from the Washington State Patrol website: https://www.wsp.wa.gov/driver/collision-records/ The forms are also available at the front counter of the Lynnwood Police Department.
  • Copies of police reports can be made via our online portal.

My police record?            

  • You can obtain a complete copy of your conviction history by contacting the Washington State Patrol at  360 705-5100  or via WSP WATCH (Washington Access to Criminal History). The Lynnwood Police Department can provide you with copies of incidents that you were involved in which occurred within our city limits. Depending upon the circumstances, you may be entitled to the entire report, or simply a portion thereof. You are required to sign for your report, and therefore must pick it up in person. Visit the Contacts & Services page for station location and hour of operation.

My fingerprints taken?

  • Until further notice, we are suspending ALL public fingerprinting services. This section will be updated once services are resumed. We apologize for any inconvenience during this suspension.

A Concealed Pistol License (CPL)?

You must be a resident of the City of Lynnwood to obtain a Concealed Pistol License (CPL). The address used for your application must match the address on your drivers license. Please go to our CPL portal to begin the application process and verify you live within the city limits.

        For a NEW CPL application:

  • The cost of an initial CPL is $52.50. The permit is valid for five years. You may obtain an application and be fingerprinted on Wednesday or Saturday (see hours above).   Visit the Contacts & Services page for station location information.

        For RENEWAL of a CPL:

  • You may renew a CPL up to 90 days before its expiration or up to 90 days after the expiration (with a $10.00 late fee). If you are unable to renew your CPL within these time limits, you will need to start over with an initial CPL application. The cost of renewing a CPL is $32.00.

        For REPLACEMENT of a CPL:

  • If you lose your CPL, you may obtain a replacement for $10.00. We can only issue a replacement for a CPL originally obtained through Lynnwood Police Department.


Washington State accident report?

  • You are required to complete a Washington State Accident report if there was NO police report taken, the damage from the accident exceeds $1,000 and/or there were injuries.
  • Washington State Accident Report forms are available from any police Department. You can pick one up anytime at the Lynnwood Police Department.

Information on how to report collisions?

  • Washington State Law requires that all collisions involving injury, death or property damage in excess of $1,000 be reported within ten (10) days to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • In most cases law enforcement responds to these collisions and a police report/collision report has been completed and is forwarded to the Washington State Patrol and Department of Motor Vehicles. If this is the case you do not need to complete the self-reporting forms.

A pet license?

Any pet (cat or dog) over the age of 6 months is required to have a valid city animal license. Animal licenses are $40 for each animal and are valid for one year from the date of purchase. If your pet has been either spayed or neutered the annual license fee is reduced to $20. Your pet will qualify for a discounted $10 annual license if it is spayed or neutered and you show proof of it being micro-chipped. 

Bail posted?

Bail can be posted in the following forms (with proper identification):

  • Bail bond from court approved bonding company (current list of approved bonding companies is available at the front counter of Lynnwood Police Department)
  • Cashier's check made out to the City of Lynnwood
  • Money order made out to the City of Lynnwood
  • We strongly recommend that you call 425 670-5648 to inquire as to what the charges are, the exact dollar amount and whether the bail is bondable or cash only.