About Your Police Department

Mission Statement

With our values of Integrity, Teamwork and Excellence as our guide, we are dedicated to:

  • Safeguarding and protecting those who live, work, visit and commute in La Center, by providing a professional, proactive level of law enforcement service.
  • Upholding the highest standard of performance, behavior and ethics through our conduct, appearance and demeanor.
  • Seeking effective solutions to issues through a partnership with the community.
  • Accepting future challenges by learning and developing new skills and techniques to provide the highest quality of service.
To those we serve.

Our Values


    We will exhibit an unwavering commitment to Honesty, Accountability, Trust, Loyalty and Ethical Behavior.


    We will work together, displaying and promoting the characteristics of Respect, Communication, Cooperation, Reliability, Openness and Flexibility to more effectively accomplish our mission.


    We will provide the highest levels of Professionalism, Dedication, Responsiveness and Impartiality in the performance of our duties, with the attitude that all tasks will receive our best effort.


  • The town of La Center was established in 1874.
  • In 1889 a Territorial Judge ruled over the area.
  • On September 2, 1909 W.P. Wampler was appointed the first Marshal. On that same date, the committee who appointed Wampler discussed selecting a site for a jail.
  • December 1909 Joseph Brothers was Judge.
  • In 1913 A.J. Culbertson was Justice of the Peace.
  • In 1914 E.L. Hughes was Police Judge.
  • In 1919 H.E. Basham kept the peace.
  • In 1924 George Haskins, who owned the local Garage, was appointed Marshal.
  • In 1925, E.L. Mitchell was Police Judge.
  • In September 1925 G.M. Zeider was Police Judge.
  • In 1925 W.H. McCann was Police Judge.
  • In 1929 W.M. McCann was Justice of the Peace.
  • In 1932 W.M. McCann was Police Judge.
  • For 9 years in the 1960's, John Gary served as Municipal Judge.
  • On October 31, 1971, Paul Jackson became La Center's Marshal, and served until 1981.
  • Lori Benfit-Neff was hired in 1979 as a police officer. She eventually became La Center's Town Marshal.
  • In 1986 Tim Hopkin was hired as a police officer, who became Police Chief in 1996 and served until 2012.
  • In 2013 Marc Denney was hired as Police Chief.

Message from Chief Denney

On behalf of the La Center Police Department, I would like to welcome you to our website. I am proud to serve as the Chief of Police and consider it a privilege to work with the dedicated men and women who "protect and serve" the City of La Center. The La Center Police Department is committed to integrity, teamwork and excellence as our values. Working in partnership with the citizens, City staff and business owners we pledge to be responsive to the needs of the community and build lasting relationships with all of our partners in preserving the foundation of what policing is about "serving and protecting".

The La Center Police Department strives to make the City of La Center safe for all residents and visitors. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at (360) 263-2745. We are always open to comments and welcome suggestions on how to strengthen our relationship with the community. We want the City of La Center to continue to be the best City in Washington.

Thank you for visiting the La Center Police Department website. We hope you find this information helpful. If you would like to see other information added to this site please contact the Police Department and a representative of the department will be happy to help you promptly. I encourage you to explore our website and to take the time to get to know us and how you can contribute to a safer La Center community.

Meet our Team

Chief Marc Denney
Sgt. Chris Olsen
Sgt. Robert Scott
Police Officer Sheridan Crutcher
Police Officer Alec Langlois
Police Officer Greg McDonald
Police Officer Glenn Pavelko
Police Officer Roger Sauve
Executive Assistant Dani Bowerman