Community Services

The La Center Police Department is committed to integrity, teamwork and excellence as our values. The following community services reinforce our partnership with the citizens and business owners to preserve our community.

Neighborhood Watch

Get involved in making your community a better place to live. The crime rate in La Center is low, and most folks feel their City is safe. Let's be pro-active and keep it that way for the future! Start a Neighborhood Watch Program today. Call us at 360-263-2745 for information.

Free Gun Locks

The La Center Police Department, through a partnership with Project Child Safe, is distributing free gunlocks and safety pamphlets at the La Center Police Station. The gunlocks, which are cable style, require that most firearms be unloaded beforehand, insuring safety. There is a firearm safety pamphlet included with the gunlocks that explains the importance of safe handling and secure firearm storage. This program reminds gun owners to properly store firearms in the home and make certain that firearms are not casually accessible to anyone - especially a child. Firearm owners who request free gunlocks will receive them, no questions asked. You can receive as many free gunlocks as you need by coming down to the La Center Police Station.

Note: Project Child Safe is a nationwide program developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, whose purpose is to promote safe firearms handling and storage practices. For more information on the program you can visit their website at:

Cell Phone Donation

You may drop off old cell phones with chargers at the La Center Police Department. Make sure all personal info and contacts have been erased. We are a collection site for a local agency that uses them as 911 phones for those in danger.


The La Center Police Department does fingerprinting by appointment only. To make an appointment, call 360-263-2745. You will need photo id (usually a valid driver's license) and fingerprint cards. If you were born outside the United States, you will also need to bring citizenship papers at time of appointment. If you are not a citizen of the United States, you will need to bring your green card, visa, and INS card, at time of appointment.

Appointments will be scheduled:

  • Tuesdays between 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm
  • Thursdays between 9:00 am and 11:30 am

Fee $10.00 per card, cash only, exact change

Police Station Tours

Do you have a group who would like to tour our station? By appointment, we will arrange for small to medium-size groups to take a 10-20 minute tour of our facility. Please give us a call at 360-263-2745 to schedule a time to visit.

“MeetUp” Spot for Internet Exchange Purchases

La Center Police Department has a safe "MeetUp" Spot. You can now exchange internet purchases at the La Center Police Department “Meetup Spot”. Citizens purchasing items on Craigslist, OfferUp and other online exchange sites have a reason to feel safer in La Center, your local police department has established a safe-exchange spot where online buyers can meet to purchase items like furniture, cars and whatever else you can legally buy on the internet.

The La Center Police department created a “MeetUp Spot” outside of its police department in the front parking lot, which is under 24-hour video surveillance. As internet meet-up crimes are a continuous concern nationally, "exchange zones" offer citizens a safe alternative from the obvious risks of meeting a stranger for an online sale. The “MeetUp” spot is also available for child custody exchanges.