Tumwater Detective Division
Help keep Tumwater safe!
Citizens with information about crimes
that have been or are going to be committed
are requested to report them.
Call 9-1-1 (if emergent)
(360) 704-2740 - dispatch non-emergency
(360) 754-4200 - Tumwater Police or
Crimestoppers at 1 (800) 222-TIPS.
The Detective Division investigates all major crimes. Unlike other police departments where detectives handle specific crimes, our investigators handle a wide array of cases. Once the patrol personnel take the initial report, the Detective Lieutenant reviews the reports and assigns them to the Investigative unit that consists of three detectives and two school resource officers.
Investigators within the unit have advanced training in all areas of criminal investigations. The division handles evidence, sex crimes, forensics, surveillance, and crime scene processing. In addition, each investigator manages a specific area of expertise. These include major injury/fatality collisions, crimes against children, narcotics, financial crimes, employment background investigations, missing persons, pawn shops, and evidence room management.
Each investigator has been selected after years of experience on patrol and through testing within the department.
The Tumwater Police Department provides one full-time detective to the Thurston County Narcotics Task Force to assist with undercover and extensive narcotics related cases.
The School Resource Officers (SRO) provide school-based policing within the Tumwater School District sites, with primary responsibility to Black Hills High School (BHHS), Tumwater High School (THS), Tumwater Middle School (TMS), and Bush Middle School (BMS). The Tumwater Police Department and the Tumwater School District work collaboratively to provide a safe learning environment in our district’s schools.
Tumwater Police Facebook
Tumwater Detectives use Facebook as a tool in solving and preventing crime. Police enlist the community to identify unknown suspects from surveillance videos and photos. Citizens can help crack cases and find safety tips too. From the very first post, Facebook has helped Tumwater Police track down criminals and collect evidence so cases can be prosecuted successfully. Must be 18 years or older to participate.