Having successfully completed five consecutive accreditation processes, the Anacortes Police Department's use-of-force standards and policies exceed state requirements and are aligned with industry best practices.
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A civil standby is completed when a person who is the respondent in a no-contact order wishes to remove basic items from a residence where he or she is not permitted to be by a court order. To arrange for a civil standby, please call our dispatch center at 360-428-3211. An Officer will be dispatched to assist and will contact both parties to set up a mutually agreeable time for the standby to occur. At the designated time, the Officer will remain at the residence while the respondent removes basic items. If you are the respondent in a no-contact order, do not contact the petitioner to set up a civil standby yourself; you may be subject to criminal charges for violating the order.
The Anacortes Police Department cannot assist with Landlord-Tenant Act issues, to include a person not paying rent, a person failing to leave a rental property they have been living in after the lease has expired, and a person refusing to allow their landlord into a rented residence. Additionally, the Anacortes Police Department does not serve Landlord-Tenant Act related paperwork, such as eviction notices. Read more information regarding the Landlord-Tenant Act. The Skagit County Sheriff (SCSO) is responsible for civil Landlord-Tenant Act issues, to include evictions; you may view contact information for the SCSO Civil Division on their website.
Parenting plan violations are civil in nature and the Anacortes Police Department typically does not enforce violations of them. You may wish to speak to your attorney about parenting plan violations that occur. If you believe that your child is in danger, however, please contact us by dialing 911. For more information, please contact the Police Department at 360-428-3211.
If you have been the victim of a telephone scam and did not provide any personal information or money to the caller, you may contact your phone company to have the offending phone number blocked. You may also report the incident to federal authorities by Filing a Complaint with the IC3. If you have provided personal information or money to the phone scammer, please contact our dispatch center at 360-428-3211, and an Officer will contact you about the issue.
Police Officers do not issue no-contact orders; Judges do. You must go to the Skagit County District Court and complete a petition for an order. Court appearances will follow after the petition is submitted and before a no-contact order is issued. Contact information for that court is:
600 S 3rd Street
Mount Vernon, WA
Many people are hesitant to call the police because they feel that their complaint may not be important enough. If you elect to contact the police about a matter, it is best to do so as soon as possible so an Officer may be dispatched to investigate the issue. Often times, when a person delays calling the police, evidence is no longer available at the crime scene or the suspects or suspicious persons are long gone and unable to be contacted by the police. If in doubt, call the police immediately. It is our job to respond to calls. For emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 360-428-3211.
The City of Anacortes continuously recruits for Police Officers with the assistance of Public Safety Testing. Please view the Public Safety Testing website for additional information or call 866-447-3911.