The Ridgefield Police Department currently provides 24 hour, 7 day a week, 365 day coverage through its budgeted staff of seven police officers and the chief of police. Calls for emergency service are dispatched to officers in the field by the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) over an 800 MHZ radio system. The city contracts for jail services with the Clark County Sheriff's Office and for municipal court services through an inter-local agreement with the Battle Ground Municipal Court. This saves valuable tax dollars by sharing a judge and a city prosecutor between our department and the La Center and Battle Ground Police Departments. Traffic safety is an important goal to keep our citizens safe while driving on the public roadways and is aggressively enforced. The department is fortunate to experience a good working relationship with residents and the local business community, and continues to further strengthen those relationships through the implementation of neighborhood programs and community partnerships.
Police officers in the State of Washington have general criminal authority but only very limited civil authority. Criminal issues are those that involve actions or omissions that have been defined as criminal behavior by law and may be punished by fine or imprisonment (there are a few exceptions that are punishable by fine only). Civil issues are those that involve private arrangements between citizens. Common examples of civil issues are landlord-tenant disputes and personal property disputes between spouses or roommates, or failure of fulfillment of private contract obligations such as a vehicle sale or repair/installation of home products.