The La Grande Police Department provides the highest level of professional and comprehensive law enforcement and emergency dispatch services to the La Grande community, with the primary goal of protecting life and property. We are the primary law enforcement provider to Eastern Oregon University, which has a daily service population of approximately 1,900 people. We provide 24/7 patrol coverage and comprehensive investigation services.
Our department is comprised of two divisions: Operations and Communications. The Operations Division includes the Patrol Section, Investigations Section, and Code/Parking Enforcement. The Communications Division includes 9-1-1 Dispatch, Records, and Reception. Our 9-1-1 Dispatch Center is the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for all of Union County, and dispatches both emergency and non-emergency calls for service for the La Grande Police Department and the Union County Sheriff's Office, as well as providing emergency dispatch services for a total of 22 law enforcement, fire and EMS agencies throughout the county.
The La Grande Police Department participates in specialized programs that consist of members of other Union County law enforcement agencies to include the Major Crime Team and the Northeast Oregon Regional SWAT (NEOSWAT) team.
The La Grande Police Department reserve program consists of citizen volunteers who receive law enforcement training and have sworn arrest authority. They assist regular officers in a variety of duties. We truly appreciate the dedication and commitment that our Reserves contribute to the department.
The Citizen Volunteer Program augments the services of the La Grande Police Department. Citizen Volunteers can take on many roles within the department, and their services also benefit the community. Some of the potential roles of a Citizen Volunteer include assisting in the office, citizen patrols at community functions, surveillance, assistance at crime scenes, and education and awareness.