City of The Dalles, OR


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The City Police Department has a number of  programs.  These programs are listed below with more information on each.


Animal Control

The City of The Dalles has one 3/4 time Animal Control Officer.

The Animal Control Officer maintains public safety within the City of The Dalles by enforcing animal licensing laws and humane care regulations while on patrol.  The Animal Control Officer is responsible for capturing and impounding dangerous or stray animals, investigates cases of animal cruelty, enforcing licensing laws, providing testimony in court cases, rescuing trapped animals, writing incident reports, and providing humane care to animals under the Animal Control Officers supervision.

You can reach the Animal Control officer  via email

Bicycle Registration
Codes Enforcement

The City has one part-time and one full time code enforcement officers. The full time position involves general community enforcement activities, including nuisance abatement and control of hazardous vegetation.

The part time position works on planning and zoning ordinances enforcement issues, including such matters as signs, setbacks, sidewalks, and compliance with conditions of land use approval.

Nikki Lesich, Code Enforcement Officer     

Joshua Chandler, Planning Codes Enforcement 
Enforces code compliance as per City Code

Citizen Complaint Form

Animal Permit Application

Crime Prevention

Patch for Web SiteThe Crime Prevention Unit is a community assistance program that utilizes citizen volunteers and Police Department resources.  The Neighborhood Watch Program, which is an integral part of the program, has become a very good program under the direction of citizen volunteers at the direction of Robert and Linda Hoffman.  They are producing a newsletter and a very good program.

The Crime Prevention Program is designed to assist citizens and business owners with a variety of activities such as the Block Home Program, Neighborhood Watch, Senior Citizen Safety, Women's Self Defense, Anti-Shoplifting, Home/Business Security Surveys, Baby Sitting Classes, and a variety of other assistance programs.

The program is funded through donations with a minimum of other funding coming from the Police Department budget.
The Officer in The School Program also uses a large amount of the resources for this program.

Neighborhood Enforcement Action Team (NEAT)

Patch for Web SiteNeighborhood Enforcement Action Team (NEAT)

  • The mission of NEAT is to take a proactive approach to suppress criminal activity that pose specific and significant threats to the public’s ability to live safely, move freely, and conduct business.
  • This position allows officers to commit undivided attention to solving annoyance crimes, livability issues, as well as assisting with investigations on an “as needed” basis. The NEAT Officer will be a liaison between citizens and police services.
  • It is the goal of NEAT to make committing crimes within the City Of The Dalles difficult, thereby reducing the crime and improving the quality of life.
  • The Target activities include, but not limited to, coordination of neighborhood saturation patrols, partnerships with property managers, The Dalles Code Enforcement, The Dalles Public Works and Center for Living.

Locating wanted fugitives, locating criminal witnesses and suspects, handle citizen complaints regarding area “hotspots”, and make proactive contacts with potential suspects and sex offenders. 

Police Reserves

Patch for Web SiteThe Police Reserve Program provides the opportunity for adults above the age of 21 to serve their community by assisting the Police Department with some of its duties.  The Reserve Officer is unpaid and the program is funded from the police budget and both the department and the individual member furnish the required equipment.

The Reserve Officer, when joining the program, is required to attend a “Reserve Academy” which is put on by the police department and the Columbia Gorge Community College.  This Academy teaches police related subjects as well as in the field exercises such as firearms, traffic stops, searches and a host of other subjects.

The Dalles Police Reserve Entrance Process

The Dalles Police Reserve Unit is a volunteer group made up of members of our community.  They assist the police department in areas such as traffic control for parades, crime scene security and routine patrol among other duties.  Reserve officers will be issued uniforms and given training on the many aspects of law enforcement to help them in their duties.  Reserve officers ride with regular officers on patrol and may be involved in the same activities that regular police officers get involved in during normal routine patrol.  Senior Reserve officers may be allowed to ride as a double Reserve car with another senior Reserve.

To become a Police Reserve all applicants must be at least 21 years of age, a US citizen, possess a valid Oregon drivers license, live within 45 minutes of The Dalles, have a high school diploma or GED, have no felony or serious misdemeanor convictions and be employed in an occupation that does not result in a conflict of interest with the department as determined by the Chief of Police.  Applicants must also complete the entrance process listed below.

The entrance process for Reserve officer consists of a written test, an oral board and an in depth background check.  A minimum score of 80% is required on the written test and oral board.  The background check is a pass/no pass.  Applicants will be notified of results after each step.  After successful completion of these steps, applicants will be scheduled for an interview with the Chief of Police and a drug screening.  This again is a pass/no pass.  Applicants who fail the drug screening will be eliminated from consideration.

All applicants will be notified by mail of dates and times for each step.  Applicants should include a current address where the applicant will receive mail.  If you have any questions regarding the Reserve program or questions about the background check, you can contact Sgt. Kramer at 296-2613.

RV Parking Permit Application
Take Me Home Project Registration
Tip 411 Submit

Patch for Web SiteSubmit an anonymous tip to the The Dalles Police using the tip411 alert system.

Please note: This program is NOT a substitute for calling 911. If you have an emergency call 911. The tip411 system is NOT monitored 24/7.


Alert the The Dalles Police Department about crimes, suspicious activity or ongoing traffic issues in your neighborhood by sending an anonymous message.

This service allows The Dalles Police officers to respond back to residents through an anonymous two-way conversation.

The tip411 system removes all identifying information before police see it and there is no way to identify the sender.

Anyone with a cell phone may send an anonymous tip to the The Dalles Police Department.

There are three ways to send a tip:

  • Option 1: Text Message

Open a text message and enter 847411 (tip411) in the “To” field. In the body of the text, enter TDPD, type a space and then add your tip.

  • Option 2: Download The Dalles Police Department app in the iTunes Store and Google Play Store

iTunes Download 

Google Play Download

  • Option 3: Submit a Web-Based Tip

This is NOT a substitute for calling 911. Please call 911 for all emergencies.

Online Tip Form

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