Your first contact when entering the Police Department will be with a member of our Support Services staff. We take pride in offering great service to visitors to our Department and will assist you whenever possible. Between the three of us, we have over 55 years of Law Enforcement experience, so we can usually answer whatever questions you may have – and if not, we’ll find someone who can!
Some of the services we offer to the public are:
Request for Disclosure of Public Records
To make a request for Police reports and records, complete our Request for Public Disclosure form and submit it to the Police Department, either in person or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax to 360-384-3345, or mail it to PO Box 1257 Ferndale, WA 98248. Be sure to specify how you want to receive the record (email, pick up, mail, etc.)
Response to Requests – Per RCW 42.56.520, we must respond within five business days of receiving a request, by
- Providing the record
- Providing a reasonable estimate as to when it will be available
- Contacting the requestor for clarification
- Denying the request, citing the reason(s) for denial
Any records or portion of records that are exempt from disclosure will be withheld or redacted (blacked out.) We will specify and briefly explain the exemption that applies to any redactions or denials. Some common exemptions are RCW 42.56. RCW 10.97, RCW 13.50, and RCW 46.52.
Fees for Public Records
Print Copies – Black & White (8.5 x 11) $0.15 per page
Color Copies (8.5 x 11) $1.00 per page
Audio Tape Copies $16.00/each
Audio CDs – $5.00 / $3.00 if CD supplied by requestor
Certified Copies $1.00 per Page
Records scanned into electronic format $0.10 per page
Attachments uploaded to an email $0.05 for every four electronic files or attachments
Transmitting records electronically (FTP) $0.10 per gigabyte
Alternative Flat Fee (if the City reasonably estimates and documents that the costs are clearly equal to or more than two dollars.) $2.00
Customized service charge if outside professional assistance (such as IT) is required – actual costs of provider. You will be given an estimate to approve before these charges are authorized.
Payments are by cash, check or money order only, made out to City of Ferndale. No credit or debit cards!
To make a request for disclosure of non-police City records, contact the City Clerk Susan Duncan at City Hall, 2095 Main Street, Ferndale, or email email@example.com .
Records Index – There is no single index of any City records. The City of Ferndale has determined that maintaining a central index of City records is unduly burdensome and would be nearly impossible to maintain. (Ferndale Municipal Code 2.21.040 and 2.21.050.)
Drug Take-Back Program
Keeping unused, unwanted or expired medications in your home poses a risk to you, your family and your community. Drugs thrown into the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold, and drugs flushed down the drains end up in our waters. The City of Ferndale and Custom Rx Shoppe partner to help you dispose of your old medications safely.
At the Police Department we will accept legal narcotics and other prescribed controlled substances during regular business hours. Bring them in in their original containers. You may black out any personal data on the label, but do not cover the name of the medication. We will lock them into a secured bin until the DEA’s drug pickup day.
Custom Rx Shoppe will take most other prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, ointments, inhalers and unopened EpiPens.
Americans turned in a record-setting 912,305 pounds of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s October 2017 National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The collection exceeds the April 2017 amount by almost six tons. Since autumn 2010, the DEA has collected more than 9 million pounds of prescription drugs.
Ferndale’s contribution to the August Drug Take Back was just under 195 pounds, 148 pounds more than our April 2017 load.
Follow this link to learn how to legally and safely dispose of “sharps.” (Needles, syringes.)
Clearance Letters & Criminal History
Often when people are travelling or working overseas, the foreign county will ask them to present a Letter of Good Reputation (or something similar) showing that they have not had any troubles with the police in their home town. We offer Clearance Letters for Ferndale residents for a $20.00 fee but do stress that only our city of Ferndale files are checked. If you require a full criminal history check, you must either contact the Washington State Patrol (for a statewide check) or the FBI for a nationwide check.