If you are missing one of these items, stop by the Ferndale Police Department, located at 2220 Main Street, between 8am-4:30pm, Tuesday through Friday. You will need to provide a detailed description of the item to reclaim your property. For more information contact Evidence Manager Kim Martin at (360)483-5746.
On May 23rd, 2019, the Ferndale
Police Department received a report regarding an allegation of a sexual
relationship between at 15-year-old female student from Ferndale High School
and a 20-year-old adult male who works part-time as a wrestling coach for the
Ferndale School District.
During the investigation, in addition to the original
victim, two other victims came forward.
At this point in the investigation there is no indication that any of
the incidents occurred on school grounds.
The 20-year-old part-time coach was identified as Dalton J
Cristelli (04/26/1999) of Ferndale, Washington.
He was contacted and booked into Whatcom County Jail. He is no longer
employed by the Ferndale School District.
Ferndale Police Department established probable cause for
the following charges:
Rape of a Child in the 3rd Degree: In March of 2019 Cristelli (age 19 at the
time) had sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old female student. The difference in age between the two is over
Rape in the 3rd Degree: In the spring of 2016, Cristelli had
non-consensual sexual intercourse with a female who was the age of 15 or 16 at
Rape in the 2nd Degree: Approximately 3 to 5 years ago, Cristelli had
sexual intercourse with a female victim who was incapable of consent.
This is an ongoing investigation. Due to the nature of the crime and the age of the victims at the time of the incidents, no further information is expected to be released.
Using the latest digital tools available, the Ferndale Police Department and the City have launched an interactive online crime map of Ferndale. For the public, this provides even greater transparency, allowing residents to explore 911 calls in their area. For the Ferndale Police Department, this provides them with a critical tool to identify hot spots for Patrol activities, and for detectives to explore a sudden crime trend and work to prevent future criminal activity.
“This gives our
officers a bird’s-eye-view of recent incidents to compliment our boots on the
ground experience,” said Police Chief Kevin Turner. “If we see a sudden rash of
break-ins in one specific area, we can put extra officers in that
The City of Ferndale continues to set the standard for
transparency and access to public information. Currently, the public can access
everything from employee contracts to city credit card reports online through
their public documents page. The crime map provides a fresh way for residents
to access information about their community.
According to FBI statistics, in 2018 Ferndale became the 21st safest city in Washington. In the last twelve years, thanks to the tireless efforts of the Ferndale Police Department, crime has been cut by 65%.
We’ve had a few break-ins recently and the easiest way to stop those is the 9PM Routine. Each night, make sure you’ve got your car locked, windows shut, doors locked and the shed secure. Bring in valuables from your car or mailbox. Turn on exterior lights.
These are simple steps but can have a big impact on preventing crime. Together, we can stop crime before it starts.
Did you lose something recently? Maybe a friendly neighbor found it and turned it into the Ferndale Police Station. Currently we have:
WA Quest cards
If you are missing one of these items, stop by the Ferndale Police Station (2220 Main Street) from 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday and provide a detailed description of the item to reclaim your property.
For more information, please call Evidence Manager Kim Martin at (360) 483-5746.
–On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Ferndale Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 17th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Ferndale Police Department at 2220 Main Street. (Sites cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last fall Americans
nearly 460 tons (more than 900,000 pounds) of prescription
at more than
5,800 sites operated by the DEA
almost 4,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners.
Overall, in its 16 previous Take Back events, DEA and
its partners have taken
in almost 11 million pounds—nearly 5,500 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital
public safety and public health
issue. Medicines that languish in
cabinets are highly susceptible to
diversion, misuse, and
abuse. Rates of prescription
drug abuse in the U.S.
are alarmingly high, as
are the number of accidental
and overdoses due
to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health
National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that
the majority of misused
and abused prescription
drugs are obtained from
family and friends,
including someone else’s medication
home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans
are now advised
methods for disposing of unused
medicines—flushing them down
or throwing them
in the trash—both pose potential safety and health
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 27 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com
Ferndale High School and Ferndale Police Department, “Threat Not Credible”
At approximately 8:10 AM on Wednesday, March
13th, a Ferndale High School student found and reported a note that
contained a threat directed at the Ferndale High School Campus.
Ferndale High School Administrators
began working with the Ferndale Police Department immediately and it is the
opinion of law enforcement and school administration that the note does not
pose a credible threat.
Any further investigation will focus
on the origin of the note. Ferndale High School Administrators will continue
working with the Ferndale Police Department to determine who may have authored
The Ferndale School District would like to thank the student who reported the note and the team at the Ferndale Police Department for their assistance.
With the weather finally getting a little warmer and the snow on pause, it is time to begin cleaning up after the winter weather. Here’s what you need to know:
Roads are still slick. Whether it is slush or refrozen ice, the roads will continue to be hazardous for the next several days. Go slow, give yourself plenty of time to get where you need to go and give everyone generous space, especially when turning.
Clear Your Sidewalks. Per Ferndale Municipal Code, everyone is responsible for the sidewalks in front of their house and business. The snow on the sidewalks are a serious safety hazard and impede first responders trying to access homes and businesses. With the weather giving us a temporary break, now is the time to get out there with a shovel and clear those spaces for everyone’s safety.
Clear your Storm Drains. As the snow melts, it is going to need to go somewhere, and that somewhere is down the storm drain. Make sure that your local storm drain is free from debris so that the melted snow can safely leave your neighborhood. Here’s a quick video to remind you what a storm drain looks like.
Move Your Car. Public Works crews are plowing side streets now that our priority routes are secure. If possible, please park off the street. This allows our plows to access some of the narrower streets.
No Private Plows on City Streets/Right of Way. Public Works takes every precaution possible not to damage our utilities, signs, fire hydrants and other structures. Private companies do not know where these things are and can cause serious damage to City infrastructure. If you do hire a private plow to clear your business parking lot or private street, do not stack the snow on sidewalks – see #2.
Check in on your neighbors. We are small town and we shine best when we act like it. Check in on your neighbors, make sure they’ve got heat, groceries and can get in and out of their houses. This is a perfect opportunity to help each other clear sidewalks and get to know those around you.
We continue to work around the clock to deal with the aftermath of the snow storm. There may be some more snowfall in the forecast so if everyone can take this opportunity and pitch in, it will make it easier for the whole community.
If you have any questions or would like more information about our snow response, please call Communications Officer Riley Sweeney at (360) 685-2353.
yourself and your family. Join us to learn more about what supplies and
resources to have on hand when a natural or human-made disaster occurs. All are
welcome. Light refreshments provided.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Thursday, January 17, 2019
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
2125 Main Street
Hosted by Ferndale Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Ferndale CERT is one of the member organizations of the FERN and working with the Ferndale Police Department. For more information, please email Gayland Gump by clicking here