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Melinda Irvine
Chief of Police Services
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Thank you for visiting the Newcastle Police Department’s web page. Click here to view general information about how to contact us, obtain concealed weapons permits or copies of police records and answers to other commonly asked questions.

Newcastle's Dedicated Staff and Regional Resources

You will find that the men and women of the Newcastle Police Department are a dedicated, well-trained and experienced group who take pride in their work. The officers are committed to community policing, problem solving and providing exceptional service. The Newcastle Police Department is committed to working with residents to keep this community a safe and secure place to live and work.

The Newcastle Police Department has officers on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We are responsible for providing police service to over 10,000 residents and thousands of others who travel to, or through Newcastle each day. The City of Newcastle contracts with the King County Sheriff's Office for police services. By contracting the city is able to provide Newcastle residents with high quality, cost effective and specialized police services from a regional provider. Newcastle has officers and a police chief assigned to the city on a full time basis.

The officers wear blue uniforms and drive city marked patrol cars. Newcastle also draws upon the Sheriff's Office for additional patrol assistance and specialized services. Newcastle's police are supported by King County Regional AFIS. The program provides technology, equipment and staff to recover and process fingerprints from major crime scenes. At the heart of the program is a computer system called AFIS, which stores and compares minutiae found in fingerprints from known individuals and crime scenes. A list of possible candidates is produced by AFIS in a matter of minutes, enabling police to solve crimes without a list of suspects. View the 2016 Annual AFIS Report for further details about the program.

Citizen Engagement Efforts

We keep you informed with emergency e-alerts sent out via email and the City's social media. King County's enhanced Regional Public Information and Notification (RPIN) emergency alert system is another way to stay informed about potential threats that impact Newcastle. The system has been upgraded to include voice messages to landline phones, added geographical filters and targeted types of alerts. Register your email address and/or phone device to receive important safety information at the King County RPIN website. It's free and you can update your profile at any time.

MedReturn Box

The Newcastle Police Department has partnered with Influence the Choice - Drug Prevention Alliance for Youth to place a drug drop box on the second floor, just outside City Hall. The drop box provides a safe and anonymous method to dispose of unwanted and expired prescription medications.

Studies have shown that residential supplies of pharmaceutical controlled substances, those found in our home medicine cabinets, have become the supply of choice for young people and criminals. In addition, research has shown that our environment and water supply is threatened by improperly disposed of medications.

Items that will be accepted include:

  • Prescription medications
  • Prescription patches
  • Prescription ointments/lotions
  • Pet medications
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Inhalers
  • Pre-filled auto-injectors (unopened)

Medications may be left in their original containers. You may remove labels if you wish and place these items in a zip-top bag to prevent leaking.

Items we cannot accept include:

  • Needles/syringes
  • Vitamins
  • Thermometers
  • IV Bags or bloody/infectious waste
  • Hydrogen peroxide/other chemicals
  • Aerosol cans
  • Mercury or Iodine products
  • Radioactive medications
  • Business waste
  • Used auto-injectors


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