Chief’s Message

Welcome to the Arlington Police website, brought to you by the men and women of the Arlington Police Department. This site was created to provide residents and visitors with important information concerning public safety in our community, information about the Department, its services, and to improve communication between the Department and the community of Arlington.

As Chief of Police, I assume the responsibility of ensuring that our community is provided with the best law enforcement services possible. Fortunately for me, I work with a dedicated staff of sworn police officers and support staff that understands the definition of service and the importance of applying a problem-solving approach through the development of community and professional partnerships. I am proud of the dedicated employees and volunteers who, through their daily activities, strive to provide the highest quality of police services to the community we serve.

Please take a few minutes to learn more about APD’s divisions and services. You will find that our staff is dedicated, well-trained and an enthusiastic group of professionals who take pride in their work. They are ready to work with you to make your home, your business, and this community an even better place to live. I also want to invite the public to become our “partners” in the “All-In Campaign” as we pursue our goal of reducing crime in Arlington.

About Chief Jonathan Ventura 

Jonathan Ventura, Arlington's Police Chief, and an FBI National Academy alumnus, brings a rich educational and experiential foundation to his role. Since joining the Arlington Police Department in 2000, his career progression spans roles such as patrol officer, detective, sergeant, and deputy chief. Ventura holds a dual master's degree in public administration and criminal justice administration from Columbia Southern University, complemented by a University of Virginia Graduate Certificate. 

His diverse background includes military service and collaborations with notable entities such as the U.S. Department of Justice (Drug Enforcement Administration) and the Seattle Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. 

His community-oriented endeavors encompass board-member positions with Snohomish County 911 and Stilly Valley Youth Dynamics, as well as appointment by the Washington State Governor to the State Supreme Court's Gender and Justice Commission Domestic Violence Workgroup. Chief Ventura lives in Arlington with his wife and two children, underscoring his unwavering commitment to law enforcement and the Arlington community.

FBI photo of Chief Ventura
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