The City of Pendleton is the gatekeeper between the Columbia Basin and the Blue Mountains. Pendleton, the real Eastern Oregon, is nestled in the valleys of the foothills of the Blue Mountains. The population is projected at 17,515 as of January 2010. The Pendleton Police Department is responsible for patrolling over 11.29 square miles. In 2009, the City of Pendleton grew with annexation and significant increases to the Urban Growth Boundry. The community is interested in controlled and structured growth.
The Pendleton Police Department consists of 23 sworn officers, four (4) non-sworn personnel and two (2) part-time employees. The staffing levels have remained the same since the 1960’s while the demand for services have increased dramatically.
The Pendleton Police Department has updated its infrastructure, equipment, training and attitudes that allow us to work smarter and more efficiently with limited fiscal resources. We are constantly striving to improve the services we provide by recruiting and hiring motivated, educated and well skilled individuals who agree with our philosophy of progressive proactive enforcement, deterring and investigating crimes, problem-solving, working with and educating the public we serve.
We encourage our personnel to be active members of our community not only in their professional lives, but their personal lives as well.