Port Angeles Police Officers are responding to many questions
from our public regarding Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. We
are fielding many questions with respect to businesses who are, and who feel
they need to, issue “passes” or “licenses” to their employees during the course
of conducting their essential work.
Rumors of individuals or businesses needing "passes"
or "licenses" to conduct essential services are NOT true. We are
NOT conducting random stops, or checkpoints, of citizens as they go about
their daily business in a lawful manner. If we did so, we would be
significantly infringing upon the Constitutional Rights we value and protect.
We view our role more as one
of education. Educating residents on how to keep themselves safe, how to keep
their families safe and most importantly, to keep the rest of the community
safe, especially our vulnerable populations.
PAPD is working hard to ensure public safety during this
difficult time. Rest assured we will continue to serve you every minute of
every day and we will always enforce the laws that keep people safe.
Police Chief Brian S. Smith
Deputy Chief Jason X. Viada
Port Angeles Police