District 5 · Headquarters & Detachments
The Vancouver District includes the five counties located in southwest Washington: Clark, Skamania, Klickitat, Cowlitz, and Lewis. In addition to the district office located in Vancouver, there are four detachment offices located in Chehalis, Morton, Kelso, and Goldendale.
Located in Lewis County the Chehalis patrol area comprises the entire west end of Lewis County. Its area ranges from the Lewis/Pacific County line west of Pe Ell on SR-6 to the Onalaska and Salkum areas on SR-508 and SR-12 respectively and Interstate 5 from the Lewis/Cowlitz County line in the south to the Lewis/Thurston County line in the North.
The population of Lewis County is approximately 68,600 with the majority of those living on the west end of the county. Lewis County's largest city is Centralia. The county seat is the City of Chehalis. Centralia and Chehalis are known as the Twin Cities.
The Twin Cities are conveniently located halfway between Seattle and Portland, Oregon. In fact a drive of less than two hours in any direction could find a visitor enjoying the amenities of either of these large metropolitan areas, walking on the beach or hiking in the Cascade Mountains.
The Chehalis patrol area is comprised of two detachments of 7 troopers each with each detachment being supervised by a Sergeant. These troopers primarily patrol on I-5 and six State Routes (SR-6, SR-12, SR-505, SR-506, SR-507, and SR-508). In addition the Chehalis Detachments investigate all collisions on Lewis County Roads.
The Goldendale Detachment covers the entire Klickitat and Skamania County areas to include over 230 miles of State Routes. The state routes the Goldendale detachment is responsible for include SR-14, SR-97, SR-141, SR-142, and SR-197.
Klickitat and Skamania Counties are bordered on the south by the Columbia River Gorge which is a spectacular river canyon cutting through the volcanic rock of the Cascade Mountain Range.
The county seat for Klickitat County is Goldendale and Stevenson for Skamania. Both counties are known for its outdoors recreations to include popular hunting, fishing and windsurfing. Skamania County is also home to Mt. St. Helens.
The detachment goals and objectives include:
Located in Cowlitz County, the patrol area for the Kelso detachment begins 21 miles north of Portland, Oregon and 145 miles south of Seattle along I-5. The major cities in Cowlitz County include Kelso and Longview, which are located on the Columbia River. Residents are removed from urban congestion, but are still close enough to enjoy the amenities offered in a larger metropolitan city.
The population of Cowlitz County is about 94,000. The yearly precipitation averages 37 inches which helps keep their 50 plus city, county and state parks green. The major employers in the area include Longview Fibre & Paper, St. Johns Medical Center and Weyerhaeuser.
Two detachments with 17 troopers work along I-5 and six state routes including SR-504, which leads to Mt. St. Helens, a National Volcanic Monument. Our major roadways include I-5, SR-503, SR-432, SR-504, SR-4, and SR-411.
The detachment goals and objectives include:
The Morton Detachment is located in the heart of Eastern Lewis County. The detachment's responsibilities include a 4,000 foot, Mountain Pass as well as several lakes and dams. The local area is home to an abundance of wildlife including, deer, elk, salmon, steelhead, cougar and bear. Hunting, fishing and skiing are the greatest tourism activities in East Lewis County.
Home of the Gifford Pinchot National Park, the detachment works closely with the United States Forest Service, Lewis County Sheriff's Office, Department of Fish and Wildlife and the two small municipal agencies in Morton and Mossyrock to effectively achieve the common goals of traffic safety. Roadways the Morton Detachment are responsible for include SR-12, SR-7, SR-508, SR-122, and SR-131.
The Vancouver Detachment is responsible for patrolling 124 miles of State Highways in Clark County. Situated on the Washington-Oregon border Clark County has been one of the fast growing counties in Washington with a population 337,110. Located in Clark County is Vancouver on the banks of the Columbia River. Vancouver is the home to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and within eyeshot is Mount St Helen's. Our major roadways include I-5, I-205, SR-14, SR-500, SR-502, and SR 503.
Vancouver Motorcycle Detachment
The Vancouver Motors detachment is utilized for traffic management and enforcement in the metropolitan Vancouver area. This detachment focuses on problem traffic areas in partnership with the Department of Transportation, local law enforcement agencies, and other interested groups. Their primary focus is Clark County. They provide support to Cowlitz, Lewis, Klickitat, and Skamania Counties as well. The detachment consists of three motorcycle troopers and is an effective tool to reduce acts of aggressive driving, reduce speed-related collisions, and increase seat belt usage within our district.