The Watertown Police Department is a 24-hour law enforcement agency, handling 30,000 calls for service each year. The WPD consists of 35 sworn police officers and 19 non-sworn employees. The WPD has a Police Chief, an Assistant Police Chief, 3 Captains, 4 Sergeants, 3 Corporals, 4 Detectives, 2 School Resource Officers, and 18 Patrol Officers. Many of the Patrol Officers are also members of specialized units such as Crime Scene Investigation, School Resource Officers, SWAT, Bicycle Patrol, Motorcycle Patrol, and Traffic Crash Investigation. The WPD is supported by non-sworn employees who work in units such as Criminal Investigation Division, Records, 911 Center, and Animal Control.
The WPD is a progressive agency that is committed to providing high-quality, open and community oriented police services. The department strives to educate its employees and offers advanced training and educational incentives to all personnel. The WPD maintains a fleet of 13 vehicles to patrol approximately 27 square miles, while serving nearly 22,000 residents.
The City of Watertown is a diverse community of nearly 22,000 people residing in the center of some of the best hunting, fishing, and recreational opportunities in South Dakota. Watertown lies between two large lakes and has a strong industrial base to support its economy. Watertown is the trade center for some 50,000 people in NE South Dakota. Watertown’s numerous parks and outstanding public education system make for a great place to live and raise a family. Watertown is home to Lake Area Technical Institute and Mount Marty College.