About the WPD

WPD BuildingThe 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 northeast South Dakota. Watertown’s numerous parks and outstanding public education system make for a great place to live, work, visit, and raise a family. Watertown is home to Lake Area Technical Institute and Mount Marty College.
The Watertown Police Department is a 24-hour law enforcement agency, handling 27,000 calls for service each year. 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 consists of 36 sworn police officers and 19 non-sworn employees. The WPD has a Police Chief, an Assistant Police Chief, 3 Captains, 5 Sergeants, and 26 Patrol Officers. Some of the Patrol Officers serve in additional assignments such as Corporal (4), Detective (4), Training Officer (3), and School Resource Officer (2).
The WPD is structured in such a way that it divided into four main components, Operations, Support Services, Professional Standards, and Special Operations. Sub-units support each of those four main components.


Operations Bureau



Support Services





Professional Standards





Special Operations


Patrol Division



911 Center





Training





K9 Program


Investigative Division



Records Unit





Policies & Procedures





School Resource Officers


Reserve Officer Program



Vehicle & Facility Maint.





Citizens' Police Academy





Youth Programs










Commendations & Complaints



Teen Police Academy














Intern Program





S.W.A.T.












Honor Guard








Crime Prevention






Explorer Program