The Lacey Police Department provides a wide range of public safety services on behalf of the Lacey community including community outreach, collaboration with schools, managing crime prevention programs, and investigating major felony crimes.
According to R.C.W. 9A.42.110, it is a misdemeanor offense to knowingly leave a child who is under the age of 18 in the care or custody of a person who must register as a sex offender due to committing a sex offense against a child, unless there exists written documents from a court of law, allowing the offender to have unsupervised contact with children, and/or a family reunification plan approved by the court, the Department of Corrections, or the Department of Social and Health Services.
No. Neither the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office nor the Lacey Police Department has the authority to direct where a sex offender may or may not live. Unless court ordered restrictions exist, the offender is constitutionally free to live wherever he / she chooses.
In accordance with R.C.W. 9A.44.130 the following requirements apply to registered sex offenders residing in Thurston County:
In custody offenders must register with the incarcerating agency prior to their release and register within 24 hours from the time of release with the county of their residence.
If the offender moves to a new address within Thurston County, they are required to notify the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office within 72 hours of moving. The notification may be accomplished in person or writing. It is recommend that written changes be sent via certified mail to assure their letter arrives at the Sheriff’s Office. When submitting written changes, they must include:
A. The date
B. Their old address
C. Their new address (physical address and mailing address and phone number)
D. Their signature
If the offender moves to a new county, they are required to send written notice to the county sheriff of the new county 14 days before moving and register in person within 24 hours upon arrival in the new county. They are also required to send Written notice to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office within 10 days of moving.
If the offender moves out of state, they are required to send written notice to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office within 10 days of moving to the new state of foreign country. They are also required to check with the new county or foreign country and follow their registration laws.
If the offender ceases to have a fixed residence, they shall provide the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office with written notice within 48 hours of ceasing to have a fixed residence.
If the offender lacks a fixed residence, they must report in person to the county sheriff’s office where they last registered on a weekly basis. The report date for the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is Mondays between the hours of 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM excluding holidays, where the report date will be the following workday.
If the offender lacks a fixed residence, on their report date, they will be required to furnish the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office with the address and/or locations they spent the previous seven (7) days. As a transient, regardless of classification level, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office will be notifying the public at large of their presence in the community.
As a transient sex offender, if they enter and stay in another county for more than 24 hours, they are required to register in the new county. If they move to another county, state, or foreign country they are required to send notice to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office within 10 days.
If the offender is admitted as a student or accepted as an employee at any institution of higher education, they are required to notify the Thurston County Sheriff’s office within 10 days of enrolling or accepting employment, or by the first business day after commencing work or attending classes at the institution of higher education. They are also required to notify the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office within 10 days of their termination of employment or termination of enrollment.
If an offender applies to change their name, they must submit a copy of the application to the county sheriff’s office of the county of their residence and to the Washington State Patrol no fewer than five (5) days before the entry of the order granting the name change. If they receive an order changing their name, they must submit a copy of the order to the county sheriff’s office of the county of their residence and to the Washington State Patrol within five (5) days of the entry of the order.
If an offender moves to Washington State from another state or a foreign country and are they are not under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections, the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board, or the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services at the time of moving to Washington State, they must register within 30 days of establishing residence, or re-establishing residence if they are a former Washington State resident.
If an offender meets the qualifications for registration under Washington State laws and they either work or attend school in Washington State, they must register with the county sheriff in the county in which they work or attend school regardless of their state of residence.
What are the different classifications of Registered Sex / Kidnapping Offenders and what do they mean?
There are three classifications of Registered Sex / Kidnapping Offenders – Level I, Level II, and Level III. Level I offenders are considered low risk to the community, and their probability to re-offend is considered low. They normally have not exhibited predatory-type characteristics and most have successfully participated or are participating in approved treatment programs. Many are first time offenders. Level II offenders are considered a moderate risk to the community, and have a higher probability of re-offending than Level I offenders. They are considered a higher risk to re-offend, because of the nature of their previous crime(s) and lifestyle (i.e. drug and alcohol abuse, and other criminal activity). Offenders in this classification have either refused to participate or failed to complete approved treatment programs. Level III offenders are considered a potentially high risk to the community and are a threat to re-offend if provided the opportunity. Most have prior sex crime convictions as well as other criminal convictions. Lifestyles and choices place these offender this this classification. Some have predatory characteristics and may seek out victims. Offenders in this classification have either refused or failed to complete approved treatment programs.
420 College Street SE, next to the Lacey Timberland Library.
Complete a Washington State Patrol Collision report form. Forms can be acquired at any police department, or a copy can be obtained on the Washington State Patrol website.
Lacey Violations Bureau located within City Hall, 420 College Street SE.
Call (360) 459-4333 and ask to speak to the evidence technician. You will be asked to provide a case number. If your property is eligible to be released, you may schedule an appointment to pick it up. Property is released by appointment only.
If you park in a disabled parking space and fail to properly display your placard, law enforcement may be unable to see that you have permission, and issue an infraction for violating LMC 10.04.021. Every time you park in a disabled parking spot, you MUST properly display the placard by suspending it from the rear view mirror. For further information, please refer to RCW 46.16.381.
If I have received a disabled parking ticket, and I have a disabled placard, but forgot to display it, what do I do now?
Bring your placard and infraction to the Lacey Violations Bureau at Lacey’s City Hall, 420 College Street SE. Be prepared to show both the placard and infraction to the Department Assistant.
In accordance with RCW 46.61.370: When traveling on a two-lane roadway (only one lane in each direction) and the school bus displays its stop paddle and flashing red lights, all vehicles must stop. On a multiple lane roadway (three or more lanes including the center turn lane) and you are traveling in the same direction as the bus and the school bus displays its stop paddle and flashing red lights, you must stop . If in the center turn lane, traveling in the same direction as a stopped bus, you must stop. On a multiple lane roadway (three or more lanes including the center turn lane) and you are traveling in the opposite direction of the bus and the school bus displays its stop paddle and flashing red lights, you do not have to stop.
When I am approaching Saint Martin's University on Ruddell Road SE heading north, I see cars come to a full stop, and then turn left onto Pacific Avenue SE. Is this legal?
Yes. The vehicle operators facing a steady circular red signal may, after stopping, proceed to make a right turn from a one-way or two-way street into a two-way street or into a one-way street carrying traffic in the direction of the right turn; or a left turn from a one-way or two-way street into a one-way street carrying traffic in the direction of the left turn; unless a sign posted by competent authority prohibits such movement. RCW 46.61.055(3)(a) Steady red indication: Vehicle operators facing a steady circular red signal alone shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection control area and shall remain standing until an indication to proceed is shown. However, the vehicle operators facing a steady circular red signal may, after stopping proceed to make a right turn from a one-way or two-way street into a two-way street or into a one-way street carrying traffic in the direction of the right turn; or a left turn from a one-way or two-way street into a one-way street carrying traffic in the direction of the left turn; unless a sign posted by competent authority prohibits such movement. Vehicle operators planning to make such turns shall remain stopped to allow other vehicles lawfully within or approaching the intersection control area to complete their movements. Vehicle operators planning to make such turns shall also remain stopped for pedestrians who are lawfully within the intersection control area as required by RCW 46.61.235(1).
When there is a power failure, who must stop at an intersection when a traffic signal is no longer working?
Every vehicle must come to a complete stop, and proceed only if it is safe to do so. RCW 46.61.183 Nonfunctioning signal lights. Except when directed to proceed by a flagger, police officer, or fire fighter, the driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection controlled by a traffic control signal that is temporarily without power on all approaches or is not displaying any green, red, or yellow indication to the approach the vehicle is on, shall consider the intersection to be an all-way stop. After stopping, the driver shall yield the right of way in accordance with RCW 46.61.180(1) and RCW 46.61.185.
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A modern roundabout is an intersection having a one way circulation pattern around a central island where entering traffic must yield the right-of-way to the traffic circulating with the roundabout.
No. Under RCW 46.04.195 a golf cart is defined as a gas-powered or electric-powered four-wheeled vehicle originally designed and manufactured for operation on a golf course for sporting purposes and has a speed attainable in one mile of not more than twenty miles per hour. It is not licensed for street use (RCW 46.04.320).
No. Under LMC 9.20.046 it is unlawful to discharge fireworks in city limits. Only trick or novelty devices, such as snakes, glowworms, trick noise makers, party poppers, pop-its, or similar devices are allowed.
All evidence and seized property items that are no longer held by the Lacey Police Department are sent to an online auction site for bidding. The Lacey Police Department utilizes the services of PropertyRoom.com to auction off all abandoned, stolen, lawfully seized, or unclaimed property, of every kind and description. PropertyRoom.com makes our auctions accessible to the public, 24-hours per day, seven days per week. Items being auctioned include bicycles, cars, rugs, electronics, jewelry, clothing, tools, musical instruments, sporting equipment, and more. View Lacey Police Department items for auction at PropertyRoom.com.
No. The City of Lacey no longer require citizens to have a permit for a garage sales. However, the LMC still states that sales can not be more than four consecutive days and no more than four sales per year.
The Lacey Police Department’s public parking lot is available as a meeting place for on-line sales or bartering transactions. Posters with ill intentions may be less likely to arrange fraudulent transactions or commit other crimes when they know the meeting will be at a Police Department. Be advised that officers are not available to stand by during transactions, but the parking area is available.
Yes, the police department inspects/installs child safety seats. Please call our office at 360-459-4333 to make an appointment.
Yes. If you live within Lacey city limits, you can apply for a license at the Lacey Police Department. Please call our office at 360-459-4333 to schedule an appointment.
Yes. The Lacey Police Department offers fingerprinting services to Lacey residents only. Please call our office at 360-459-4333 to schedule an appointment. The cost is $12 (plus tax) per person. We are set up to use fingerprint card FD-258. If you have fingerprint cards, please leave them blank. If you live outside Lacey city limits, please visit the Washington State Patrol for fingerprinting services.