Message from the Chief
Welcome to the Police Department section of the City of Mercer Island website. We appreciate your interest in our Department and services.
The mission of our Department is to contribute to Mercer Island's reputation as a safe, friendly, economically thriving community in which to live, work, learn, play and visit. We achieve our mission by providing the highest quality law enforcement and community education services possible within the resources provided to us. We are professional, compassionate, highly-trained, technologically advanced, and provide services that meet or exceed the expectations of our community. All of our employees will work hard to accomplish our mission each day.
Our Police Department consists of two Divisions. They are the Police Operations Division and the Services Division. Both Divisions have unique responsibilities and duties, yet they work in accord to provide our citizens with the best Police services and most prompt responses we can offer. In addition, our Police Department works very closely with our Fire Department to provide the most comprehensive Police and Fire services to our community.
Our Records Specialists, Police Officers, Firefighters and Emergency Management personnel all take great pride in their work. Many are also trained in specialized areas so that our Department can offer such services as the Marine Patrol, Dive Team, Bike Team, School Resource Officer, Special Operations Team and others.
I feel our citizens are well served by their Police and Fire employees. Recent surveys show that many citizens choose to live on Mercer Island because of several important factors such as schools, quality of life, and a general feeling of being "safe".
Mercer Island does have one of the lowest crime rates in our area, however, as citizens you should take all the necessary precautions to protect your family and your property.
I urge each of you to take those steps necessary to secure your home and property. Prepare your family to survive on their own for at least the first 72 hours following a large scale disaster or emergency.
We have the necessary information and guidelines to show you how to be better prepared and how to avoid being the victim of a crime. Please contact us if we can assist you in any of these areas.
9611 SE 36th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040
The Mercer Island Police Department is comprised of two Divisions, the Operations Division and the Services Division. Although each Division has very different responsibilities, they strive to work together to deliver the best overall Police services to the Mercer Island community.
Commander Dave Jokinen is the Operations Commander. The Operations Commander is responsible for supervising the Patrol Section and all of the specialty units within the Police Department, including Marine Patrol, the Dive Team, the Special Operations Team and the Bike Team. The Operations Commander is responsible for assuring proper staffing levels and providing operation planning for regular patrol shifts and during special events such as Summer Celebration and SeaFair.
Commander Jokinen may be reached at 206-275-7914 or David.Jokinen@mercergov.org for further information.
The Mercer Island Police Department is divided into two Divisions, the Services Division and the Operations Division. Although the two Divisions have different responsibilities, they each strive to work together in order to deliver the best overall Police services to the community of Mercer Island.
Commander Leslie Burns is the Services Division Commander. Commander Burns is responsible for supervising the Investigation Unit, Personnel and Training, Emergency Management and the Records and Evidence Sections. In addition, the Services Division acquires, installs and maintains the latest technology available to the Police Department, including mobile computers in the patrol cars (MDC's), police radio equipment and other technical hardware utilized throughout the entire department. The Services Division is responsible for assuring our department meets and/or exceeds state accreditation standards and passes all state inspections and audits as they relate to the Records and Evidence functions.
Commander Burns may be reached at 206-275-7900 or Leslie.Burns@mercergov.org for further information.