History of the Moscow Police Department
In 1892, the citizens of Moscow appointed William J. Blacker as the first Chief of Police. He worked towards preserving the peace, protecting property, and enforcing city and state laws.
Chief Blacker and his team of three officers were known as the “Special Police,” each earning $4.00 per day. The county and city cooperated and shared the local jail as it is today. The majority of arrests were made for “Drunken and Disorderly Conduct in Public.” Fines for this offense ranged from $10.00 to $20.00 for each incident. Speeding tickets were written and administered, and speed fines were set at between $1.00 and $10.00. At that time, without the advancement of technology, it was not easy to estimate the offender’s rate of speed, so the officer estimated by pace.
As the years have passed and decades have turned into a century, the Moscow Police Department has evolved into a community-oriented organization comprised of 36 commissioned police officers and civilian personnel with three divisions, which include Operations, Services, and Campus.
State-of-the-Art Police Facility
Before 1968, the current Moscow Police Department, located on Fourth Street, was home to a creamery called “Korter’s Pasteurized Milk.” Korters sold bottled milk in the 1930s and 1940s. After being used as a creamery under William and Julia Korter’s ownership, the building was occupied by other businesses, including J&J Glass, until the City purchased the property from the Korters on May 15, 1968. At that time, it became City Hall and the Moscow Police Department.
In January 2022, after several years of planning and the successful passage of a voter-approved bond, the Moscow Police Department moved from an 8800-square-foot facility originally operated as a creamery nearly a century ago to a brand new 15,300-square-foot facility. The building was designed to meet the needs of a growing, evolving department and the residents that it serves. The new facility’s location and design enable the department to be more responsive with improved egress during emergencies, with officers arriving to respond to calls quicker. With a spacious training room, the department hosts training for the department and other area law enforcement agencies. Our visitor-friendly lobby can accommodate more interactions between police and the public. The outside entry houses a temperature-controlled “safe room” for citizens which can be manually locked down in an emergency during off hours while waiting for an officer to respond. We are excited for the department to “grow” into this new space as we serve the community.