The Jackson Police Department is comprised of 26 sworn and 11 non-sworn positions. The department utilizes a community-oriented policing philosophy that encourages community interaction, and problem solving. Officers are empowered to make decisions they feel will reduce cycles of violence, crime, and recidivism.
The Mission Statement of the Jackson Police Department is to: Support the Town of Jackson by contributing to a viable community, while providing for the safety and security of our citizens, visitors, employees, and property. We will accomplish this by building partnerships with others; by maintaining the public trust; and by furnishing the finest police services our community will support.
The department is divided into six main work units: patrol, investigations, community service officers, animal shelter, administration, and victim services. In addition, the department utilizes bicycle, horse-mounted, and foot patrols. The department also provides law enforcement services to the Jackson Hole Airport. The jail and the communications center fall under the supervision of the Teton County Sheriff’s Office, but are jointly funded by the Town and County.
The Town of Jackson is currently recruiting a police officer. For more information about the position and the organization, please see our list of Job Openings.
Enjoy our community and stay safe.
Todd Smith, Chief of Police
Cole Nethercott, Lieutenant
Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, or by appointment
150 East Pearl Avenue
Jackson, WY 83001
Jackson Police Department
P.O. Box 1687
Jackson, WY 83001
24 Hour Non-Emergency Contact: Teton County Dispatch: (307) 733-2331
Phone: (307) 733-1430
Fax: (307) 733-3241
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Holiday Burglary Prevention Tips
The Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday season means different things to people: time spent with family, holiday vacations, and even gifts. To burglars, it means empty homes with valuables, and often the opportunity to provide holiday gifts to their own families.
The Jackson Police Department would like to remind everyone that although the Town of Jackson has a low crime rate, it is still wise to take all reasonable precautions to safeguard their homes and have a happy holiday season.
• Take the time to trim back any bushes or trees that block visibility through your house. Check all of the entryways into your home (windows and doors) to make sure that they are locked and secure. Secure any sliding glass doors with a lock and a dowel in the door track.
• If your home is equipped with an alarm system, make sure that you and your family are using it. Studies show that alarm systems and visible advertisements (stickers, lawn signs) are some of the best deterrents against burglars.
• If leaving your home for several hours find ways to make your house look occupied by placing interior and exterior lights on timers or leaving on a radio or T.V.
• Exterior holiday lights do more than make your house look festive: they also light up the areas around windows and doors where burglars may lurk.
• Retain the receipts for all major purchases in a safe place. If possible, record the serial number of the property on the corresponding receipt or in another list for safekeeping. In the event that these items do get stolen, this record will maintain proof of the purchase and aid police in tracking down the stolen item.
• Be cautious about solicitors, especially during this time of year. A stop at your doorway may provide them the chance to scope the inside of your house for valuable items and map the layout for a later return.
• If ordering items to be delivered to the house, schedule them to be delivered at time when you will be home and able to accept the package. Large packages left on doorsteps are susceptible to thieves passing through the neighborhood.
• Many people love to display a brightly-lit Christmas tree with gifts around the base. If visible through a window or doorway, this can be tempting for burglars scouting the neighborhood. Reconsider hiding the gifts in a secure place and placing them under the tree at the last minute.
• Don't announce your new high-dollar purchases after the holidays. Break down the boxes of TVs, stereos, computers, etc. to fit inside of your trashcan. If possible, stagger the times that these boxes are placed in the trash.
• Don’t advertise any trips away from your home or travel plans on online social networking sites. Broadcasting your absences let people know that your house is unoccupied and vulnerable. Make sure that your children are doing the same and that they are careful about discussing travel plans with friends.
• In the event that you are traveling for the holidays, consider finding a trusted neighbor to protect your home in your absence. Have all mail and newspapers collected or have your services suspended. Provide a key to that person so that they can make your house look occupied, either by turning on lights, turning on the radio, or moving a car in the driveway.
• Notify the police department that you will be away for an extended time period and provide the contact information for the neighbor who will be watching your home.
• If leaving a dog at home for the holidays, consider having a trusted neighbor, family member, or friend pet sit at the house instead of using a kennel. Dogs of all sizes (and barks!) can be a deterrent to burglars.
• Avoid leaving valuables inside of your vehicle while shopping. Many people purchase items and place them inside of their vehicle only to return to the store for additional shopping. While this certainly makes it easier to continue your shopping, it also makes it easier for would-be thieves to do their own "shopping". Be aware of your surroundings while walking to and from your vehicle.
• Pay particular attention to anyone who seems to be acting suspiciously or watching you. Be sure to make a mental note of their physical description and clothing, just in case.