Rural Living in the Heart of the Yakima Valley

Mabton Police Department

City of Mabton Police BadgeMission Statement

The Mabton Police Department will strive to serve the community; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the constitutional rights of all to liberty, equality, and justice.

Philosophy Statement

We the members of the Mabton Police Department:

Believe that the protection of life and property is our highest priority.

Will respect and protect the rights and the dignity of all persons and conduct all citizen contacts with courtesy and compassion.

Will strive for excellence in the delivery of police services and will utilize training, technology and innovation to achieve this goal.

Recognize the department’s interdependent relationship with the community it serves and will remain sensitive to the community’s priorities and needs. We believe that Mabton has a unique community spirit and that we are an important part of our community’s success.

Believe that crime prevention, problem solving and intervention are normally preferred to strict enforcement but, when enforcement is called for, the enforcement is done impartially throughout the community.

Recognize the individual worth of each of it’s members. We will strive to support, develop and encourage every member to their full potential.


Lieutenant David Marks

Police Chief David Marks

Chief Marks began his law enforcement career with the City of Langley Police Department in 2006.Chief Marks held multiple positions in the Langley Police Department and rose through the ranks to eventually serve as the Chief of Police. Chief Marks served 5 years as the Chief of Police but also found time to serve on a multi-agency critical response team.Chief Marks spent several years as a Field Training Officer and prior to being a police officer he served with the Washington State Department of Corrections at McNeil Island Corrections Center.

Tyson Cox, Officer

Officer Cox

Officer Tyson Cox started his law enforcement career as a police officer in 2014 for Sauk Suiattle Tribal Police.  Tyson is a very approachable officer and communicates well with the community. 

Tyson has been hired as a full time officer and will be working hard at building positive communications with our community.  We are glad to have Tyson as a part of our public safety team.

Officer Kenneth Martin

Officer Kenneth Martin

Officer Martin comes to us from the Seattle Police Department; he has several years of law enforcement experience. He is originally from the east side of the state and was looking for an opportunity to move back to the area. Officer Martin believes in proactive policing and the community has already expressed their appreciation for his professionalism.

Crime Prevention Tips

  1. If you witness a crime or are the victim of a crime, immediately call 911. Too often we hear about crimes after the fact and through the grapevine. The best way to get a police response is not to call someone who is politically connected, the best way is to call 911.

  2. If you know that someone is a habitual criminal, don’t let them in your house. Even if you are related to them. Once you allow someone to stay in your house and especially if you take payment in any form, that individual now has a legal right to be on the property. (The exception to this would be if there is a court order in place)

  3. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse, please seek help before it destroys your life or the life of someone you love.

  4. Do not leave valuables in your vehicle.

  5. Lock your vehicle and set an alarm if you have one. Lock the doors to your house and set the alarm if you have one.

  6. Teach your kids that it is ok to fight back if someone tries to harm them. Enroll your kids in wrestling through their school. Wrestling is one of the most effective ways to defend one’s self and it is free or very low cost through the school district.

  7. If you are legally allowed to own a firearm, consider purchasing a quality firearm and get extensive training on how and when to use it. Always keep any firearm locked up when it is not on your person. Never carry a firearm in the glove box, under the seat of your car etc.…. If you carry a firearm you should obtain a Concealed Pistol License and only carry it in a high-quality holster on your person. You should spend twice as much on firearms training as you do on the firearm itself. We can’t over emphasize how important firearms training is if you choose to carry a firearm. When purchasing a firearm ask yourself, “Would I buy a discount parachute?” Purchase only the highest quality firearms and maintain them meticulously.

  8. Install video cameras around the exterior of your home. Make sure that the cameras are clear and that they cover all points of entry. Doorbell cameras are highly valuable tools for officer’s investigating crimes, and they can be effective at preventing crimes from occurring.

  9. Most burglaries happen during the daylight hours when most people are at work. If your alarm or doorbell camera goes off during the day, don’t immediately dismiss it as a false alarm. If you discover your house or business has been broken in to, let the police search it for you. Don’t enter a location that has obvious signs of a break in without the police checking it first.

  10. Get to know your neighbors and organize neighborhood watch programs. Report suspicious activity and don’t take the law into your own hands.

Chief David Marks
Mabton Police Department