Rural Living in the Heart of the Yakima Valley

Mabton Police Department

Mission 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.

 

 

Chief Eduardo Garcia

Chief Eduardo Garcia was born and raised in Toppenish, Washington. He is bilingual in English and speaks fluent Spanish. Chief Garcia has two sons, one serving in the United States Army and the other attending university.

Chief Garcia served as a reserve deputy in 1996 with the Yakima County Sheriff’s Department and then worked with the Granger Police Department from 1996-2003. He also worked for the Yakima Police Department for a short time. In 2003-2021 he worked for the Richland Police Department.

Chief Garcia retired from RPD in December 2021 and recently decided to return to work for the City of Mabton Police Department. He has served in law enforcement through these Central Washington police departments for a total of 24 years.

Sergeant Victor Fierro

Sergeant Fierro was raised in the City of Mabton and is a Mabton High School Alumni. He has strong ties to his community to this day and has really appreciated all of the community support he has received.

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.