One of the most notable public safety improvements in the last year was the implementation of a new 800 MHz communications system that will allow the Puyallup Police Department to communicate with other local fire, police, and emergency management teams to quickly and effectively respond to incidents and natural disasters. This type of system was a recommendation of the commission which reviewed the response to the 9-11 attacks, and it required a cooperative effort between many City departments. The City received Federal and State funding to help support this project and hosted a regional training exercise involving Governor Gregoire and public safety agencies from throughout three counties. Other Public Safety achievements are listed below:
- Hired additional staff – 5 Dispatchers – to meet demand and reduce overtime.
- Regional capabilities and partnerships enhanced.
- Facility expansion planned to accommodate future dispatch partners.
Police Department Achievements
- Swore in Chief Jim Collyer and Deputy Chief Bryan Jeter.
- Within a month following the West Hills Annexation, the Puyallup Police Department acted swiftly to close in on a drug distribution operation that had been operating within the area for several years.
- In-Car Camera program has moved from a pilot stage to production with six cars outfitted. Grant funding exists for additional cameras this year.
- Utilized a federal grant to conduct a combined police/fire Active Shooter response training. This is the first joint training since the inception of the Fire department's new approach to Hot Zone responses.
- Narcotic detection dog Timber, donated by retired Chief Loc Reader and his wife, completed training and replaced K9 Linc.
- Conducted "Safecatch" training to all banks within the City of Puyallup.
- Photo red light program began.
- New firearms training program instituted which resulted in 20% more training time for the officers at a reduced cost to the department.
- Electronic collision and citation pilot program implemented. This program saves officer time by eliminating the need to re-enter offender information into the computer.
- Jail Management Records System upgrade which improves monthly reporting and reduces duplicate data entry for jail staff.
- Enhanced inmate phone system which is anticipated to produce a 35% increase in revenue.
- National Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Conference held in Seattle in 2008 featured two speakers from our police department.
- Department bait car was recently re-tooled with new GPS tracker equipment and camera for more effective deployment and tracking.
- Puyallup Police Department command staff assumed direct supervision responsibility for all law enforcement operations inside the Western Washington Fair this year.