The Puyallup Police Department Professional Services Unit is led by a Captain who oversees the functions of Problem Oriented Policing, the City of Puyallup Jail, Police Records and Support Services, Training, Internal Affairs, PIO, Explorers and Animal Control.
Captain Scott Engle
Professional Services Division
The Puyallup Police Department's Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP Unit) was formed to provide a proactive approach to fighting crime within our city. As part of this approach, the department is looking at ways to prevent and abate crime. We believe that an effective way to achieve this goal is to work in partnership with our citizens to create a safe place to live, work and play.
The POP Unit is comprised of police officers, a parking enforcement specialist and citizen volunteers. The unit seeks to establish partnerships within the community in an effort to identify and provide creative and innovative solutions to community concerns. These issues may include, but are not limited to, traffic emphasis, parking complaints, auto thefts and prowls and personal, child, auto and home safety issues.
The Problem Oriented Policing Unit helps to provide resources and assistance to all citizens with a goal of creating a healthier overall community.
The City of Puyallup Jail was built in 1968. In 1991 the facility was updated, and in 1993 the entire Police Department and Jail went through a major remodel which included the addition of a vehicle sally port, recreation area and additional office space.
The jail operates as a 52-prisoner (9 females and 43 males) misdemeanor correctional facility. In addition to Puyallup offenders, the facility is often used by other local law enforcement agencies.
The Professional Services Division oversees the records division and other support functions behind the scenes at Puyallup Police Department.
The Puyallup Police Explorer Post 530 is a group of volunteers youths ages 14-20 years old who are interested in a career in law enforcement. Click here for more information on the Puyallup Police Explorer program.
Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) is a volunteer group dedicated to recognizing, reporting and preventing suspicious activity in our community. These valuable volunteers assist the Puyallup Police Department on an as-needed basis. VIPS are responsible for staffing the Police Department information desk, Disabled Parking Enforcement, radar trailer deployment, assist Police Department staff in the jail and coordinate special events as needed.
For more information about the VIPS program, contact (253) 770-3351, email Lieutenant Ed Shannon, or drop by the information desk in the lobby of the Puyallup Police Department.