Captain Visnaw


Captain Visnaw began his law enforcement career in 1994 as a reserve police officer for the City of Ellensburg.  Captain Visnaw was hired as a full-time police officer by the City of Buckley in 1997.  Captain Visnaw made a lateral move to the City of Puyallup Police Department in 2003.  He has served in a variety of assignments throughout his career, to include Patrol Officer, Meth Lab Team Member, Metro SWAT Team Member, Bicycle Patrol Officer, Police Training Officer and Detective.

Captain Visnaw was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2013.  As a sergeant, Captain Visnaw served as a Patrol Sergeant and as the Major Crimes Unit Sergeant in the Criminal Investigations Division.  Captain Visnaw held the rank of sergeant until his promotion to captain in 2018.

As a captain, Captain Visnaw was first assigned to lead the Criminal Investigations Division. His next and current assignment was to lead the Operations Division.  Captain Visnaw also oversees the Department’s Peer Support and Wellness programs, the Unmanned Aerial Systems program and he oversees the Puyallup PD personnel assigned to the multi-agency tactical team.

Captain Visnaw holds a bachelor’s degree in Individual Studies from Central Washington University and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy (Session #278).

Captain Visnaw was born and raised in Pierce County and has deep ties to the local community.  He feels blessed to work in a community with such overwhelming support for its first responders.

When not at work, Captain Visnaw enjoys spending time with his wife and children.  He enjoys hunting, golf and travel.