Captain Dan Pashon began his career with the Puyallup Police Department in September 1989. Prior to that he served in the United States Air Force as a Law Enforcement Specialist and as a Reserve Deputy with the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.
As an officer he worked patrol and later was selected as a K9 officer. He worked six years with his first partner, K9 Jordan, and two more years with K9 Dakota.
Captain Pashon was selected as a Property Crimes Detective in 2002 where he worked until being promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2004.
He spent the majority of his career in patrol working the “Night Shift” and would later become the administrative sergeant which was responsible for training, the Problem Oriented Policing Unit, and the School Resource Officer program.
In 2017 Captain Pashon was promoted to the rank of Captain. He currently serves as the department’s Professional Services Captain which covers the department’s traffic unit, school resource officers, training, community outreach program, hiring, and recruiting functions for the department.
Captain Pashon has been awarded the Puyallup Police Department’s Distinguished Service Medal, Medal of Merit, and Medal of Valor during his 30-year career.
Captain Pashon is grateful to have had the opportunity to work in a community where the citizens work in partnership with law enforcement. He notes that at least once a week a citizen will come up to him and thank him for his service to the community. The men and woman of the Puyallup Police Department are grateful for that level of appreciation from the people that they serve.
On his personal time Captain Pashon enjoys traveling the United States with his wife of 23 years, spending time with family and friends, and bicycling.