Captain Don Bourbon began his career in law enforcement with the Seattle Police Department in June 1998. Captain Bourbon made a lateral move to the Puyallup Police Department in 1999. Captain Bourbon was promoted to Sergeant in 2016. He was appointed to the role of Acting Captain in October 2019 and was promoted to a permanent Captain position in 2021.
During his career Captain Bourbon has served as a K9 handler, SWAT Operator, SWAT K9 handler, Union President, Major Crimes Detective, Special Investigations Detective, Field Training Officer, Police Training Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Problem Oriented Policing Unit Supervisor, Crime Response Unit (CRU) member, Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) Instructor, Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) Instructor, School Resource Officer (SRO) Supervisor, Community Outreach Officer Supervisor, Administrative/Training Sergeant, Department Quartermaster, Background Investigator, and a bicycle officer.
Captain Bourbon currently serves as the Professional Service Division Captain as well as a member of the Incident Management Team (IMT). Captain Bourbon also is involved in the City’s Emergency Management Team and Emergency Operations Center.
Captain Bourbon was born in Missouri and settled in Washington State after serving in the United States Army. Captain Bourbon has been married to his wife Tina for almost 28 years and they have two boys, Ryan and Conner. When not at work Captain Bourbon enjoys spending time with his family, staying active outdoors, and traveling!