Training & Policies
To our Puyallup Community:
I have received numerous questions about the Puyallup Police Department’s policies, training, data collection, and other topics as they relate to the horrific events in Minneapolis. As I stated in my original letter to our community, what happened in Minneapolis was wrong. Police officers take an oath to protect the public – that means all members of the public. The Puyallup PD core values of SERVICE-- Safety, Ethics, Respect, Vigilance, Integrity, Compassion, and Excellence--guide our actions every day, and they do not discriminate. As you review the information below, I want to reiterate that we are committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for EVERYONE who lives, works, and visits our community.
The following is meant to provide information to our community related to the questions we have received. I felt it was important for this information to be available to the community at-large. There are links provided which will direct you to additional information related to these topics. It is our goal to be transparent and responsive to our community in all that we do.
Chief of Police
- Does your Use of Force Policy allow for “chokeholds” and “strangleholds”?
- Does your Use of Force Policy require a warning before shooting?
- What are your department Calls for Service, Arrest, and Use of Force statistics?
- Does your Use of Force Policy require officers to exhaust all alternatives before shooting?
- Does your Use of Force Policy ban shooting at moving vehicles?
- Does your Use of Force Policy include a duty to intervene provision?
- Does your Use of Force Policy require a "use of force continuum?"
- Does your policy require comprehensive reporting?
- Do your officers wear body cameras or have in-car cameras?
- Is the Puyallup Police Department a State Accredited Agency?
- How does your department connect with your community?
- Does your department conduct training in de-escalation, crises intervention, and anti-bias training?
- Does your department have a bias-based policing policy?
- Does your department have a formal complaint policy?
- What are the diversity statistics for the police department?