It is the Puyallup Police Department’s mission to work in partnership with the community to support a safe environment and to reduce crime and the fear of crime. Our values are SERVICE - Safety • Ethics • Respect • Vigilance • Integrity • Compassion • Excellence. Our department structure includes a Chief, a Deputy Chief, 3 Captains, 8 Sergeants, and 44 Police Officers.
The Puyallup Police Department is committed to utilizing innovative strategies to prevent crime. Our agency adopted the Problem Oriented Policing (POP) philosophy to proactively seek out criminal behavior and activity, and study crime patterns and trends in order to implement directed enforcement. There are a sergeant and two officers assigned to this unit.
The Operations division has a four squad configuration, each squad working four twelve-hour shifts with four days off on a rotating basis. Each squad has a sergeant who supervises seven patrol officers. The division also includes a designated Traffic Unit, two tracking canines, and a patrol bicycle program.
The Puyallup Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division is responsible for follow-up investigations on criminal allegations involving crimes against people, crimes against property, fraud, narcotics and juvenile crimes. The division is divided into two sections, Major Crimes Unit and Special Investigations Unit. Each Puyallup detective carries an average caseload of 25-40 cases.
The department operates a 52-prisoner (12 females and 40 males) misdemeanor correctional facility. In addition to Puyallup offenders, the facility is often used by other local law enforcement agencies. Current staffing includes a Corrections Lieutenant, two Corrections Sergeants, and nine Corrections Officers.
Other units in our department include: Crime Prevention, School Resource Officer, regional narcotics task force, regional SWAT, Training, Drug Recognition, and several volunteer programs including Reserves, VIPS (Volunteers in Police Service), and an Explorer Post.
Specialty Units at Puyallup PD
Criminal Investigation Division
Detectives in the Criminal Investigations Division are assigned to the Major Crimes Unit or the Special Investigations Unit.
The Bike Unit patrols the downtown and during special events.
Puyallup PD is a member agency of Metro SWAT.
The department has several in-house training instructors for Defensive Tactics, Range, EVOC and Active Shooter Response, among others.
Members of the Major Collision Response Team receive specialized training and state of the art equipment to scan collision and crime scenes.
Puyallup PD has a Traffic Unit consisting of two Motorcycle Officers.
The K9 Unit currently consists of two generalist canine teams.