Operations Bureau

Jeff Kendrick

Deputy Chief


Community Operations

Lance VanDongen

Captain


Special Operations Division

Ty Farillas

Captain


Pioneer Patrol Division

Stefhan Bennett

Captain


Liberty Patrol Division

Martin Kaufmann

Captain


Airport Division

Justin Hudson

Lieutenant


Liberty Administration

Victor Siebeneck

Lieutenant


Pioneer Administration

Derek Dimond

Lieutenant


Tactical Unit

Charli Goodman

Lieutenant


Strategic Deployment Unit

John Beener

Lieutenant


Motor/Special Events Unit

Watch Command


Russ Amott

Lieutenant


David Cracroft

Lieutenant


Jennifer Diederich

Lieutenant


Mike Hatch

Lieutenant


Andy Leonard

Lieutenant


Brett Olsen

Lieutenant


Gary Trost

Lieutenant


Carlos Valencia

Lieutenant


Liberty Patrol Division

The Liberty Patrol Division is one of the two patrol divisions for SLCPD under the Operations Bureau. Within the division we house patrol officers and the field training officer program. Liberty Patrol Division operates out of the Public Safety Building at 475 S 300 East. Telephone contact can be made by calling (801) 799-3100.

Patrol Bureau

The Patrol Bureau is responsible for handling all calls for service from community members and visitors in Salt Lake City. In addition, Patrol Officers work proactively to prevent crime and form partnerships with the community to improve the quality of life throughout the city. Patrol is a 24/7 operation that typically handles 150,000 calls for service per year. Because Patrol officers are the first-responders to calls-for-service and emergencies, they need to be highly trained in resolving and restoring order in any type of emergency.

Each day brings a myriad of new problems for officers to resolve. Officers are often tasked with responding to tragedies which requires a considerable amount of emotional self-control and restraint. Officers choose to work patrol for the constant challenge of running into the dangerous unknown to help strangers in their time of need. Patrol Officers also are the front line guardians of the community and constantly work to prevent crime.

Lt. Watch Command
Watch Command represents the Office of the Chief and operates within the Operations Bureau. Watch Commanders bear the rank of lieutenant and are responsible for overseeing day-to-day field operations, ensuring that employees provide and maintain a professional standard of service. During major incidents, Watch Commanders will be the onsite incident commander directing all available police resources to ensure public safety. In the absence of a Public Information Officer, Watch Commanders will handle media relations and public safety messaging.
K9

The Salt Lake City Police Department K9 Squad was established in 1958. Although the squad was dissolved for a short period of time it continues to be an enormous support function for citizens of Salt Lake City and the employees of the police department.

The K9 motto is “Helping criminals make better decisions since 1958”. Although some may get a laugh out of this, handlers on the squad know it to be true. The mere presence of a police dog on a scene is often enough to calm any agitated involved parties down enough so officers can deal with them peacefully.

Police K9s are used anytime they can make a search safer, more thorough, and more efficient. When necessary, they are also used as a tactical option for patrol officers and in select SWAT applications. Currently the police department has seven K9 teams. Each of these teams are made up of a handler (two-legged officer) and a K9, or PSD (Police Service Dog). There are 5 dual-purpose (patrol) dogs and 2 single purpose tracking dogs. Patrol dogs are either German Shepherds or Belgian Malinois and the tracking dogs are bloodhounds. Patrol dogs are best known for their superhuman abilities in apprehending criminals who attack or flee from officers, and their ability to sniff for drugs. Bloodhounds are best known for their ability to track lost children or adults, and criminals who have ran from the police.

Visit the K9 FAQ page

Pioneer Patrol Division

The Pioneer Patrol Division is one of the two patrol divisions for SLCPD under the Operations Bureau. Within the division we house patrol officers and the field training officer program. Pioneer Patrol Division is located at 1040 West 700 South. Telephone contact can be made by calling (801) 799-3100.

Patrol Bureau

The Patrol Bureau is responsible for handling all calls for service from community members and visitors in Salt Lake City. In addition, Patrol Officers work proactively to prevent crime and form partnerships with the community to improve the quality of life throughout the city. Patrol is a 24/7 operation that typically handles 150,000 calls for service per year. Because Patrol officers are the first-responders to calls-for-service and emergencies, they need to be highly trained in resolving and restoring order in any type of emergency.

Each day brings a myriad of new problems for officers to resolve. Officers are often tasked with responding to tragedies which requires a considerable amount of emotional self-control and restraint. Officers choose to work patrol for the constant challenge of running into the dangerous unknown to help strangers in their time of need. Patrol Officers also are the front line guardians of the community and constantly work to prevent crime.

Lt. Watch Command
Watch Command represents the Office of the Chief and operates within the Operations Bureau. Watch Commanders bear the rank of lieutenant and are responsible for overseeing day-to-day field operations, ensuring that employees provide and maintain a professional standard of service. During major incidents, Watch Commanders will be the onsite incident commander directing all available police resources to ensure public safety. In the absence of a Public Information Officer, Watch Commanders will handle media relations and public safety messaging.

Special Operations Division

The Special Operations Division includes the tactical unit which is comprised of the squads such as SWAT, narcotics, organized crime, and gangs: Other units within the division include the Strategic Deployment Unit and the Motors/Special Events, which are comprised of the bike squads, social workers, CIT, HOST, and motors.

Motor/Special Events Unit
  • Motors
  • Special Events
  • Secondary Employment
  • Public Order
Strategic Deployment Unit
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Unit
  • The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Unit is comprised of CIT, HOST and Social Workers that work out of the Community Connection Center (CCC) at 511 W. 200 S. Suite 100. We have three CIT Officers (Crisis Intervention Trained) along with two HOST Officers (Homeless Outreach Service Team) assigned to a sergeant. We have a team of civilian employees including five social workers and we are growing. With the help of community providers, we help individuals obtain documents such as, but not limited to; drivers licenses, birth certificates, social security cards, and other items that will help to allow the individual to find gainful employment as well as housing. We also organize job placement seminars and work closely with mental health providers to help individuals become self-sufficient.

  • Bike Patrols
  • The bike squads are responsible for patrolling the Downtown Area including Main St, Library Square, around the Homeless Shelter, and the City Parks. Their focus is to create a safe environment for all residents living in Salt Lake City and visitors to the downtown area. Using their bikes, our bike officers are effective at patrolling downtown as well as getting around and into the parks. They can be utilized in a variety of situations and focus on proactive enforcement. They also specialize in getting to know the residents and employees at the many downtown businesses addressing their concerns.

Tactical Unit
  • SWAT
  • City Narcs
  • The Salt Lake City Narcotics Unit, in partnership with members of the community, and through joint operations with other units within the Salt Lake City Police Department and other criminal justice entities; endeavors to abate narcotic sales operations within neighborhoods and locations with chronic drug activity.

    The Salt Lake City Narcotics Unit is dedicated to identifying, arresting, and prosecuting those involved in the manufacture, transportation, and sales of illicit dangerous drugs within our community or those with a direct nexus to our community.

    If you have a tip related to the Narcotics Unit (Not for crimes in progress) call: (801) 799-DRUG (3784) – you may remain anonymous- or visit: www.tipsubmit.com and fill in the form.

  • Street Crimes
  • Organized Crime
  • City Gangs
  • HDU
  • Traditionally called the “Bomb Squad”, the Salt Lake City Police Department Hazardous Devices Unit is a member of Utah’s statewide Bomb Response Task Force and is accredited by the FBI. In addition to members from the Salt Lake City Police Department, the unit is supported by FBI-certified bomb technicians from the Salt Lake International Airport Police Department and the University of Utah Police Department. Members of the squad are very experienced with live incidents and have had extensive training in render safe procedures, explosive destruction, blast mitigation, and post blast investigation.

    The Hazardous Devices Unit has full bomb and explosive recovery response capabilities, utilizing all the latest equipment and technology.

Airport Division

The Airport Bureau is responsible for law enforcement at Salt Lake City International Airport. The airport operates as a city within the city and staffs a number of patrol officers, detectives, and other specialty positions as deemed appropriate to safeguard the airport and its customers. Our goal is to keep the airport safe, open and operational.

The Airport Bureau works with virtually all Federal law enforcement agencies, the TSA, and the Airport Operations Division to deter, detect, and prosecute criminal activity with a nexus to safe airport operations on airport owned property.

Are airport police different from other police officers?
No, they are not. Airport police officers are sworn peace officers with full police powers in the State of Utah. The airport police officers' primary duty is to patrol airport property, however, they are empowered by state law to take action outside of their designated patrol area if there is an immediate danger to a person's safety, or if they observe a crime in progress.
How do I request a report?
Make an online request at the airport's Public Records page. Call 801-575-2470 during business hours and you will be put in contact with a person who can assist you.
Who can I call if I have a question or complaint about police procedures?
If you have a question about police procedures, comments, or wish to make a complaint, call the Airport Police station at (801) 575-2470 and ask for the Duty Sergeant.
What should I do if I'm involved in a traffic collision?
A person should first ensure there are no injuries. If nobody is injured, drivers should exchange information: driver's license numbers, vehicle license numbers, names, addresses, phone numbers, names of insurance companies, policy numbers, location of accident, date and time the accident occurred.
How do I report a traffic collision?
To report traffic collisions, call (801) 575-2401.
Who handles traffic in front of the terminals?
The personnel assigned to control traffic in front of the terminals are traffic enforcement officers. They are not police officers and do not have police authority, however, they do have the authority to issue parking citations and impound illegally parked vehicles from the curb.
How can I find out if my vehicle has been towed?
Contact the airport Control Center at (801) 575-2401 and provide the vehicle license plate number. They will check the status of the vehicle and will inform you if it has been impounded or towed to another location.
I applied for a security identification badge and was told I was disqualified. Why?
The airport is required to comply with strict federal guidelines regarding the issuing of security identification badges. If you have received a letter saying you are disqualified, it is because a criminal history check revealed a conviction that disqualified you in accordance with the Transportation Security Administration guidelines.
How can I contest a traffic or parking citation?
A person who receives a traffic citation may contest it by going through the process listed on the back of the citation. Parking citations have instructions on the back explaining the procedure for speaking to a hearing officer if you feel the citation was not warranted.
How do I compliment an officer's work?
You may compliment an officer's work by calling the Duty Sergeant at (801) 575-2470.
If I attempt to board an aircraft or enter screening with a firearm will I be arrested?
Yes. Only law enforcement officers and federally trained pilots are allowed to carry firearms through screening or aboard the aircraft. Contact your airline for instructions on how to legally and safely transport firearms/weapons. At a minimum, the unloaded weapon will need to be locked in a hard-sided gun case. The ammunition can not be loose and will need to be in an ammunition box, preferably the box it was purchased in.
Why do airport police evacuate buildings and cause aircraft and traffic delays?
Occasionally situations arise which require that we secure areas of the airport terminals in the interest of public safety. Every effort is made to resolve these incidents as quickly as possible to minimize inconvenience. In all cases, the safety of the public and employees is our main concern.
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