PUBLIC RELATIONS UNIT
October 27, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact Information: PolicePRUnit@slcgov.com
24 Officers Graduate SLCPD Police Academy
SALT LAKE CITY — Today, the Salt Lake City Police Department added 24 new police officers to its ranks.
“Almost seven months ago, these 24 individuals entered their first day of the police academy with a wide range of previous job experiences,” said SLCPD Chief Mike Brown. “Today, they are now sworn members of the Salt Lake City Police Department and are committed to helping ensure our community is safe. I admire their willingness to take a step forward into this noble profession and to join the SLCPD’s legacy of courage, sacrifice, and unwavering service to our community.”
As outlined in the SLCPD 2022 Updated Crime Control Plan, filling all sworn positions is a top priority for the department.
For nearly seven months, the SLCPD Training Unit provided the recruit officers with training around legal, reality-based (scenario), defensive tactics, firearms, crisis intervention, and emergency vehicle operations.
The officers now enter the next phase of their training process, known as field training. During this time, the officers are partnered with a Field Training Officer (FTO) and are evaluated on how they perform the day-to-day functions of a patrol officer.
Chief Mike Brown added, “Recently, police officers nationwide are being faced with unprecedented acts of violence. These are stark reminders of the dangers and unpredictability of this profession. When most others run away, the women and men of the Salt Lake City Police Department run toward the danger. These newly minted police officers have been taught by the best group of training officers in the country. I am confident they are prepared to serve this community.”
The Salt Lake City Police Academy is a satellite academy that meets the guidelines and criteria set by the Utah Police Officer Standards and Training (POST).
As of October 24, 2022, the SLCPD has 43 vacant sworn positions from its authorized staffing level set by city council.
On September 19, 2022, the SLCPD welcomed 20 recruits who are a part of Class 160. They are anticipated to graduate in February 2023.
Four photos from today’s graduation ceremony are included with this press release.
Anyone interested in applying to be a police officer with the SLCPD should visit: https://www.slcpd.com/joinourteam/.
Applications are being accepted for both new hire and lateral police officers. Apply by December 24, 2022 to be considered for a police academy in May 2023.