Administration Bureau

Deputy Chief
Dave Askerlund

Brian Purvis

John Cameron

LaMar Ewell

Richard Lewis

Mia Jacobs


  • Training Unit

    The Salt Lake City Police Department has been authorized by the State of Utah to function as a satellite Peace Officer and Standards Training (POST) Academy. This has allowed the department to meet the growing demand for producing quality, well-trained police officers.

    The Training Unit is responsible for arranging and facilitating all training provided to the recruit officers during the 21-week academy. In addition, the unit supervises the 14-week Field Training Officer (FTO) program which all recruits are required to pass before being certified for solo patrol. The Training Unit also provides thousands of hours of annual training and continuing education for in-service police employees.

    The unit provides two citizens’ academies throughout the year. These are geared toward providing a general overview and introduction to police work for members of the community. These mini-academies have been a very positive and enjoyable experience for those who attend.

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  • Citizens Academy

    The Salt Lake City Police Department hosts a Citizens Academy at various times throughout the year for residents who want to become more acquainted with how the police department functions. After you fill out and submit the application, you will be contacted regarding upcoming dates for the Citizens’ Academy.

    During the three-day Academy, citizens will receive training in varied aspects of law enforcement, including the basics of patrol tactics, defensive tactics, firearms and many other subjects. “Cadets” will meet and talk with many of the members of the department. These courses will take place in a safe and entertaining training environment.

    Academy instructors are all law enforcement professionals, who teach both veteran police officers and new recruits. Participants will obtain a deeper understanding of the Police Department’s function, with an increased awareness of community partnership opportunities.

    To attend, applicants must be at least 18 years of age, live or work in Salt Lake City proper, and be able to pass a background check. For more information, please call (801) 799-4300.

    <a title=”Link to Citizens Academy webpage” href=””>View more Citizens Academy Information</a>

  • Internal Affairs (IA)

    The Internal Affairs Unit conducts administrative investigations into employee performance and conduct. The investigators work closely with representatives of the <a title=”Get Involved” href=”/community/get-involved/”>Civilian Review Board (CRB)</a> and employee associations. The investigators are sergeants and above in rank within the Police Department. Investigators are trained on current case law as it pertains to administrative investigations. The Internal Affairs Unit maintains all of the files pertaining to alleged misconduct, police vehicle accidents, vehicle pursuits, officer involved shootings, and employee disciplinary histories.

    The CRB conducts an independent investigation with an independent investigator and volunteer board members. All complaints of excessive force are referred to the CRB. Persons may request the CRB investigate complaints not involving force. Such a request must be submitted within four business days of filing an internal affairs complaint. Complaints must be filed with the Internal Affairs Unit at the Police Department before the CRB has jurisdiction.

    Collaboration between the Internal Affairs investigators and the CRB helps ensure police accountability, as well as protection for police officers who have been falsely accused. It promotes greater trust between the police department and the community it serves.

    Requests to have the CRB conduct an investigation may be filed over the telephone by calling (801) 535-7230 or in person at the City &amp; County Building, 451 South State Street, Room 512, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111. Complaints may be filed by printing the <span style=”text-decoration: underline”><strong><a title=”Complaint Form” href=”/c0ntent/uploads/complaint-form.pdf” target=”_blank”>Complaint Form</a></strong></span>, filling it out, and mailing it to the Police Civilian Review Board, 451 South State Street, #512, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111.

    To contact the Salt Lake City Police Department Internal Affairs Unit directly, please see the information below:

    Salt Lake City Police
    Internal Affairs Unit
    475 South 300 East
    PO Box 145497
    Salt Lake City, UT 84114-5497
    (801) 799-3351

  • Records

    With their proficiency at data entry, the Records Unit is commonly misperceived as a filing and data entry unit only. However, with the ever-changing technology of communication and the Records Management System, the unit’s skill and expertise in handling that information is an important resource.

    Records are a vital part of the police department in many ways:

    • For the patrol officer out in the field who runs a name or vehicle in the Records Management System (RMS) to see if there are any cases linked to that person or vehicle.
    • For the detective who reviews the case that has been assigned to them and then will check the RMS for additional information about the person(s) or vehicle(s) involved in the case.
    • For the city prosecutor who accesses the case in preparation for court.
    • For the justice court that receives RMS information regarding citations.
    • For the citizen who had their vehicle impounded and thought it was stolen.
    • For the victim of a crime who would like a copy of their case.

    The Records Unit is a key component of the police department and assists every division in one way or another. It is complete, accurate and timely record keeping that facilitates the work of a host of law enforcement partners, including courts, Adult Probation & Parole, Federal Probation, Division of Child & Family Services, the District Attorney, City Prosecutors, and, especially, the detectives and officers on patrol.

    Questions? Contact Us!

    Non-Emergency: (801) 799-3560
    Fax: (801) 799-4180