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March 14, 2024


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17 Officers Graduate SLCPD Police Academy

SALT LAKE CITY — Today, 17 Salt Lake City police recruits from Academy Class 167 took the next step in their law enforcement career by graduating from the Salt Lake City Police training academy.

“Today, contemporary law enforcement requires a different attitude of its police officers,” said Chief Mike Brown. “As policing changes quicker than ever, I am truly confident, our next generation of police officers will be able to keep pace and respond in a moment’s notice.”

“As we celebrate the graduation of our newest Salt Lake City police officers, let’s reflect on the depth of their responsibility. Beyond enforcement, it’s about fostering a city that prioritizes safety for our residents, families, and children,” said Council Member Sarah Young. “These graduates aren’t just officers; they’re the superheroes of Salt Lake City. Congratulations to them, and may they uphold their duty with honor.”

As outlined in the SLCPD’s Crime Control Plan, filling all sworn positions is a top priority for the department.

For nearly seven months, the SLCPD Training Unit has 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 paired with a Field Training Officer (FTO) and are evaluated on how they perform the day-to-day functions of a patrol officer.

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 March 14, 2024, the SLCPD has 23 vacant sworn positions from its authorized staffing level set by city council.

The SLCPD has already hired 28 people for police officer positions in 2024.

On Monday, January 22, 2024, the SLCPD welcomed 22 recruits who are a part of Class 169. They are anticipated to graduate in July.

Four photos from today’s graduation ceremony are included with this news release.

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Applications are being accepted for both new hire and lateral police officers.

Photo: SLCPD Chief Mike Brown gives remarks at Police Academy Class 167’s graduation (SLCPD photo; March 14, 2024).

Photo: A new Salt Lake City Police Officer is congratulated by SLCPD Command Staff members (SLCPD photo; March 14, 2024).

Photo: SLCPD Police Academy Class 167 takes the oath of office (SLCPD photo; March 14, 2024).

Photo: A new SLCPD police officer has their badge pinned on them by a family member (SLCPD photo; March 14, 2024).