Public Safety Academy Goes Virtual

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the UPPD to offer its popular Public Safety Academy virtually this fall. The five sessions were offered virtually, via Microsoft Teams, and those who registered for the Academy in advance could watch them in real time and pose questions to the presenters through the Teams chat box.

The Academy focused on the local implications of many of the policing topics that have been in the news recently. Representatives from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, which has provided officers to University Place since the City’s incorporation 25 years ago, explained the rigorous process of how its law enforcement officers (as deputies of the PCSD) are hired, trained and selected. It also included two sessions on the growing role of mental health in law enforcement, both for the public and responding officers. All five sessions were recorded and will be available for the public to view at