The Administrative Services Bureau, under the command of Assistant Chief Kathy McAlpine, is the behind-the-scenes section of the Tacoma Police Department. The areas covered by the Administrative Services Bureau include the Crime Analysis Unit, Computer Services, Accreditation, Quartermaster, Fleet, the Tacoma Police Department's Harrison Range, and the Finance section, which is responsible for the payroll, purchasing and accounts receivable services for the Department. Additional areas with the Administrative Services Bureau include:
Recruiting and Hiring
The Hiring Section of the Tacoma Police Department aggressively seeks to recruit and hire the most qualified, competent and well-adjusted individuals to serve our community as police officers. Our goal is to have the demographics of our Department reflect the demographics of the community in which we serve. For more information on becoming a Tacoma Police Officer, please see our Employment page.
The Training Section is committed to ensuring that all training provided to members of the Department will maximize the employee's professional and personal development. Our training is aimed at instilling and fostering a level of confidence and knowledge that will meet the daily challenges associated with an ever-changing and complex environment.
The Internal Affairs Section is primarily a fact finding entity, and its purpose is to protect the public, the Department and its employees. This Section is designed to promote the high standards to which every member of the Tacoma Police Department, both commissioned and non-commissioned, continually aspire. For more information on the Internal Affairs Section, please see our IA page.
In October 2004, a cost-benefit analysis was completed by Mercury Associates Inc. on the Department's Assigned Vehicle Program. We are very proud of this program and its benefits to our Officers and the citizens of Tacoma. Why? It is far better for the City to assign vehicles to Officers than to have them share vehicles from a pool. The annual savings is $1.5 million for assigned versus pool vehicles. The primary reason for the savings is increased officer productivity as a result of not having to check out a pool vehicle and transfer equipment in and out of them each day. Further, the commuting cost of patrol vehicles is less than the cost of building and operating additional parking places in the City. Further, allowing Officers to take police vehicles home provides additional benefits due to Officers responding to emerging calls while driving to and from work, responding to calls more quickly, and providing citizens with an increased sense of safety by having cars parked in neighborhoods.