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Chief's Welcome

Chief Donald RamsdellOn behalf of the men and women of the Tacoma Police Department, I would like to thank you for your interest in our department. As an accredited Police Department through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), we are committed to providing the citizens of Tacoma with the highest level of police service by meeting nationally set standards of police excellence through model policies, procedures and practices.

Our department has worked hard over the years to build strong working relationships throughout our community, city departments and various agencies and businesses through a commitment to Community Oriented Policing. These relationships have allowed us to build collaborative partnerships to effectively reduce crime and crime-related activity throughout our neighborhoods and business districts so people feel safe and secure where they live, work and visit in Tacoma.
Personally, after a 35-year career with the Tacoma Police Department, I now have plans to retire January 1, 2021. I made the announcement in July of 2020 to provide plenty of time for the city to conduct a thorough search for my successor and so I can help with a smooth transition in leadership. I’m confident this department will continue, long after I retire, to provide the excellent service to the community that it’s become known for nationally.

If you live in Tacoma, I’d like to thank you for the years of support. Our aim has been to help you feel safe and secure as you enjoy life in our fine city and I hope we’ve been successful in meeting that goal. If you’re a visitor to Tacoma, welcome! We aim to protect and serve, and I hope you enjoy your stay. And if you’re interested in working at the Tacoma Police Department, from my own personal experience, there is no better agency to be associated with. It has been an honor to work alongside such professional and compassionate members of this department and, with so many opportunities provided to me throughout my career, I can assure you this department has much to offer in the near- and long-term.

I can tell you that in my final months here at “TPD”, and even after I retire, I will continue to do all that I can to meet this department’s goal of making Tacoma a great place to live, work and visit. Thank you for your continued support and welcome!

Donald Ramsdell
Chief of Police