The Tacoma Police Department is committed to collaborating with community members to proactively identify and address public safety issues and concerns.
In 2015, in the midst of tensions around the United States between police officers and community members, the City of Tacoma launched Project PEACE, a proactive effort to improve relationships between the Tacoma Police Department and community members.
Following a successful series of Project PEACE conversations designed to build trust, relationships and understanding between community members and Tacoma Police Department officers, the City of Tacoma has since taken a number of steps to help create safer neighborhoods and foster a higher level of community engagement.
The focus is on these six key pillars.
Pillar 1: Build Trust and Legitimacy
Become more accessible, open, approachable, and transparent with all segments of our community
Pillar 2: Improve Policy and Oversight
Implement a body worn camera program
Pillar 3: Social Media
Greater use of social media to engage the community and help solve crimes
Pillar 4: Community Policing and Crime Reduction
Greater collaboration between TPD and citizens
Pillar 5: Enhance Training and Education
Increase officer awareness on institutional racism/implicit bias/cultural competency and de-escalation. Mental health trauma and crisis training
Pillar 6: Officer Wellness and Safety
Ensure the wellness and safety of our officers as it is critical not only to themselves, their co-workers, and the department but also to public safety